Sarah Elizabeth Richards

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Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist and the author of Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Slate and Salon.

How to Stay Hopeful, Even When it’s Really, Really Hard

We all know dating can be disappointing. Yet there’s a big difference between feeling bummed about a great first date who never contacts you again and taking that short mental taxi ride to hopelessness territory. One reaction passes within a few hours, and the other can last days, generating overwhelming feelings and defeating thoughts that […]

Ladies, Don’t Take the ‘How Do You Like Online Dating?’ Bait!

The question seems innocent enough. “How do you like online dating?” your date asks. But beware! It’s a sneaky conversational trap that will wreck a good date before you’ve even had a chance to compare high school prom stories. There is only one correct answer. “My online dating experience has been great,” you will say […]

Stop the Endless Emailing and Go on a Date!

You know the feeling: You anxiously open an email from the guy you’ve been corresponding with over the last few weeks. After quickly scanning the content, you see a series of question marks at the end. Oh, the agony! He’s asking you more questions. This time he wants to know: “What kind of music do […]

Come from a Crazy Family? How to Turn Around Your Background

When I did online dating a few years ago, there was one sentence that used to make me cringe: “My parents have been married 40 years.” “Well, that’s nice!” I thought. Mine aren’t. In fact, my parents divorced when I was 18. My mom remarried, but that marriage just went kaput too. I understand what […]

Stop the Hating: Don’t Get Dragged Down by Online Dating Horror Stories

Why do people love to tell you their bad online dating stories? You meet someone at a party who tells you she was recently divorced (or her father was widowed or her daughter was dumped) and is having trouble meeting new people. You try to be helpful and innocently mention online dating as an option. […]

The Freedom of Forgiveness: Let Go of Your Exes and Get Ready For Love

We all like to think we’re not bringing the baggage of the past into our new relationships. But no matter how much you are totally over your exes, it’s a fact that they’re still sitting with you across the table from your new date. You might as well get a bigger table because your parents, […]

New to Online Dating? Set Yourself Up for Success During Prime Time

January and February are the busiest months of the year for online dating. Not only are new people fueled by their resolutions, veteran members get more serious in their search for a sweetie. It’s a fun and hopeful season marked by a flurry of emails and plans. You never know when a first date is going […]

Take Advantage of These Surprising Holiday Dating Strategies

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to connect with friends and family, but if you’re single, it can seem as if you’ve had to put your online dating life on hold for weeks. You don’t want to ask anyone out on a date because you don’t want to interrupt their time with friends […]

Scared of Being Single During the Holidays? Don’t Let it Sabotage Your Dating Life

What is it about the holiday season that makes being single feel worse than any other time of year? You’re convinced that every partnered person is basking in meaningful moments: Cuddling in front of fires, exchanging thoughtful “I totally get you” gifts and spending special times with family. The single person, on the other hand, […]

Four Reasons to Be Grateful for Online Dating – While You’re Looking for Love

When you come home from a disappointing date, it’s tempting to want to hurl your heels across the room, fling yourself across your bed and shout, “Well, that was a waste of time!” Okay, perhaps that’s just me. But there’s something pretty galling about setting aside an evening, getting all dolled up at the gym […]

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