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This past weekend, I had a lot of time to think. The autumn weather hit Washington, D.C., with a vengeance and it is absolutely beautiful. I walked around, admiring the yellows and oranges and reds around me. I held a hot vanilla latte in my hands and sipped slowly and deliberately.ย And, naturally, I wished I had a boyfriend to walk beside me — to hold my hand, make me laugh, and compliment my boots. I wasn’t sad about it, though. I was just making an observation. And I realized — on an afternoon walk through bustling Clarendon — that over the past couple years my mindset toward being single has really changed. And, whether you know it or not, I have you to thank for it.

Writing on this blog has been like therapy for me. Each time I sit down to write, I pour out my thoughts and feelings. And I know that you will be there on the other end to soak it all up, laugh at my funny dating experiences, call me out on my crap, and hold me when I just need to be held. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and I am just feeling really thankful.

Here’s a five-minute video I put together — my take on the current dating scene, why I write, and what I’m learning.

Dating isn’t easy. And that’s not going to change anytime soon. But the hope I’ve found in God and in the community of readers that visit this blog is astounding. And fulfilling. And sustaining.

Thank you for making this blog possible, for being the leather couch I can stretch out on to talk about my issues, my faith, my heart. Thank you for engaging in the conversation. I can’t even tell you the joy I feel when my iPhone beeps to tell me I’ve got a new comment or “like.” It’s humbling.

Happyย Monday!

Yours truly,

~Ruth

P.S. Know someone that might want to join the conversation? Feel free to pass along this video!