I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life

I Just Haven't Met You Yet: Finding Empowerment in Dating, Love, and Life

by Tracy Strauss

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Overview

Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Eat, Pray, Love. One of Bustle’s “Writers to Watch” offers advice, life Lessons, and lots of heart. As featured by New York Magazine!

I Just Haven’t Met You Yet is a modern-day journey of the heart. Forty-something author Tracy Strauss offers her journey to dismantle the effects and stigmas of an abusive past, break free of destructive relationship patterns, and ultimately conquer her fear of truly being seen by the world, flaws and all.

She shares the transformative lessons she learned and self-empowerment she achieved while passing each hurdle along the way to finding the love of her life. Topics include:
  • First Boyfriend
  • Teenage Love
  • On the Advice of Married Friends: Getting Cultured
  • First Impressions: Speed Dating
  • How to Fall in Love Without Really Trying
  • Necessary Losses
  • Sex Drive
  • Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
  • Chemistry
  • Womanhood
  • Cats Aren’t Kids
  • The Power of Love
  • Good Luck to Me: My 1,000th Adventure in Online Dating
  • My Dating Life Is Not Doomed
  • And more!

Tracy helps readers empower themselves by taking a challenging look at the ways the negative events of their lives, including sexual harassment and abuse, have shaped their self-perception and created obstacles to personal success, and how readers can change that troubled self-image along with their (love) lives.

This is a story about taking big risks, changing old habits and beliefs about dating, and speaking back to the naysayers, especially that internal critic, the inner love saboteur. It is a prime mover and the only epistolary memoir cum dating/relationship essay book of its kind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510742925
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 635,732
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Tracy Strauss, named by Bustle as one of eight women writers with advice to follow, is former essays editor of The Rumpus and winner of the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for nonfiction. A contributor to Glamour’s sex and relationships column, she has appeared on television as a relationship blogger for the Huffington Post. She teaches writing, and Zumba, in Boston. 

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter I I Just Haven't Met You Yet 1

Good Luck to Me: My 1,000th Adventure in Online Dating 3

On the Advice of Married Friends: Getting Cultured 6

Chapter 2 Looking For My Soul/Sole Mate 12

First Impressions: Speed Dating 14

Chapter 3 On Disclosure: To Tell Or Not To Tell 22

My Deep Dark Secret 27

Love Legacy 31

Chapter 4 Cross My Heart 54

Teenage Love 59

How to Fall in Love Without Really Trying 70

Chapter 5 I Want To Know What Love Is 84

Necessary Losses 86

If You're Gone 106

Chapter 6 I'll Make Love To You 115

Love Cat 117

First Boyfriend 139

Sex Drive 146

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 148

Chapter 7 I Have A Vision of Love 155

Chemistry 157

Womanhood 164

Cats Aren't Kids 182

Chapter 8 "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 185

Chapter 9 You Complete Me 188

Greatest Love of All 190

Dream Lover 214

The Power of Love 218

Chapter 10 You Gotta Believe 228

My Dating Life Is Not Doomed 230

What's Love Got to Do With It? 235

Who Knows, Could Be 243

Mr. & Ms. Right 249

Chapter 11 At Last 262

Acknowledgments 269

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