Socially Single

Socially Single: How to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a singleton

Socially Single: How to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a singleton

As I’m sure you are aware, the great holiday of LOVE is this week. The sparkly red and pink displays at every store are impossible to ignore. Valentine’s Day creates tension, emotion and anxiety for so many people. If you are in a relationship, there is pressure to make it a special day. If you are newly dating, you wonder what is the appropriate way to celebrate given the “new&#... »

Socially Single: Trusting after getting burned

Socially Single: Trusting after getting burned

This week, I answer a question from the audience. If you have a dating or relationship question you’d like me to weigh in on, send me an email at hello@kelseyfoster.com. “Hey Kelsey – Here is a question for you: What is the appropriate level of trust to afford people when starting to date again after being burned in the past. How do I go about learning to trust again?” I li... »

Socially Single: Grief and a legacy of love

Socially Single: Grief and a legacy of love

I hope you aren’t familiar with that moment when the news of an unexpected death hits you. When you feel like the floor has been yanked out from under your feet and an unknown force just sucker-punched you in the gut. And you start hoping like a madwoman that what you have been told is just a terrible mistake or a twisted joke. Inevitably in life, we all face this moment. What happens next v... »

Socially Single: Gift-giving quandary

Socially Single: Gift-giving quandary

“Help! I’m done with my Christmas shopping except for one person. I have been out with a new woman who I like a lot but we’ve just gone out a few times. What is the best way to handle gift giving when you’ve just started dating someone but aren’t yet in a relationship with them?” Oh wow, that is such a common question this time of year. There isn’t a one-size-fi... »

Socially Single: Holiday survival guide for singles

Socially Single: Holiday survival guide for singles

This week marks the official start to the holiday season, although it appears that we fast-forwarded to Christmas at the stroke of midnight on Halloween. The season is full of cheer, merriment, family meals, and fun parties. And it can also be a giant drag when you are single and it feels like every invite comes with a +1. Here’s my advice to not only survive this next month but actually enj... »

Socially Single: Should I lie about my age?

Socially Single: Should I lie about my age?

This week I answer a question from the audience. If you have a dating or relationship question you’d like me to weigh in on, send me an email at hello@kelseyfoster.com. “I am a 52-year-old single woman who doesn’t look her age. Most people guess me to be somewhere in my early 40′s. I’m active, fit, and very energetic! I put up a profile on a popular online dating site... »

Socially Single: Some people are jerks

Socially Single: Some people are jerks

I like to teach that even though dating can be disappointing at times, by and large, most people out in the world are good. They might not be terribly self-aware or they might have difficulty communicating in a clear manner (which causes the majority of dating and relationship issues), but at their core, they are good people. Just maybe not the right person for YOU. However, this week I’ve b... »

Socially Single: Frightened by football

Socially Single: Frightened by football

This week, I answer a question from the audience. If you have a dating or relationship question you’d like me to weigh in on, send me an email at hello@kelseyfoster.com. “Help! It’s football season and the guy I’m dating LOVES all things Seahawks and Huskies. We went to a sports bar to watch a game recently and I felt so out of my element! All of the yelling and cheering wa... »

Socially Single: After a break-up, chill out

Socially Single: After a break-up, chill out

Soo…you just got dumped. Kicked to the curb. Got your heart smashed to bits. After a break-up has sent your emotionally reeling, it’s very normal to want to rush right out and couple up with someone new. You may want to squelch those feelings of loneliness before they take hold so you immediately seek out someone new. Or, feeling rejected, you use a new relationship as a means to prove... »

Socially Single: “Fall” in love with dating

Socially Single: “Fall” in love with dating

What a glorious end to summer we are having! As we transition to a new season, I thought it a good time to share some seasonal dating ideas. The Edmonds Summer Market is still running each Saturday until Oct.5. The market takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is located at 5th and Main and stretches up around Centennial Plaza. Take your date for a stroll around the various merchant booths. This is... »

Socially Single: Disappearing act

Socially Single: Disappearing act

This week I answer a question from the audience. If you have a dating or relationship question you’d like me to weigh in on, send me an email at hello@kelseyfoster.com. “Hi Kelsey, I need some advice. I started dating a man about six months ago and I just don’t know where I stand with him. When we are out, he talks a lot about the future. Places he’d like to take me, events... »

Socially Single: Ending things gracefully

Socially Single: Ending things gracefully

In a prior column, I discussed how to handle being rejected. Today I’m going to cover how to reject someone gracefully. It is bound to happen that at some point you will meet someone who you aren’t interested in…yet the feeling is not mutual. He may still have hope in his eyes and send you romantically charged messages. You cringe inside knowing you should do the right thing and ... »

Socially Single: Handling rejection

Socially Single: Handling rejection

I‘m the bearer of bad news today. An inescapable part of dating is getting rejected. Unless you are the luckiest person in the Puget Sound Area (in which case, I hope you play the lottery), there will come a time when you like someone who doesn’t like you back. Rejection has a variety of flavors. Getting turned down for a date. Unreturned phone calls, emails, or texts. Being put into t... »

Socially Single: List making

Socially Single: List making

Note: my book “Improve Your Love-itude” is on a special promotion on Amazon.com. You can download it for free through Friday, June 21st. A popular exercise many single people take part in is to make a list of alllllll the things they desire in a partner. From the big things like character traits (kindness, honesty) to physical details (tall, athletic) and small preferences (good driver... »

Socially Single: Is the dating scene in the Northwest ‘dysfunctional’?

Socially Single: Is the dating scene in the Northwest ‘dysfunctional’?

Did you see the firestorm of debate caused by Danielle Campoamor’s guest column in The Seattle Times the other day? She claims that the men in Seattle are “dysfunctional” when it comes to dating. Whoa, them’s fightin’ words, Danielle! I think both genders have accountability when it comes to the state of modern dating, in our city and beyond. A lot of it boils down to... »

Socially Single: Sunny day dates

Socially Single: Sunny day dates

By Kelsey Foster Sunny days in our neck of the woods are the rare jewels that make living here so worthwhile! Luckily for us, there are several ways to enjoy the sun and be social at the same time. The Beaches It is so easy to pack up a picnic lunch or dinner and head down to one of our great beaches! Swing by PCC or The Cheesemonger’s Table, grab some grub to go, and enjoy your fare on the ... »

Socially Single: Keeping it real

Socially Single: Keeping it real

By Kelsey Foster I just got back from a weekend in Las Vegas. That city has done a great job of promoting itself as a wildly fun destination with the catch phrase “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Going on vacation to indulge in a little fun and escape the realities of normal life, is well, what vacation is all about. The thing is, we live in such a hyper-connected world now tha... »

Socially Single: Improve Your Love-itude Challenge

Socially Single: Improve Your Love-itude Challenge

By Kelsey Foster Something I’ve discovered in working as a relationship coach and writer is how many of us unwittingly sabotage ourselves in love by holding on to negative beliefs. I’ll give you some examples. A woman dates a man who turns out to be a cheating scoundrel. Rather than view that as an experience with an individual, now, any time her trust is tested with a man she thinks &... »

Socially Single: Martha Stewart is on Match.com

Socially Single: Martha Stewart is on Match.com

By Kelsey Foster Have you heard? Martha Stewart has taken the leap into the world of online dating. Encouraged by Matt Lauer during a “Today Show” interview, she agreed to give it a whirl. With the help of Match.com’s CEO, Stewart crafted a profile that has garnered over 20,000 views. That makes her one of the most popular users in the history of the site! This week she was back ... »

Socially Single: Garage sale season

Socially Single: Garage sale season

By Kelsey Foster It’s officially THAT season. I’m not talking about spring or baseball season. I’m talking about garage sale season! In my estimate, garage sale season begins around the time we have a string of two partially-sunny days in a row and lasts until sometime in September. In fact, I’m working with some friends on putting together a garage sale in the coming weeks... »

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