Knowing When to Move On

knowing when to move on

Knowing When To Move On Is Hard

Okay, so in a previous post I talked about the fallacy of chemistry and why it shouldn’t be used as the sole criteria when deciding on a second date.

Now I’m going to address a really important issue that I think women in general and Black women in particular need to understand, and that’s knowing when to move on from a relationship that isn’t going anywhere. This is something that is SUPER important to understand. Knowing when to move on could mean the difference between being married at 28 or single and broken hearted at 35.

The reason I felt the need to address this issue is because on Essence 30 Dates in 30 Days the first three women who went on dates had all recently ended longterm relationships and two of the women had been in relationships that had lasted for five years. Five years.


Newsflash…and I’m going to put this as clearly and succinctly as possible…if you’ve been dating a man of a year and half and he hasn’t proposed–he ain’t gonna. More importantly, HE DOESN”T WANT TO MARRY YOU.

Did you get that?

If not I’ll say it again: HE DOESN”T WANT TO MARRY YOU.

Now it doesn’t matter what reason he has for NOT proposing. It all adds up to he doesn’t want you. Period. It’s that damn simple.

Spending five years (hell two years) of your life, when you are at a marriageable age, wanting to be married, with a man who has not proposed and most likely hasn’t even MENTIONED marriage is STUPID and counter-productive.

You aren’t getting any younger. Your eggs aren’t getting any younger. If you want to be married and to have kids, then start dating men who want the same thing you want. There are men out there who want to be married and are ready to do so. But you can’t make a man who doesn’t want to get married marry you. You just can’t. So stop trying.

SO, what do you do if you find yourself in a longterm relationship with a man who’s made it clear that he doesn’t want to get married or is always hollering, “Not now, later.”

You leave him.

You tell him why and you bounce. And if he doesn’t come back with an engagement ring, you cut your ties and you find you someone who wants to marry you.


The Fallacy of Chemistry

the fallacy of chemistry

Don’t Rely Solely On Chemistry

So I’ve been watching Essence 30 Dates in 30 Days. I won’t comment on Essence continuing to feed into the, “Black women are so desperate and they can’t think of anyting else but how to get a man,” message that seems to be everywhere these days. But I will say the show offers a good case study on dating and what some (many) Black women are doing wrong (and what we’re doing right) when it comes to trying to find Mr. Right.

The first mistake I see being made by the women who’ve completed their dates is s common problem among all women (men too) thanks to Hollywood movies and Western ideals of love: The reliance on Chemistry

On all of the dates women kept talking about Chemistry. How they had Chemistry with this guy or didn’t have it with that guy. And the women were using, “Chemistry” to determine whether a guy was worthy of a second date.

Bad idea.

Trying to determine whether or not you have chemistry with someone after a first date is just silly. Chemistry is not an instant thing. Sometimes it needs room to grow but if you’re quick to dismiss a guy because you didn’t get the warm and fuzzes after your first date you could be missing out.

AND just because you have Chemistry with someone doesn’t mean they are the best fit for you. You have to be able to look past those initial butterflies and really be able to asses the man and see if what he’s offering is truly what you want and need. You can’t base a decision on who to get involved with simply on “He makes me feel all tingly inside.” To do so is to possibly overlook the guy who is truly your perfect match.

4 Reasons You’re Having a Hard Time Getting a Date

Getting a Date

Getting A Date Isn’t Rocket Science

I’m really beginning to think that many Black woman are clueless on how to get a date. And I don’t really understand why that is because getting a date is not that difficult. I could
I have a date tonight if I wanted one.

If you are a woman who is wanting to date and you aren’t getting one, my guess is you’re doing 1 of 4 things:

  1. Always with other women
  2. Not going out where the men are
  3. Not going on a date because he’s not “The One”
  4. Not making the most of opportunities

1. Always With Other Women

The first mistake is an easy one to make. When you go out, you go out with your girls. But if you’re ALWAYS out with your girls the likelihood of a man approaching you is slim to none. No one wants to get rejected in front of a table full of women. Now, there are two ways you can fix this:

1. When you’re out with your girls separate yourself from them from time to time. If you’re at a club go to the bathroom by yourself (yes it is possible to do that). If you’re going to a restaurant maybe arrive early and hang out at the bar before the rest of the crew arrives. The point is to give a someone the opportunity to talk to you. Otherwise you’re going to be sitting around all night asking, “Where the men at?”

2. Go out alone. Yes, I know, shock of all shocks, I said go out alone. No, you won’t look desperate and yes you might just meet someone. It’s not rocket science. If you want someone to ask you on a date you have to appear available. Being alone can be a good look if getting someone to ask you out is what you’re looking for.

2. Not Going Out Where The Men Are

The second reason is one many, many women fall into. When I was back home the only places I went was school, home and out with my married girlfriends (yes I was breaking rules 1 and 2). And guess what: I rarely had a date.

So if you’re constantly going to the same places and constantly complaining that they’re no men then it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that maybe, just maybe you need to find some other places to go.

Now before you say, “But JJ I don’t know where to go.” I’d say take a hard look at your area and ask yourself where the men are hanging out that you’d be interested in meeting. Once you have the answer to that question then you’ll know where to go.

3. Not Going On A Date because He’s Not “The One”

The third reason why many Black women are sitting alone on a Saturday night is because you’re turning down men before you even go out with them, simply because they don’t fit your ideal of “The One.”

We’ve all heard the saying ‘You have to kiss many frogs before you find your prince.” Well, I’m saying you may not have to kiss them but you definitely have to date them. Dating is an opportunity to get to know people and yes hopefully, eventually, find that special someone. But if you’re turning down men before you even go out with them, just because they’re not 6’1 or dark skinned, or light skinned, or because they have dreads or don’t have dreads, then how are you ever going to meet the man of your dreams.

From my experience people say they want one thing but their actions say they want another. Many of the reasons you’d initially turn a guy down are superficial. Try saying yes where you’d usually say no and you might be surprised. Dating offers you the chance to really get to know what you want and don’t want in a man and the more you date the better your chances of finding someone you want to be with.

4. Not Making The Most Of Opportunities

The last one, not making the most of your opportunities, is easy to do as well. Are you making the most of your opportunities? Really? You need to ask yourself this question and be honest about the answer. Do you flirt with the cute guy in the post office? The single guy you saw in the grocery store, did you say hi? If you’re a bus rider like me, did you strike up a conversation with the cutie who sat down next to you? You have to make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you. You’re probably meeting available men all of the time. But you’re not taking the time to notice because you’re so caught up in what you’re doing. Start paying attention to your surroundings and you may be surprised at what you find.