Adrian & Maria

Dear Karen, Firstly, thank you for sending copies of the photographs, you were very quick off the mark and it was lovely to see them on our return. I wonder if we could borrow the negatives? We promise to return them! Thank you also for the wonderful gift of the Spode butter dish, we now…

Mike & Rhoda

It is with great pleasure that we write to you today to thank you, and your team, for helping us to make our dreams come true. We both know that, without your help, consideration and expertise, we would never have met each other and would therefore still have been living by ourselves. From day one…

Richard & Karen

Dear Karen, When we called in to your offices, we were able to tell you that we were engaged. Well, now we can advise you that we have now fixed the date for the wedding. A big ‘thank you’ to you and your team for helping make our dreams come true. We both know that, without your…

Michael & Nathalie

Dear Karen, I seriously thought it would never happen, either through the hand of fate or with your efforts at Sara Eden! Thirty-five toads later, I’ve kissed my prince! The crazy thing is that he only lived in the next village a mile away! I would never have met him if you hadn’t introduced us.…

Too Much Choice

Having too much choice could be said to be a modern dilemma, one which is exacerbated by the breaking down of the traditional social codes around dating. Too much choice can be really destabilising, as settling down with one person feels impossible – how can one be sure that the choice made is the right…

Other People’s Shoes

We’re all in a state. What’s next? Is it worth dating right now if we might not be able to meet? Have I got the energy for a new relationship anyway? Am I going to lose my job?   Frankly, life feels less safe. Could a different approach help? The sense that the usual rules…

Now we’re having a heatwave

Just when we thought our endurance had been tested to the limit by the lockdown, now the universe is sending us a Saharan blast of heat to test us further……everything feels like too much effort, especially when we are not sleeping as well as we normally would and tempers are frayed, to say the least.…

Your New Normal Part 2

Self-knowledge is a such great thing. If you have managed to complete your reflection period and reach a greater understanding of yourself, the new you will be ready to forge ahead and consider the next step – exploring the new attitudes and behaviors you want to focus on. This is important and time consuming, but…

The New Normal Part 1

As you emerge blinking into the sunlight post lockdown, do you wonder if you might have lost your edge a little? All that free time and the slower pace to life may have left you feeling that you’re not quite up to speed any more. Not at all – whether you know it or not,…

Loneliness

Loneliness is something that many of us have been experiencing lately. It’s a rotten feeling but take heart from the fact that it’s not something you need to put up with. If you are experiencing genuine loneliness (and not confusing it with being alone, which can actually feel great) the solution lies with you. Now,…

The Cost Of Loving.

We’ve been mired in our current situation for long enough to be able to take stock. It’s time to consider what has changed for the better during lockdown, now that restrictions are being lifted, so that we can carry the best of it forward.   Firstly, look back and recall how much you were spending…

Exercise Caution …

With plenty of time on our hands, there are ample opportunities to consider love and to let your mind wander, imagining what might be. If you have been lucky enough to do any virtual dating during these difficult times, you might have fallen into the pitfall of thinking that the ‘relationship’ you may be having…

Surviving Lockdown Part 2

Surviving Lockdown Part 2 If you are currently single and would like that to change, this is the perfect time to be considering what you can do.   Firstly, review what you have done in the past, how you have gone about finding a partner and the pros and cons of your approach. How did…

Surviving Lockdown Part 1

Lockdown as a concept was fine, but as a reality it’s less than glamorous. Used to being able to do what we want, exactly when we want, there is now a distinct feeling that some of the fun and purpose has gone from day to day existence.   Yes, we are now facing restrictions in…

Love Yourself Better…

Love – the true kind, is not something you can control. It can’t be bought, demanded or defined. At times it can feel pernicious, such as when it’s withdrawn. It’s a fact that there is absolutely nothing you can do to make someone love you, no matter how hard you try.  Love is a force…

The Coronavirus Opportunity

Our lives are topsy turvy just now, for how long we don’t know. There are impacts on love – couples new and old are stranded in far away places, unable to go out and with only each other for company,or stuck at home with the same dilemma. A situation with the potential to make or…

Love In Time Of Coronavirus

Those who inhabit this sceptred isle have a tendency to thrive in adversity. We are going to have to adapt to survive with the threat of Covid 19.   I’d give the speed dating a miss for a while – all that sanitising every chair you sit on might not make the romance happen.  …

Leap Year Love.

This year is special because it’s a leap year, and we have a 29th day in February. Coming from a 5th century deal allegedly made between St Bridget and St Patrick and originally known as Bachelor’s Day, this Irish tradition allowed ladies to take the initiative in matters of dancing and marriage requests, once every…

Later Life Dating Tips For Ladies….

Four Golden Rules. So the kids have grown up and you’ve just returned to the dating scene after being married for years. But, help – dating is a whole different ball game now you’re older. Well don’t be disheartened just follow my four Golden Rules and make that good first impression, otherwise there will never…

If you are dating in your 50’s….

It’s so much more complex than it was in your 20s! BUT, you are wiser, and you are more tolerant. You know yourself so much better and experience has given you insight into your own needs and wants; consequently, you will make better choices henceforth. Dating at this age and stage of life is good…