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This podcast is for every single, divorced, and widowed woman in her late 30s and beyond who is in the dating scene or considering a comeback. Hear women like you talk all about their first dates and how they’re navigating the changed dating world. Become a wiser, in-the-know dater, as women share their experiences and the lessons they've learned with host Jodi Klein and you. Visit firstdatestories.com to check out tips on self-care and dating in midlife.
 
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Do you wonder whether you’ll ever meet a man who is the right partner for the woman you’ve become? Janine did. She'd left her quarter-of-a-century marriage. When the pandemic began eight years later, she had a successful career and the wisdom that comes from decades of self-development. On our Season 4 finale, Janine shares how she approached datin…
 
How do you handle things when a date you’re excited to go on leads to the ultimate dating disappointment? Sandy knows the answer. She and the Liverpool Dude had matched on Bumble. They talked for hours on the phone and texted multiple times. There was a palpable connection. She said “yes” to a first date. Listen to discover what happened next. Read…
 
It’s not unusual to date the same kind of person again and again, but Carolyn didn’t want to do that. Following a breakup, she decided to date a wide variety of types of men so that she could identify the qualities she wanted in a long-term partner. She named her adventure the “Fifty First Dates Project.” Find out what happened, what she learned du…
 
Do you want to silence your inner critics? Would you like to date in a way that helps you hone in on the right loving partner for you and filter out the wrong ones? In this Special Episode, Love and Relationship Expert Macy Matarazzo discusses her Five Star System and her No Rules Dating Approach. She’s created these dating techniques to help peopl…
 
In this Special Episode, Relationship and Marriage Expert Marcia Naomi Berger talks all about dating with marriage in mind. You will hear her advice on dealing with wounds from previous relationships, learn about repetition compulsion (and how to avoid it), and discover marriage minded dating techniques for you to use. You can find out more about M…
 
The saying “timing is everything” definitely applies to dating. Comedian Erin Foley’s three year relationship had just ended when she and Sara went out on their first date. The evening went hilariously sideways. Hear what happened next and whether time was on their side. Enjoy more of Erin Foley's comedy and find out where she'll be performing next…
 
Olivia returns to the podcast to talk about a dating app match that was made in the US and led to a first date in Europe. Olivia and Robert texted regularly for three weeks before they met. She was sensing strong chemistry and a connection with him as their conversation progressed. Was Olivia right? Discover what happened when they had their debut …
 
Is your approach to dating working as you’d like it to? Ready to try something new? In this special episode, Jodi and her guest, Mindful Dating Coach Dr. Marie Thouin, explore what it means to date mindfully. Don’t miss this conversation about how to effectively overcome rejection and incorporate enchantment, self-care, self-love and fun into your …
 
“Why am I not married yet?” is a question Leelah asked herself. She’d expected to be married long before she reached her late 40s. Leelah knew what she wanted and needed from a healthy loving relationship, but hadn’t found it with any of her ex-boyfriends. One night, not long after a breakup, she showed up at a potluck dinner with a rotisserie chic…
 
Do you have a long-standing rule that you’ll never break? Siobhan’s was to only go on first dates in public places. When Carl asked her to his house for dinner for their debut date, the invite came after they’d talked almost nightly for over a month. She’d done her online sleuthing. She felt she knew a lot about him. She said “yes!” On our Season 4…
 
Have you been catfished, stashed, cushioned, breadcrumbed, or ghosted? Dating has always been a little tricky and it’s safe to say that dating now a days is a minefield thanks to social media and technology. In this podcast, we have a soulful conversation about dating. Resource: Ghosted and Breadcrumbed: Stop Falling for Unavailable Men and Get Sma…
 
Mother’s Day can be difficult for many people. Social media posts and commercials have a way of adding extra grief during this time for those without mothers. This conversation is far from that!!! In this podcast, your SoulCare Coach Sheila Battle chats with her sister friends sharing lessons from their experience of grief and loss and how they wer…
 
It’s said that you need to know yourself before you can know who the right partner is for you. Isabel returns to the podcast to talk about how the unexpected happened when she embraced her vulnerabilities and focused on her own personal growth. Read the transcript for this episode here. Sign up for our monthly newsletter, The Weekender, and receive…
 
“Can I trust him?” is a question that most every woman asks herself after starting to date a new man. If the answer is “No,” the relationship is doomed to fail. That’s why it’s important that you look for “trust clues” early on. In this special episode, Jodi’s guest, relationship coach Gail Weiner, LMFT, identifies critical trust clues for you to d…
 
Can you sense true chemistry and connection from texts, calls, and virtual dates? Or does that really only happen in person? Lexi returns to talk about her date with Jerome. After lots of phone conversations, she had already imagined a future with him. And then they met. Was she right? Find out. Read the transcript for this episode here. You can co…
 
When there’s not a pandemic going on, New Year’s Eve is all about celebrating with others. Juliana had a New Year’s Eve date with a man who talked a good game, but did he follow through? Listen to find out how she handled what happened. Read the transcript for this episode here. You can connect with First Date Stories at FirstDateStories.com or cat…
 
Dating has slowed down because of the coronavirus. People are spending weeks or months connecting remotely before saying “hello” face-to-face. Jamie, who’s in her late 50s and hadn’t dated in years, chose to start again as Covid-19 was spreading. Barb and she chatted regularly for six weeks before making plans to meet. Jamie reveals what it’s like …
 
Is resistance holding you back? Are you wondering where your motivation went? Wouldn't it be nice to get out of your own way and start achieving? Overcoming resistance can be challenging but it's time to overcome resistance, get motivated and move on to greatness! This video is motivated by the writing of #stevenpressfield in his book, The War of A…
 
In this special episode, Jodi and her guest, online dating coach Erika Ettin, delve into the truth of what it’s like for women in midlife to date online. Do you want to boost your digital dating skills and confidence? Learn how to get started, the best mindset to have, successful strategies for you to use, how men online think, and much more. Read …
 
In this episode, we discuss how Soulful Journaling can help you process life's events, reduce stress/anxiety and give you an opportunity to reflect upon your thoughts, feelings and emotions and move forward. Podcast References: Journaling for Men https://youtu.be/0SJ92XPPZpQ World Mental Health Day | Find a Way to take care #WithMe https://youtu.be…
 
Can your intuition steer you wrong? In our Season 3 premiere, Jessica discloses what happened after she took a chance and asked a guy out on a date. Sean and she seemed compatible at first. Then she made a shocking discovery. Read the transcript for this episode here. You can connect with First Date Stories at FirstDateStories.com or catch up with …
 
In this episode, Frank and Sheila share five questions for starting a sharing soulful conversation. Whether you are a new couple or you’ve been a couple for years and years, these questions are perfect for starting interesting conversation. We usually use deep conversation as a last resort. We do this because they force us to sit with our feelings,…
 
In this episode, Sheila shares some encouragement during her virtual meeting with the Creative Morning RVA family. During this difficult season of social distancing, economic upheaval, uncertainty, anxiety and panic regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, what would happen if you discovered something amazing about yourself? Your passion. Your purpose. Ins…
 
Did you know that social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantines can possibly cause serious challenges to your relationships? Many of us are finding ourselves confined at home with little to no reprieve. Our current global crisis has changed our work life and personal lives. In this podcast, Frank and Sheila provide five tips to help your rel…
 
Are you stressed? How are things going on the jobs? How's that relationship? Need a break? We did. There are times when we just need to come to a complete stop. We need to take a step away from our lives, away from ourselves and reflect. Life does not offer us calm and quiet and solitude. We must take it for ourselves. We need to getaway. Eavesdrop…
 
Don't Call It A Comeback!! We missed each and every one of you. But we are back! Soulful Conversation with Frank and Sheila (Season 2) begins. Thank you for your emails, texts and borderline harassing messages (in love, of course). Season 2 starts below!! Family, check out our newest podcast called PILLOW TALK & BURNT GRITS! Yes! Pillow Talk! Burnt…
 
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