Cara Strickland

Posts by Cara Strickland

Cara Strickland writes about food and drink, mental health, faith and being single from her home in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hot tea, good wine, and deep conversations. She will always want to play with your dog. Connect with her on Twitter @anxiouscook or at www.carastrickland.com.

being single and issues
July 20, 2017

You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

Lately I’ve been on a bravery kick. I’ve been taking myself on dates—going to dinner or lunch by myself, or taking myself to the movies alone. Sometimes, I’ll wander around an antique store, or enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Farmer’s Market. I’ll admit that I enjoy doing these things by myself. I love the […]

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chemistry in a relationship
June 29, 2017

Just Not Feeling it: The Importance of Chemistry

Several years ago, I was in a situation that felt meant to be. After abruptly abandoning the online dating account I’d opened in the wake of a breakup, I was invited to dinner with a couple I knew. Little did I know, it was a set-up. Dinner ended up being at the home of a […]

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how to fall in love with anyone
June 27, 2017

How to Fall in Love With Anyone: An interview with Mandy Len Catron

In 2015, Mandy Len Catron wrote a piece for the New York Times Modern Love column called “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This.” At the time, I was just embarking on a new relationship, hoping to fall in love. One brilliant summer day, I read the essay aloud to my new boyfriend before […]

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save the date interview
June 14, 2017

Save the Date: An Interview with Jen Doll

I read Save the Date, mostly on my front porch, in a hammock. It was summer, and my roommate was getting married, as well as many other people I knew, in a short period of time. It seemed fitting to read a book of essays about going to weddings, and having a whole spectrum of […]

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Time Management Concept : Retro alarm clock in bird cage with gray background.. (3D Illustration)
May 30, 2017

Counting Down to Love: Thoughts on ‘Timer’

Recently, I was trying to decide what to watch on Netflix when I came across the movie Timer. A friend had recommended it, so I clicked. It’s an independent film about a society, much like our own, but in this world you can get a timer which counts down until you meet your soulmate. It’s […]

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wedding toasts i will  never give
May 16, 2017

Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give: An Interview with Ada Calhoun

In 2015, I joined many others in reading Ada Calhoun’s Modern Love piece: “The Wedding Toast I’ll Never Give.” It was about the challenges and difficulties in marriage, but it was also about why marriage was worthwhile. I loved every word. Sometimes, well-meaning people hear that I’m single and that I’d like to be married […]

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women dating online
May 2, 2017

A Letter to All the Women Dating Online

Hi there, I don’t know your story, or what has led you to choose dating online. Maybe you’re freshly single after a long relationship. Maybe you haven’t dated much at all. Maybe, like I once was, you’re just tired of people asking you if you’ve ever tried dating online and you want to be able […]

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letter to guys online dating
April 27, 2017

A Letter to All the Men Dating Online

Hi there, I’m Cara. At many points over the last few years, I’ve been one of those thumbnail pictures you might click on if I catch your eye. Just like you, I’m looking for love, for connection. I’m trying to put myself out there in all the ways I know how. I’m not sure why […]

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dating and harry potter
March 28, 2017

Sorting Your Significant Other: Dating for Your Harry Potter House

Not long ago, my roommate and I were talking about dating when we struck upon another topic we both enjoy: Harry Potter. Beyond the obvious question: who in the wizarding world would you like to date? (For me, it’s between Sirius Black and Oliver Wood), there is another, more real world question: what house is […]

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yoga is like dating
March 23, 2017

Namaste: Dating Lessons From Yoga

When I first started taking yoga classes, I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what to wear, or whether I’d be good at it. But I’d heard good things about yoga. I’d heard that I could take the lessons of mindfulness and apply them to other areas of my life. My friends told me that it […]

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