Sarah McCluskey

Sarah McCluskey
Sarah is originally from Vermont, but her adventurous nature has led her to live in Virgina, Colorado and Massachusetts. An animal lover all her life, Sarah has been vegan for more than 10 years, and what began as a way to express her love and respect for animals has blossomed into an appreciation for healthy eating, social justice and environmental responsibility. Sarah has two adopted rescue dogs, Nola and Ted, who keep her active but who make doing Pilates at home a real challenge! She adores traveling, painting, gardening, reading science fiction novels and of course, writing. Sarah recently entered the blogging world in an attempt to share the hardships of dating — specifically online dating. There are tons of success stories from the hundreds of online dating sites — but this blog isn’t one of them. Sarah writes from the perspective of someone who is willing to give the online dating thing a try, but who is continually bombarded with messages from individuals who are in no way a match. Sarah isn’t giving up on finding her soulmate, but in the meantime, she’s decided have some fun sharing her mishaps with the Internet’s many Mr. Wrongs! Follow all of Sarah’s online dating adventures at YourPrettyLOL.

Misadventures in Online Dating: Getting Started

Sarah McCluskey by Sarah McCluskey | February 6th, 2012 | 16 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships

Online DatingAt the age of 28, I decided that dating had thoroughly kicked my butt. It seemed as if 99 percent of my friends were engaged or married or having babies; meanwhile, I continued pursuing a breed of man who was never quite able to leave behind his college glory days and blatantly refused to face adulthood. It’s an irresistible combination, I know.

In my early twenties, I had the supernatural ability to hone in on this type of man in the midst of a crowd and can only blame myself for my early dating mishaps. But at some point in my mid-20s, I made a dramatic internal proclamation that I would never seek out this type of man again. But from then on they just came to me. I became the pied piper who attracts the emotionally stunted and unavailable.

The only thing worse than my actual dating history was when I made my friends listen to my tales of woe. This is why, when my friends could take no more, I was finally convinced to give the online dating scene a shot. I had recently undergone an especially rough breakup, to which my sanity, sobriety and eating habits were not responding well, so I figured I had nothing to lose.