When you write about dating and relationships, you feel a special kinship with others who are doing the same – and adding something valuable to the conversation.
As I currently enjoy Melanie Notkin’s fantastic new book Otherhood (full review to come), I have also connected with two other women whose stories are worth sharing.
Michelle Ortega moved to NYC following the end of her 13-year marriage, finding herself single at 40. She found the best tonic for it in talking to other single women. Michelle shares that experience in here new documentary, The Single Ladies of NY, which follows women of different ages looking for love in the Big Apple.
“The greatest comfort I got was through talking to other single women,” she says. “Gaining their wisdom, experiences, being able to laugh off bad dates, lack of dates, and embarrassing situations. I thought younger women would have it easier, but they have their own set of challenges!“
You can see a trailer and help support the film’s fundraising campaign by visiting the film’s Kickstarter page.
New Jersey-based matchmaker and singles event host Risa Glaser is an inspiring example that there’s no expiration date for finding love.
For the past 7 years, Risa has helped single people meet by offering personalized matchmaking services in addition to hosting 8MinuteDating speed dating and “Dating for a Cause” events.
Four years ago, Risa was hosting an evening of 8 Minute Dating when one of the bachelors in attendance asked her–
“Are you just running this event, or are you single too?”
Upon learning she was indeed single, he asked her out. They’re getting married this month. It’s Risa’s first time walking down the aisle – at the age of 50.
“I’m proof that it’s never too late to find love – and that gives single people of all ages a reason for hope,” she says.
With spring slowly but surely approaching, it’s the perfect time of year for renewed hope when it comes to love and romance. And I’m thankful to the women above for helping all of us single gals out there rediscover that.