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Those of us who are happily married often forget how nasty the dating world can actually get.

Women have to deal with jerks, mama’s boys and arrogant bastards. Some find that they deal with lying and cheating men over and over again.

Perpetually single women often wonder what’s wrong with them. Why do they keep finding themselves attracted to the same toxic relationships over and over again?

Now I know what you’re thinking, Single Girls. What does Angie Atkinson know about being single? Just LOOK at her bio–she says right in it that she’s married to the man of her dreams.

Don’t give up on me yet, ladies. Before I met my prince, I kissed my share of toads. Some of them were especially warty, if you know what I mean–but I don’t regret anything. I learned some incredibly valuable lessons along the way.

And while I’m prepared to offer you some insight from my own experience, I’m also going to pass along a great resource from a dating expert.

So let’s start with my own experience. For a couple of years before I met my husband, I went through first date hell. Every guy I thought had potential seemed great–until our first date. Then I would inevitably find some small (or large!) fault on which to focus. By the end of the evening, I knew that I couldn’t go out with him again.

This cycle continued until one day I realized what I’d been doing. Instead of feeling good and sending positive energy into the world, I was feeling bad and focusing on every negative thing I could wrap my head around.

And, as Dr. Phil says, it WASN’T workin’ for me.

So I changed my mind. I sat down and pulled out my journal, realizing that I really didn’t know what I was looking for.

Through journaling, I was able to get a clear understanding of what exactly I wanted in a partner. I decided then that I would open my mind and allow the universe to do it’s thing. Then, I just relaxed and let it go.

Just a few weeks later, I met the man who would later become my husband. Call it a coincidence if you like, but I call it something else. I put it out there to the universe, made it clear to myself. Then I released it…and the universe delivered.

This is not some hocus pocus–it’s how the universe works. Feel good, think good, do good–and good will come to you.

And, while you’re at it, check out dating expert Stephany Alexander‘s new website, I only wish it was around when I was single!

My favorite part about is that they offer easy access to women’s health and relationship experts. Ladies can submit their own questions and get real answers from real live educated professionals.

The site also features special help for abused women, games, news and more. Perhaps the most interesting thing offered by is the “World’s Largest Database of Men,” which allows women to literally rate their dates.

One final tip from me to you: Woman, Love Thyself. I know, I know, you’ve heard it all before–but I am here to tell you again. Until you realize exactly how seriously you’ve GOT IT GOIN’ ON, girl, no one else will either. Now go do something sweet for yourself!

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