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Matchmakers Emerge as an Antidote to the Agony of Online Dating


by Michelle Hackman

After four years of misleading photos, cheating boyfriends and messages that didn’t quite sound authentic, Natasha Topinka decided she was through with online dating. So the 41-year-old pharmaceutical saleswoman, who lives in Oklahoma City, decided to try an old-fashioned approach. Not friends of friends. Not a blind date. She signed up for a bona fide matchmaking service.

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Everything You Need to Know About Dating Over 50, According to Therapists


Brielle Gregory

“…If those methods don’t work, you can also try a matchmaking service like It’s Just Lunch, says Laino. Although they can get expensive, these services offer a more personalized experience, so you’re more likely to get a strong match right out of the gate. “You’re not just fishing online; you’re actually having someone narrow down a potential mate or two for you,” says Laino.”

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Say Goodbye to Bad Dating Habits!


TMJ4 "Ask The Expert"

As we get ready to say goodbye to summer, it may be time to finally start saying “so long” to your bad dating habits! Matchmaker Julie Amann from It’s Just Lunch says now’s the time to STOP focusing on your deal breakers... and START focusing on your deal makers.

What are the most common deal breakers for men and women?
According to a recent survey, the number one deal breaker for men is a date who is disheveled or sloppy. For women, the number one deal breaker is a date who is lazy. And both men AND women agree that a date who is too needy is just too much work.

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“The #1 deal breaker for our clients at It’s Just Lunch is negativity,” says matchmaker Julie Amann. “Women pick up on a date’s negativity very fast -- in the first 10 minutes. Meanwhile, men are drawn to women with a positive outlook.” She added, “Smoking is still a big deal breaker. Politics and religion are also deal breakers.”

Why should singles stop focusing on their deal breakers?

“We always advise our clients at It's Just Lunch to look at the positives instead of negatives. No one is perfect”, says Amann.

Start looking for and appreciating a potential partner’s positive character traits. Focus on your “must-haves” instead of your deal breakers. Don’t focus so much on one bad trait that you lose sight of five good ones.

Another key piece: don't fall into the “I can fix him (or her)” trap. As a professional matchmaker, Amann found that most people, especially those who are older than 30, are set in their ways. She suggests “Focusing on finding someone who is more aligned with your lifestyle”.

So how do we drop these dating bad habits and make a fresh start in the new year?

Throw Away Your List
We all want certain things in a partner, but Amann would advise her clients not to stick so closely to it that they miss out on someone who might have potential.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
If you’re doing the same thing every day -- same coffee shops, same restaurants, same bars, same gym -- you’re not going to organically meet the person of your dreams if you haven’t already. Shake things up. Try out new places, activities -- open yourself to new opportunities.

Be an “Invested” Dater
If you’ve been in the dating pool longer than you like, it’s easy to get discouraged. But do your best to be enthusiastic about each new opportunity. Amann tells us her clients aren’t just testing the waters; they’re ready to date. “Whether they’re in their 20's -- or their 70's -- their commitment to the process is the same. Be proactive and want to find the right person for you!”

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On the road for work and finding love



In 2010, Heleen Devos, a native of Belgium who works in corporate social responsibility and communications for a French energy company, was heading to Cuba for a United Nations climate change conference.

“I had seen him and found him handsome,” Ms. Devos said dreamily of a Chilean in her row. Yet she was unsure of his relationship with the older woman next to him.

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Easy and Fun Ways to Meet Guys This Fall (Even Though 'Cuffing Season' Isn't a Thing)


Now is the perfect time to meet men.

By Taylor Davies

Earlier this summer, the New York Times published a story about a Harvard Business School study which suggested people who spend money to save time (rather than spending time to save money) are generally happier. Those who outsource tasks they dislike, like cleaning, accounting, or ordering in dinner rather than cooking, reported “greater overall life satisfaction.”

So if dating and dating apps make you feel stressed, frustrated and exhausted—why not try outsourcing the work to an expert? ….It’s Just Lunch will do all the legwork for you, setting you up with dates that are carefully selected for potential compatibility.

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