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Saturday, July 31, 2010


Conversation Topics for Dates

By: Lisa BowerThe only way to get to know your date is by talking to them, but you may not know which date conversation topics work when getting to know someone for the very first time. When you're on a date, it helps to consider what you want to know about the other person. Additionally, if you seem genuinely interested in what this person has to say, you may find yourself booking a second date.
It's a general rule that you should avoid talking about the past on a first date. Instead, you want focus on getting to know one another without previous relationships haunting or clouding this process.
Instead of starting a date by asking for your date's deepest and darkest secrets, think about starting off with safer topics. For example, start the date by asking about their background. Additionally, be sure to ask where they work, if they like it and what their career goals are. This will show that you're interested in their work and have an eye to the future.
Asking about your date's friends is also a good move. By asking about them, you show that you're interested in all aspects of your date's life. This may be a good way to get your date to open up about the kinds of people they like to spend time with.
Ask if your date has ever been out of the country and about dream destinations. This will show you even more about your date's interests and is a good way to segue into activities and sights that interest them.
Knowing how a person spends their free time will help you learn more about them. Ask about hobbies and interests, as well as about things he or she has wanted to try. Not only will this show you more about your date's personality, but it could end up giving you important date ideas if you decide to see them again.
Be sure to ask specific questions after you have the above basics covered. You could ask about pop culture (i.e. if you could eliminate one celebrity, who would it be?) or ask about biggest fears. Make sure to ask about things in which you are interested. Remember: This is about getting to know your date.

ask her ...

I very often see and hear guys looking for good questions to ask their girlfriend. There may be a lot of reasons, what is yours?
  • Looking to get to know your valentine date better?
  • Running out of things to talk to your sweetie about?
  • First date jitters and don't know what to talk about?
Well, here are first half of 100 questions that can break the ice and get a conversation going. Check them out and then continue to my blog for the other half, agreed?
And, please, remember that the most important thing is to have fun! Although this might seem easy to sit and list all the questions before your girlfriend but she might freak out and run away from you and we wouldn't like that, would we? So make fun of it. Throw a couple of questions and talk about them, discuss the answers, enjoy the conversation.
You might be very much surprised by what you learn about the other person. People are fun and they are so different but also so alike. Finding out your new girlfriend to be like minded with you should turn your date into a celebration at the end. Be prepared!
Don't force anyone to answer a question they don't want to and don't pry deeper if they are not willing to talk about a certain subject. Good manners are a must when asking personal and intimate questions, especially if you are not too acquainted with each other.
1. What was your best job?
2. What were your worst jobs?
3. Tell me all the places you worked
4. Tell me about your best friend
5. Tell me about your family
6. Tell me about your relatives
7. What was your first car?
8. Favorite movie star?
9. Favorite entertainer?
10. Favorite song?
11. What were your life changing moments?
12. First girlfriend/boyfriend?
13. First kiss?
14. What is the dumbest thing you have ever done?
15. Have you ever been arrested?
16. Political affiliation?
17. Have you voted for someone you wished you hadn't?
18. Have you used drugs?
19. Do you like to shop?
20. Best way to relax?
21. Favorite thing to do alone?
22. Ever had a one night stand?
23. Do you save money?
24. What hobbies to you spend money on?
25. If you found a $100 what would you do?
26. Do you want children/more children?
27. Are you a good parent?
28. What makes a good parent?
29. Are you romantic?
30. Ever loose a pet?
31. Dog or cat?
32. Pets growing up?
33. Sleep in the nude?
34. Favorite midnight snack?
35. Do you exercise?
36. Did you ever see your parents making love?
37. Peanut butter and what?
38. What is one food you will never give up?
39. What is a food you can live without?
40. Favorite drink?
41. Perfect day?
42. How many CDs do you own?
43. How many DVDs do you own?
44. Favorite thing to spend money on?
45. What is the weirdest thing about you?
46. What is on your bedside table?
47. Are you cheap or thrifty?
48. Ever been in love with 2 people at the same time?
49. Grades in high school?
50. Favorite teacher?
51. Relatives in jail?
52. Toppings on pizza?
53. Black or white?
54. Glass half full or half empty?55. Ever been to a food shelf?
56. Ever milked a cow?
57. Ever tipped a cow?
58. Bath or shower?
59. Mountains or the beach?
60. Plane, train or automobile?
61. Favorite all time movie?
62. Worse movie you have ever seen?
63. Best concert you have been to?
64. Beer, wine or coffee?
65. Best vacation?
66. If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?
67. Worse vacation?
68. Three places you would love to visit?
69. Worse boss?
70. If you could do anything what would it be?
71. Super powers you wish you had?
72. Ever had a massage?
73. Ideal romantic dinner?
74. Dumbest purchase you ever made?
75. Where did you find money when you were flat broke?
76. Ever sold blood?
77. What sporting event/concert/entertainment would you buy tickets to regardless of price?
78. Ever hit a jackpot on a slot machine?
79. Ever won the lottery?
80. What would you do with your lottery winnings?
81. Are you a neat freak?
82. Can't stand being around people who_________?
83. Crowds or small groups?
84. How old do you want to live to?
85. Loose your sight or hearing?
86. Ever had a crush on a member of the same sex?
87. Pet peeves?
88. Most annoying habit?
89. Sexiest parts of a member of the opposite sex?
90. Major turn offs?
91. Tattoos?
92. Bodypainting?
93. Piercings?
94. Plastic surgery-would you/have you?
95. Computer geek?
96. Trekee?
97. Play an instrument?
98. Been in a band?
99. Most embarrassing moment?
100. Nude beach yes or no?
Did you like this? I think this is a nice list of fun questions to ask your girlfriend. I hope the list is interesting enough and will keep you going for some time. Enjoy your conversations and have fun!

just like that, ask her.

Fun Questions to Ask Your Girlfriend

By: Lydia NicollIf you know fun questions to ask your girlfriend, you'll be able to learn more about your new partner than just her favorite color. If you are in the early stages of a relationship and still getting to know your girlfriend, think outside the box to learn more about her and what she's all about.
What was your first impression of me?
You may be surprised at her response, as it could differ greatly from how she sees you now. Follow up, naturally, by sharing your first impression of her.
What is the worst nickname you've ever had?
It could be that the beautiful woman you're dating now was nicknamed Brace Face as a young girl.
What is the best advice you've ever been given?
Did she follow it or did she only realize it was good after the fact?
What is the wildest thing you've ever done?
Don't be surprised if your seemingly innocent girlfriend went crazy on a spring break in Cancun or faced down her fear of heights by going skydiving!
How would you define happiness?
If you're liking where your relationship is going, her answer to this question could prove very useful. You'll be armed with information you can put to use to help make her feel that way.
What are your biggest weaknesses? They could be personality traits, or things she gives into every time. If she lets you in on this secret, don't take advantage of it!
What is your favorite curse word?
Everyone has one. Sometimes the inspiration or rationale behind a favorite expletive doesn't make sense, but it's almost aways really funny.
What is your definition of cheating? Have you ever been cheated on?
It's good for you to know your boundaries so as to prevent breaking your sweetie's heart. If she has been cheated on before, this may help you understand if trust issues come up in the future.
Have you ever broken a bone?
Your girlfriend may have some interesting stories of how she was a daredevil or a klutz as a kid.
Are you a morning person? This could end up being vital information if you operate on opposite schedules.
If you could be transported anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? Maybe she has a favorite family vacation spot or a dream to visit a distant land that you can help her achieve.
What is your biggest inspiration?
It could be her high school coach or her favorite book. Find out what inspires her and then be her next motivation to do something great.
What are things you like to do alone?
Everyone likes alone time, so she'll appreciate the way you understand that it's not you, it's her need to focus on herself.
What is your biggest regret?
If it is something she dwells on, you can help her to overcome a past mistake and teach her to learn from it.
Who is your favorite family member?
She could have a wild great-aunt who could become your newest favorite person, too.
What are your biggest passions?
Passion is extremely important for a relationship to succeed. If you support her as she pursues her passions, she'll often transfer some of that passion onto you.
If you could pick one thing to improve about yourself, what would it be?
If it's something physical, you gain insight into about what she is self conscious. Whether physical or personality-based, knowing what easily bothers her can help you boost her confidence.
What do you believe to be the root of most problems in relationships?
There are a variety of answers to this question. Knowing her idea of why relationships fail can help you make sure yours lasts.
Do you have any bad habits?
What she sees as her worst habit might be your favorite quirk. If it does turn out to be annoying, though, you were warned early on.
What makes you laugh the hardest?
Laughter is a wonderful tension diffuser. Knowing how to get her to laugh will make her yours forever.

The power of imagination.

Imagination Quotes

The imagination exercises a powerful influence over every act of sense, thought, reason,
-- over every idea.
Latin Proverb
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
James Russel Lowell
Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Louisa May Alcott
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
He who has imagination without learning, has wings and no feet.
Joseph Joubert
Hope is the dream of a man awake.
French Proverb
A strong imagination begetteth opportunity.
Michel de Montaigne
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

Where beams of imagination play,
The memory's soft figures melt away.

Alexander Pope
Believe that you have it, and you have it.
Latin Proverb
The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization.
Henry Ward Beecher
Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger, and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be so much more the grateful.
Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Joseph Joubert
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Fear of Failure is very Bad.

person jumping over a deep chasm

Fear of Failure

Go back a little to leap further.
John Clarke

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
Theodore Roosevelt
Half of the failures in life come from pulling one's horse when he is leaping.
Thomas Hood
Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.
William Shakespeare
Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success.
Napoleon Hill
Failure is blindness to the strategic element in events; success is readiness for instant action when the opportune moment arrives.
Newell D. Hillis
They fail, and they alone, who have not striven.
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
We learn wisdom from failure much more than success. We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do.
Samuel Smiles

I was never afraid of failure, for I would sooner fail than not be among the best.
John Keats
It is foolish to fear what you cannot avoid.
Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes.
Publius Syrus
He that is down needs fear no fall.
John Bunyan
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
George Herman "Babe" Ruth
One who fears failure limits his activities.
Failure is only the opportunity to more
intelligently begin again.

Henry Ford
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you will make one.
Elbert Hubbard
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortunes; but great minds rise above them.
Washington Irving
Our greatest glory consist not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Oliver Goldsmith
Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems.
Nelson A. Rockefeller
What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?
Vincent van Gogh
The greatest men sometimes overshoot themselves, but then their very mistakes are so many lessons of instruction.
Tom Browne
Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes.
James A. Froude
It is the want of diligence, rather than the want of means, that causes most failures.
Alfred Mercier
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed--I well know.
For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself.

Georges Clemenceau
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.
Napoleon Bonaparte
There is no failure except in no longer trying.
Elbert Hubbard
There is no impossibility to him who stands prepared to conquer every hazard.
The fearful are the failing.

Sarah J. Hale
Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
Johann C. F. von Schiller
Failure teaches success.
Japanese Saying

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Be yourself.

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