Posts tagged #Dating

Why Change Is Necessary In Relationships

When you care for someone deeply things change.

Philbrook Farms. White Mountains, NH.

You change. They change. You change together.

As two mature individuals, in a relationship, you understand that there has to be a give and a take. You learn this in all relationships: lovers, friends, family, coworkers, teammates, truly the list is endless.

We must understand that in order to make things work; we cannot expect everything we do to be right, correct, the best.

Hike up Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.

As an individual, you are able to do everything your way, but when you consciously decide to include someone else in your world, you must learn to soften, understand, be open. You cannot be closed off, guarded, unwilling to look at life events from different perspectives. Snap judgments hinder your ultimate understanding. It is imperative to take a step back, breathe and let things marinate in order to be perfectly communicated.

Growth, development, evolution are how we have survived all these years as a human race. We did not just stick to what we knew, what we saw, what we believed. We admittedly looked for new ways to go about things, and this is exactly how we must behave when faced with other people.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

The way you function, may not be the way someone you love functions. The way you go about your day, may be different than the way your closest friends go about their day. The way you love may be different than they way the person you love loves. This does not mean that one of you is more correct; it just means you are different. You must understand the meaning of specific actions based off of people’s personalities, and an open medium of communication.

However, this does not excuse bad behavior. Rather, it should be the beginning place of where you build your foundation, so that years down the road, you are able to simply look at the person and know what they are thinking.

Mt. Washington, New Hampshire

As we mature, search for our partner, and evolve in general it is important to remember that we will not be the same person we were a day ago, a year ago, two years ago, or 10 years ago.  Frustrations, arguments and disagreements are usually caused through misunderstandings and poor communication. If we can effectively, truly say what we mean in a clear and articulate way, we will not only save our relationships, but ourselves in return.

We live. We experience. We learn. We build relationships. We loose some. We keep others for a lifetime. We change

The boys in front of Mr. Philbrook's true Americana hunting cabin.

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Would You Date You?

It is a valid question.


If you went on a blind date, and sat down across from yourself, would you be interested?


Don’t just jump to a yes or no answer. Think about it for a minute. Be realistic.


If you met someone and he said he had your job, would you be more or less interested? What about the way he looks? Is his body something that makes you excited? Are his manners and way of expressing himself drawing you in?


It is hard to be honest with ourselves, but to take a real good look in the mirror, and think about the person you truly are will serve you far more good.


As a culture, we have become so good at saying what we do not want, rather than what we want. We have ideals of the person we are meant to be with, but many times, we do not live up to our own expectations. This is incredibly dangerous and beyond unfair. If there is something you would like in a mate, then you should possess it yourself.


It is that simple. We attract what we are. Positive to positive. Negative to Negative.  Employed to employed. Fit to fit. Open to open.


If you find yourself saying, but I am positive, I have a good job and I am fit, but I keep meeting bum after bum then there is probably something you are putting out there that you may not even be aware of.


I think too many people are too quick to dismiss potential mates. We constantly over scrutinize our potential suitors because they lack something. Money, power, the right job. The list is endless when you want it to be, but why? The chances are it has something to do with your own lack of comfortability within yourself.


Remember no one is perfect!


We carry around insecurities that we tend to project onto other people. The things we don’t like about ourselves are the things we are so good at nitpicking other people for. If there is something that bothers you about the person sitting across from you on that date, ask yourself why?


This simple question could open your eyes to a whole new world.


I think there is something to be said about being picky; however, the problem arises when you become so picky that you discount 99.9% of your dating possibilities.  What you are left with is a very small group of men or women that may not want you.


Yes, we all have a vision of who we are meant to be with, but having such a closed off mind could mean the true man of your dreams is going to pass right by you.


Be honest. Be true. Be open. And understand we all have changes to make. Make the changes you know you need to today. Tomorrow will always be a day away. Start now.


Remember even when the tides feel stagnant and unmoving, it is up to you to just keep swimming. Happy hunting my fellow fish in the sea!

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Posted on July 18, 2014 .
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My 17 Pieces of Dating Advice

No rules. Just some advice.

While I largely discuss gay dating, I believe these suggestions are universal, so no matter who you are interested in consider these 17 ideas listed below.

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of tips on gay dating, and why so many people believe it  doesn’t work. Pieces of advice range from “turn off your grindr before the date,” to becoming comfortable being called “Daddy.” “Don’t chase someone, wait x amount of time to text back, don't be too available.”

In my opinion all this seems ridiculous. I am, by no means, an expert on dating. I have however been on many dates, fallen in love and had my heart broken. I’ve been a conquest, used, and made to feel crazy.

I wish I could say I fell into a pattern, but the truth is I didn’t. There's no pattern. There's no way to know who someone is from pictures they post, the job they have, or the status updates they write. The only way to find out who someone truly is, is to go on a date with them. To interact with them and find out for yourself, firsthand, exactly who they are.

With that said, I can tell you what I have learned from my own personal experiences.

 1.     Get rid of any hook up apps, delete them.

Sure, you may be on there looking for a real connection, but after looking for the hottest guy for the past five hours and having nothing to show, lets be serious why you're on there. There's something beyond impersonal about these apps, and you aren’t going to give that guy, who just isn’t that cute in his picture a chance.

The sad thing is he could’ve been a babe in person, and you just couldn’t tell by his 2d image. In real life he could’ve given you a look that made your heartbeat a little faster, and created a sense of curiosity that brings you in.

All those tiny pictures are lazy dudes, who in the end may be looking for a date, but “could be down for some fun.”

2.    Going one step further, don't use any of your social media as dating tools.

I was super guilty of this. I literally met my exboyfriend of two and half years because he poked me on facebook. I dated someone who lived in Australia through instagram. I have been on more than I would care to share Tinder dates. All these things that are supposed to make dating easier, actually make dating harder.

These devices are the easy way out.

These applications allow for guys from all over to skim through the gay rolodex of the world. There is no confidence involved, just a simple click of a few buttons and done. A real guy would come up to you and say, “hello,” not that he just saw you in the park and thought you looked cute through a facebook message.

Yes, that has really happened.

I get the appeal, but trust me, everyone I've ever dated for an extended period of time, except my facebook poking exboyfriend, has been someone I’ve gone up to in real life, introduced myself to, and chatted up.  This brings me to my next “suggestion.”

3.    Go up to that guy who's cute, and say “hi.”

You have nothing to lose. Best case scenario, he's really nice, you end of chatting for hours and you exchange numbers. Worse case scenario, he's a dick and brushes you off, which saves you the trouble and time of wondering what could have been if you'd said hi. You get almost get a sense of relief knowing that he isn’t even an option, and you can check him off your imaginary list.

Furthermore, the more you go up to people, the more comfortable this becomes, and you find yourself not over-thinking things so much.

4.    Stop going for the “Hot Guy.”

He didn’t chase after you, and he's used to getting what he wants, which if you allow him, will be you.

He's not just the “Hot Guy” to you, he's that person to a lot of people, and he probably knows it. Unless he's had his heartbroken, and made real changes after, he doesn’t know what it feels like to be on the rejection side. Rejection is humbling and everyone at some point will feel it.

You'll make up excuses for him, but deep down you know he isn’t right for you. You may say you just want to hook up with him, but you won’t be able to tear yourself away, then he’ll simply disappear and you will be left feeling crazy.

Save yourself the insanity, and if you do end up with said “Hot Guy,” do not under any circumstances get naked with him for at least a month because if he disappears, you won’t feel used and stupid.

5.    If you want something in a partner, you should possess it yourself.

This goes for everything.

You want him to be sweet and handsome than you best believe you better be gorgeous and kind. You want him to live alone and make a ton of money. You better have a fat apartment and loads of coin. I don’t think this is just a problem in the gay community, but dating in general.

We expect someone out of our league to be perfect for us, but if you aren’t someone’s equal than chances are sooner or later, there will be a strain in the relationship.

Finding someone on the same page allows you to grow together, understand what the other one is going through, and an overall ease is created.

6.    Have high expectations for yourself, but be realistic.

We all want that movie star that is a doctor and worships the ground we walk on. But let's be serious with ourselves, this guy is a rare rare rare being, and chances are he probably isn’t right for you anyways, so get over the fact that you're not meeting him, and start talking to the people around you.

I’ve found that someone’s personality can take them from a 7 to a 9. I say 9 because no one, and I mean NO ONE is perfect.

7.    If you're looking for someone serious, open up to him in a real genuine way.

Someone who's actually looking to date you, and not just sleep with you, will appreciate this more than you know.

It opens up dialogue for the other person to share, which can be scary for someone to initiate. It helps weed out the guys, who just want to sleep around real quick because they see you’re seriousness, which isn’t a bad thing. It means you’ve grown up, made a mature decision that you want to share your life with someone, and are looking for love.

Open communication is vital in any relationship.

8.    Own your feelings, don’t suppress them.

If you're worried about scaring this one off, it's probably because somewhere deep down you know he’s too good to be true, and he's just not right for you. Accept this, take it in, and move on.

You're doing yourself a big favor here.

9.    Don’t look for someone to save you. Save yourself.

When you're in control of your life it's extremely attractive, especially to someone else who's in control of his or hers. This idea of taking responsibility for yourself is one I’ve found many gay men don't want to do. They want to be taken care of, which is fine, but you have to remember to have your own life, and be able to take care of yourself because regardless of who you are there will come a day when you may be on your own.

This may also trick you into staying with someone, who clearly isn’t right for you. You paint this picture of someone as amazing because they are “supporting” you, but are actually creating your life how they see fit.

You must be the painter of your own masterpiece, or else it's just some knock off of someone else’s original.

10. Remember lust dies.

Yes, there is nothing more fun than being in that first stage when you just want to rip each other’s clothes off, but eventually that dies.

It's not sad, it's just a fact.

Make sure that you do not confuse this lust with love. It is a tricky thing to do in the beginning, but implementing the next rule makes all the difference.

11. Wait to have sex.

This one is hard, really hard. This is advice that many older people give, and to be honest, I’ve found it to be completely true.

If you can check your dick at the door, you're able to see who someone is beyond your primal instinct to get naked and rowdy. You can tell that you may really like someone, and not just their muscles and eyes. You have to talk more, which literally says a lot more than fucking the night away.

12. If he wants to see you, he will.

There are only so many excuses one guy can make.

If he wants to see you, he will make it work, and if he can’t, he will make definite plans for the future that include a date and time.

I used to fly to my exboyfriend 18 hours, LA to Norway, and he did the same. We loved each other, and when there's a will, there's a way.

If he has a bag of excuses, it probably means he has a bag of guys, and just isn’t that into you.

13. Be cautious of long distance dating.

I've done long distance twice, and it's harder than you can ever imagine. You have someone you love, but not having them physically around leaves a hole.

You're both left with many unknowns.

There's an extra expense of money due to travel. One or both of you are going to get frustrated at some point for not knowing what the other one is doing regardless of how faithful he may be.

Ultimately, you aren’t living in real life.

You have honeymoonesque periods when you're together because it's so exciting, and you want to make the best of being together, but this also leads to not addressing real issues.

You sweep things under the rug just to maintain this good time that you are supposed to have because you're finally in the same place. If there's no definitive end date to the distance, something to keep your eye on, than I would say this isn't a good idea.

15. If he's in the closet, he isn’t ready for a real relationship.

This may sound harsh, but he still has so much figuring out to do, and this isn't your job. You may find this hot, or be some twisted turn on, but if you're seriously looking for a relationship the dude in the closet isn't your dude.

16. Stop nitpicking.

If he's kind, treats you right, has a place to live, has a proper job, and you like him then just go with it.

Don't set yourself up for disaster because he isn’t hot enough, tall enough, lives in a certain zip code, or whatever else. If he thinks you are the cat’s meow, let him because all that nitpicking will only make you the mess that is forty, single and still partying like it is your heyday.

No one thinks that's cute except the other messes partying with you.

17. There's no next best thing.

We all constantly question that there may be someone “better” out there for us, but the truth is, this will just lead you to end after end because the person you thought was going to be the next best thing, probably isn't.

He may be hotter, but he probably charmed his way into your brain, or pants, when you actually had something really amazing right there in front of you.


If you're lucky enough to find someone, who's on the same page as you, this is amazing and should be made sacred.

Ultimately, you have to figure out your own way through this rough world of dating. I can sit here and list millions of suggestions, rules and “dos and do nots,” but for everything I suggest there are plenty of stories that challenge my ideas. That is why dating is so hard. There's no formula, set guidelines, or equation to implement.

You just have to continue to put yourself out there, be open and aware and remember to keep your morals and principals.

It’s a big blue ocean full of all different types of fish out there. You have sharks and piranhas, clown fish and angelfish, sea snakes and bottom feeders. Fish that look beautiful, but have an attention span of three seconds, and dolphins that will captivate you with their beauty and brains. It’s a vast, limitless pool of blue; so in the end, all you can do, is just keep swimming.

Just. Keep. Swimming.

Yes, I am quoting Dori from Finding Nemo. She was wise beyond her years, and the bitch spoke fluent whale, so she was smarter than she appeared.

Good luck! Keep your head held up high, and remember some of these pieces of advice I share.

You never know, by simply applying just one of these rules to your life, you may meet the man of your dreams.

Posted on July 10, 2014 .
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