Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Modern Fairytale (The Cinderella Model)

In my work I’m often astounded by what I see & hear goes on in the dating world. Clients recounting their stories to me can induce a range of emotions – bewilderment, empathy, second hand grief, amusement or embarrassment. What I always try to do is get two sides of the story (because except for the most blatant cases of abuse or wrong doing) there are always two sides - if not four or five...

I decided early on in the conception stages of my business that I was only going to accept clients that can truly contribute to a relationship as they are in a good and healthy relationship with themselves. Or if they were not – I would help them get there before I introduce them to a potential partner. It is only fair to the other party – and (this takes some convincing) to themselves. I tell my clients to look in the mirror and if they truly like what they see – then that is what is projected out to the world. If they look in the mirror and see someone who is; depressed, out of shape & not doing anything about it, miserable, needy, anxious, bitter, reliant on drugs or alcohol or in denial, then that is what other people will see – eventually even if not straight away.

Often the scariest part of embarking on a new relationship is being truly honest with ourselves. We can’t lie to ourselves for long. We try but it doesn’t cut it in the actual reality of our lives. Living real takes courage and commitment. And the rewards are there in spades if we can truly do it. This is not something we do once, but every day. If that sounds like hard work – it depends on how far back you have to go. Running a marathon is impossible for someone who hasn’t run further than the bathroom in the past year. It’s a lot easier for someone who has put in training every day.

It is such an uplifting and amazing feeling when I meet men and women alike who truly like themselves and are in healthy and real relationships with themselves. They set the bar high – and I tell them they have to – for other people (potential partners) because they can. Realistic high markers I call them, and I encourage that. What I don’t condone (and concede I can’t help) are the unrealistic markers who seem to need another person to lift them to a status that is neither possible nor healthy. There are many examples of this. What I’m exploring today are the men who are intent on finding a princess but are not prepared to accept the everyday woman. And the woman who cannot accept the fact that even Cinderella (the most famous princess of all, in my book anyway) was first introduced to the world in rags and working out with a mop & bucket.

Cinderella is a pretty cool chick, if you think about it. First of all – she wasn’t a victim. Several accounts of her have us believe that she sings while she does the housework and, instead of feeling sorry for herself around her horrific sisters, she just gets on with the job. I like to believe that Cinders had the self-belief and knowledge to know that if you truly like who you are, work hard on yourself (can you imagine her abs from all that floor scrubbing? Or her inner strength from all the silent mantras she had to repeat daily?) you can overcome any circumstances and rise up to happiness & an amazing life.

I’m not advocating – waiting on a Prince Charming to save you. Far from it. Cinders saved herself. She didn’t balk at the prospect of going to the ball. She accepted help from those she needed to get herself there (outsource people, outsource) and had the inner confidence to strut it out on the dance floor and wow her prince.

The other big tip here ladies is that she adhered to a curfew. The midnight call is a great one to remember. Her prince was left charmed, intrigued and still in pursuit. What if she’d said “Stuff it! I’m probably never going to see this man again and I’m enjoying this never ending supply of vodka & orange too much. I’m staying” and woken up in her dirty work clothes with a shocking hangover and regret. She possesses a bit of a slutty side – which is great when in a relationship (lucky Prince of Charm) but, like all good things, is desired more if given in increments – rather than all at once. If she’d let the coach turn into a pumpkin and had no ride home her prince wouldn’t exactly be going the length and breadth of the land to find her. She was right there in front of him – along with her vomit bucket. You hear what I’m saying here girls don’t you? Go home! And wait for him to call you. Because he will. If he likes you. And if you like you. And if he doesn’t then he’s not your prince. He’s still out there. You just have to believe it. Keep the bar raised. The right man will not make you lower it.

And guys – when Prince Charming did go out in search of the lovely, enchanting, sexy woman he met the night before, he found her. She didn’t look the same as the night before. She was wearing some god awful house dress. But he could still see the lovely, enchanting, sexy woman underneath, despite her lack of trimmings. He didn’t need all that to know that the essence of her was fantastic and he couldn’t wait to get to know this down to earth chick as well as the mythical creature he’d been dreaming about since she left him. He knows that life (he comes from a very practical kingdom where his parents taught him to look after himself and not take advantage of privilege) is not always a fairy tale. And that Cinders will probably piss him off no end (her singing is actually really bad and she insists on staying in touch with those bitches of sisters) sometimes but he loves that part of her too. She’s real. But, just remember - she still needs to get dressed up for the ball every now and then…..

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

LITTLE DATING DIARY #4 Brio Espresso & Juice, Teneriffe

Set along the strip on café’s at Teneriffe in between The London Club and Claret House, this is a little gem. Sunny in the morning which in a godsend on a windy wintery morning, the crowd is very Teneriffe aka young, relaxed, beautiful & seem to have their own unique time schedule.

I hadn’t had breakfast so I ordered scrambled eggs which were to die for. The juice list was expansive (this is what they are famous for – you can even add alcohol after 10am). I went for the non-alcoholic variety of apple, pineapple & mint. Was amazing. You could almost taste the tree still in the fruit (in a good way) . And my good old favourite English breakfast tea was in a good (non leaky) pot with an excellent strainer that you didn’t have to wrestle with or find a large chunk of tea at the bottom. You would be surprised how many people (insert Don Burke) up tea – believe me and it annoys the hell out of me.

The first girl serving me seemed like she wanted to be anywhere else but (she may have been having a bad day or just broken up with her boyfriend) but the next guy and the staff inside were all great, cheerful and warm. I bought a chocolate crackle for the boys and accidently left it there. Half way up the street, one of the guys runs up and gives it to me with a massive smile and a “you forgot your crackle”. Was a nice gesture and a gentle reminder to always remember my crackle...

This could be a good regular for a resident or worker of Teneriffe. Sorry I can’t report on the coffee but it looked and smelled great if that’s any help? And heading into the summer months – those juices are serious stuff for the healthy de toxers out there.

So for locals a big tick. Cannot comment for the weekend. Can imagine they would get extremely busy. Although I did notice they serve breakfast till 5pm! (see told you Teneriffe has its own time zone).

Monday, July 18, 2011

LITTLE DATING DIARY # 3 - Music Review Christina Perri

Okay I think I can safely say that we are all getting a little bit over Adele? Are people downloading her songs twice, three times? Not sure how it’s possible that she keeps topping the charts.

Anyway – I have an alternative for you. I've been listening to Christina Perri’s Lovestrong album and I highly recommend it. She’s no manufactured artist either. Having taught herself how to play guitar as a 16-year-old by watching a videotape of Shannon Hoon from the group Blind Melon.

She’s obviously got some relationship angst/recover kudos too. She moved to Los Angeles on her 21st birthday (gutsy move) Later that year she got married but then divorced 18 months later. She wrote Jar of Hearts when she moved temporarily back to her home town of Philadelphia.

Now living in LA again, having waitressed & song written her way to some success. The album is quirky & with depth. It’s a great one for an early dater or someone getting over a guy. It’s more upbeat than Adele – and less self pitying. It’s about karma and self will and belief. Guys – you will understand women through this album and women – you will search a bit more of yourself I think.

I believe in the power or music in dating. I survived many a rough ride and got back on my feet through it’s power. My tip – download this onto your ipod and hit the pavement. These lovely winter days are calling us for some exercise. Get lost in the melody and empower yourself with good thoughts and vibes. You never know who you might run into on the path.

Enjoy. xx

Monday, July 4, 2011

LITTLE DATING DIARY REVIEW # 2 Saabi on Manson, Hendra

Okay if you live locally to this place - this is it!!

Coffee excellent, owners & baristas are warm and friendly. You feel as if you've just stepped into someones home - except you don't feel weird or uncomfortable - so more like you best friend's home than a strangers. Be preparted for them to chat amongst themselves though - loudly. Every one of them seems to really love being there. That is such a lovley difference to this place. Not a sulky or bored waiter in sight.

These people will get to know you for sure and would probably be more than happy to chalk up a few set ups!

Food is amazing. I had muesli with fresh, natural yogurt & honey. The aromas coming from the baked goods very tempting in winter I have to say... There are also lots of yummy things on the shelves such as fresh honey to take home.

There is an outside area, as well as cosy interior and plenty of mags and newspapers so you can take your time.

Popular on Saturdays so you may need to wait for a table and go on a sunny, non windy day if you plan to sit outside. Otherwise shelter inside in the warm.

Rating 41/2 stars out of 5

116 Manson Road, Hendra
Brisbane, Australia
07 31133636
Monday - Friday: 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM