Today’s Tip: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

So, my dears, how did Valentine’s Day go?

He loves me:

He planned ahead/scheduled me well in advance of Valentine’s Day.

He made reservations/plans for something or somewhere he knew I would enjoy.

He told me he loves me.

He proposed!

He introduced me to his friends/parents/children.

He bought/made/gave me a romantic gift. Money is not the objective here; it’s romance. As CUAOs, we would prefer a card with a poem he wrote inside and signed “Love, …” over something practical that he spends beaucoup bucks on. So: card with poem/song he wrote over iPad, flowers over laptop, jewelry over expensive kitchen appliance, weekend trip over new car… you get the picture. Gifts are a great way to gauge how he feels about you. If he loves you, he doesn’t buy you something he would buy his grandmother. She gets the silk scarf and/or bouquet of daisies; you get the heart necklace and/or a dozen red roses. She gets the #1 Nana necklace; you get the sparkly diamond engagement ring. So be honest with yourself: Was it a romantic gift? If not, it’s a good time to take a good look at this relationship…

 

He loves me not (Probably—there’s a SLIM possibility he’s very spoiled or that a terrible precedent was set at the beginning of the relationship):

He waited until the last minute and asked the same day or night before.

He took me to the least romantic pub in existence where he watched xyz sports game/whatever was on the TV more than he spoke to me.

He bought me a coffee pot and zero flowers or candy.

He somehow made it sound like it would be SO romantic if I cooked dinner for us… But really, it just meant that I got stuck grocery shopping, paying for the food, lugging it home, cooking and cleaning, setting the mood, and all that joker did was bring the wine!

He makes me second-guess myself all the time. Is this a relationship or not? Is he just killing time? Just wanted a date so he doesn’t feel like a loser on the romance holiday?

He completely skipped Valentine’s Day but he called me for a date the next weekend…

He took me out on Saturday night (or ON Valentine’s Day) but didn’t actually acknowledge the holiday. (Even though I wore red and heart-shaped earrings.)

We’ve been “together” for 6 months. He got me a card and flowers, but he didn’t sign the card “Love, …” and, come to think of it, he never says it.

He invited me me over. He made dinner (a BIG batch of lasagna he intends separate into portions to eat every day for lunch this week). While we ate, we watched a movie he had pirated. But it feels like it was just really a ploy to get me into bed because immediately after dinner, we had sex, then he went directly to sleep.

 

So are you still plucking the flower or do you have a clear picture? Are you feeling blue because something on the list above happened to you? Don’t worry—you’re not alone in this. The above scenarios are ALL true stories that have happened either to me or one of my besties. We are in this together, ladies. Let’s change it!

Maybe there are some gray areas or you’re in the “bad precedent group” and you need to chat about and/or fix it– that’s fine too. Maybe you know the Rules but your mom/girlfriend/sister thinks you’re being too picky or crazy or overanalyzing and you need a fellow CUAO to look at it with fresh eyes. I’m here for you. Shoot me an email at datingadvicebyalicia@gmail.com or head to my Consultations page and fill in the boxes. We can sort this out together. Why not, right? Do you have more time to waste if he’s not in love with you yet?

All the love!

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Today’s Tip: How to Make a New Rulesy Start

Hello, loves! On this eve of all eves I want to wish you a very happy beginning to a brand new year! I hope you all have some fantastic plans to ring in the New Year. Perhaps you’re seeing a man you’re Rulesing? Maybe a singles’ mixer? Hosting a party? Or a night out with the girls? Whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

A fresh start! Don’t you just adore those? As I was searching through a stack of books yesterday, I found the Rules Journal that Ellen and Sherrie gave to me during the certification process. I don’t write in it because I prefer to do my journaling a bit differently from the way the book is set up, but the journal is genius. It’s set up so that every week you focus on one Rule (or piece of a Rule) at a time. With the beginning of the New Year, I thought this idea could come in handy for anyone that’s brand new to being a CUAO and CUAOs that are struggling to remember or stick to The Rules. Learning The Rules is a process that doesn’t happen overnight. So taking it one week at a time, practicing, and focusing on one Rule at a time, will help build your success, confidence, and trust in The Rules. If you don’t buy the Journal, you can still do this yourself. Have a little heart-to-heart with yourself and make a list of The Rules you find most difficult. Chat with yourself about why they’re difficult for you, and choose one Rule per week to work on. You will make progress in doing The Rules and learn a lot about yourself in the process: win-win!!

Happy New Year’s Eve!

Today’s Tip- Wednesday for Saturday

Well, it’s Thursday! Do you have a date on Saturday? Did he ask in time? You are far too amazing to sit around waiting! So, if he didn’t ask by yesterday, it looks like you’re free! What plans are you going to make? Here are some ideas:

Dinner/drinks with the girls

Rollerskating/bowling/shooting range

That movie you’ve been wanting to see

Hunkering down for hurricane Joaquin with Netflix (Do you have emergency supplies, just in case?)

One of those painting classes that are all the rage right now

Switch out that summer wardrobe for the winter one or vice versa

Brunch

Hiking in the woods to enjoy the fresh air

Visit the family

Join a Meetup- they have a lot of singles’ mixers

See if there’s something on your bucket list you can check off or plan for

Reread The Rules

What woman is interested in sitting around waiting for a last-minute invitation to do something on Saturday night? We have far too much to keep us busy. Friends to see, other men to date, hobbies, classes! Okay, maybe we don’t *always* have something to do… But that doesn’t mean we are interested in being an afterthought, a last-minute-last-choice, “what-are-you-doing-tonight?” date. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a man that asks me out with plenty of notice (by Wednesday) for Saturday. You can tell a lot about how he feels about you based on when he asks you out for Saturday night. If he thinks about you during the week, can’t wait to see you, and is worried you might be whisked away by another man, he will pin you down so you’re definitely his date on Saturday night! He will research the restaurant so you’re sure to like it. He will book tickets to something he knows you want to see… Something to make sure he impresses you and makes you happy. Some men even ask for next week at the end of every date so he’s SURE he gets to see you. If he’s not doing these things, but calling you on Saturday afternoon to “hang out tonight,” how smitten could he be? Worse, how do you know his first-choice date didn’t just cancel on him and now he’s settling for your company? You, my loves, are much more than a consolation prize!

Now, if this is a new relationship or you realize you’re in a bad habit of accepting last-minute dates… It’s possible he really does like you but he’s been spoiled in the past by your or women who do say yes to last-minute invitations. When he calls past Wednesday, just muster up a sweet voice and say “Oh I wish I could but I already have plans…” (Don’t tell him what they are, and don’t counter with another day that you are free.) If he’s really interested, he will eventually figure out to ask you out sooner. If he doesn’t, better you know his level of interest now. Win-win!

Today’s Tip- Online Dating Profile

Is your online dating profile living up to its potential? Do the emails feel like they’ve started decreasing in number and your profile doesn’t seem to be getting the traffic it used to? If you think you already have the right CUAO blend of mystery and intrigue in your profile, try making a simple change. Sometimes, just changing a small sentence or swapping out one picture for a similar one is enough to bump your profile up to the top of the search results again. Give it a try!

If you feel like you’d like some guidance in revamping your dating profile, visit my Consultations page and we can take a look together. Finding the balance between being generic and spilling your guts can be a challenge; let’s work together to make your Rulesy profile and find your Mr. Right!

Hello!

Welcome to Advice by Alicia! I am thrilled to be here to answer your dating scene questions and spread this wealth of knowledge known as The Rules (TM).

Having been a Rules Girl, or CUAO (Creature Unlike Any Other), for sometime, I decided I should make it official and become a Certified Rules Dating Coach. Many of my friends and I live and breathe The Rules(TM). We practice dialogue with each other, take turns being strong and steadfast in The Rules when the other is weak, and share in our Rules successes! In fact, my best friend is engaged and planning her wedding to a wonderful man thanks to The Rules! (My prediction: I will be wearing red and carrying roses. Can’t wait!)

What are The Rules? Visit my About the Rules page to find out more!