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Update: My Doubts on PT :)

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Last time I wrote, I talked about my doubts about being a personal trainer.

I've not only took everyone's advice to heart, I thought about it. Here are my thoughts.

I have spring semester left for classes, a summer, than my internship in the fall. At the end of January, I plan to sit for the ACE Personal Training test. I am terrified I won't pass it. If I don't than I will pass until I do. Period.

As I was thinking about it, I realized members already treat me like a trainer. They ask me questions about injuries, and ways to get off their strength training plateaus. More than once, when I talk about courses and education, many have mentioned how they'd hire me.

In fact, today a co-worker was talking to me about personal trainers. She didn't like the options. Than, looked at me and asked if I'd design her a program. So, we're going to train each other. I am going to train her and she's going to give me feedback. We are going doing this after this semester ends.

So, I am going to test out this path in the next few months before I graduate.

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    sounds great! you really do have a lot of knowlege about working out and eating right and you obviously enjoy the lifestyle so why not?! i think its a GREAT idea and you will be awesome at it!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/7/2011 1:21PM

    That's what I was thinking reading these blogs together. FYI the PT I hired actually works at the local Y. I could have joined the Y and gotten her at 1/2 her cost, but then I would have also had to pay the Y for membership and I liked her coming to my house instead!

I would concentrate on getting a job with benefits when you get out of college and build up your PT business/clientele on the side. I think you'll be great! Look how far you came, you will definitely CONTINUE to motivate and inspire others. emoticon

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FUNFROG79 12/5/2011 10:44AM

    Wow, looks like a lot of people admire you!

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ELLEYKAT 12/5/2011 7:39AM

    That sounds like a GREAT plan. YOU CAN DO THIS! =) You're a great, thoughtful person, and I know you're going to help a lot of people. Look - you already have!! =)

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NATPLUMMER 12/4/2011 10:17PM

    emoticonExcellent plan!!

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IMSMILEY88 12/4/2011 9:58PM

    That's a great plan! Best wishes!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/4/2011 9:37PM

  Sounds like a GREAT plan............. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/4/2011 9:36PM

    May you be pleasantly surprised by the results of all your hard work!

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MYLADY4 12/4/2011 9:22PM

    Good plan. You will do great.

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Saturday, December 03, 2011

For those that do not know, I attend college and my major is Exercise Science.

At the beginning of the semester I was excited to take the Personal Training course. Now, I am so overwhelmed. I just want it to be done.

I have the passion, trust and empathy to be a personal trainer. While working at the Y, member have shown me all these things about me.

And, now the class and ALL the information is SO overwhelming. I am not sure I can pass the ACE certification exam.

Besides that doubt, I really don't know if I can help others become successful. Maybe I can only motivate me. But, on the other hand, I do have members coming up thanking me for my input, telling me how they have improved, and asking me for more advice, lol.

I have already talked to my supervisor/s, they seem open to me being an personal trainer there. But, what if I cannot make a living or cannot maintain enough clients?

The plan was to "test" out personal training starting in January through the summer.. but honestly, I don't know if I can pass it.

There I wrote it. My doubts with being a personal trainer.

But, on the other hand, I feel like I can relate to clients better than these personal trainers we have.. like I can do better.


Any advice of wisdom?

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/20/2012 10:46PM

    I must have been thinking of this blog of yours when I read the DailySpark Blog from Coach Nicole . . . I think the two of you have more in common. She has her share of doubts and help from her fellow friends.

Two things really saved me from going crazy as I anticipated what others might think about the DVD (and me):
1. I reminded myself that my intentions were good and pure. I was trying to help people and spread a positive and healthy message. Some people may find fault in the way it was executed, but I shouldn’t let it get to me because I did the best I could. I suppose I’d rather get some backlash by putting myself out there and going for it than never try for fear of how I might be perceived.
2. I remembered the quote a member shared with me years ago that I still remember today: “If someone else has a problem with you, it’s their problem, not yours.” This is such great and comforting advice!

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STEVIECAT4 12/5/2011 3:12PM

    Don't talk yourself out of it. I always tell my son "If you tell yourself you can't, then you're 100% correct. So go ahead and tell yourself you can. You have nothing to lose"

Don't scare yourself out of it! You can do this!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/4/2011 9:34PM

  Hi Savannah........
This sounds so familiar. You are nearing the end of your college days and the future is a bit scary. I don't know if this is a possibility or not for you, but when I felt unsure about my final exam in the course which was the most difficult, I met with the professor and asked him to help me concentrate on what was most important. I had and still have to some extent, a major fault of NOT being able to be concise with my notes. I COULD NOT narrow it down to what was most important. He looked over my notes, shook his head at ALL I had written and introduced me to the Highlighter. Take a deep breath, realize how much you have accomplished in your life, know how important you are to the members at the Y that you have worked with, and if you can talk to your professor, follow his/her advice.
I feel that you will do GREAT!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2011 10:27PM

    I have to echo what SHERYL said. You have what it takes for sure! You CAN do it, but you have to believe in yourself. WE do! And obviously, your supervisors wouldn't be willing to take you on as a personal trainer if they didn't think you could do it.

You now, it really is difficult to stare in the face of the unknown . . . otherwise known as the future! Big decisions, decisions that will affect your life . . . have to be made. But always remember that NOTHING is written in stone. You can change your mind!

You'll never know, though, if you don't give it a shot.

Anything worth having is going to take effort, because it's difficult. But remember . . . these steps you're taking now are the steps you need to take to get where you want to be. So concentrate on each step, and don't worry too much about the entire path. With each step you'll get there.

Believe in yourself! I do.

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NATPLUMMER 12/3/2011 4:25PM

    You'll never know until you try. I say go for it. It sounds like you're already doing great at it informally.

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/3/2011 1:08PM

    Doubt can be healthy to some extent, but then requires we move on (the way you normally do so well) and get on with the business of what we're destined to do or be in this life. While there may be a bit of healthy humility in the mix, it may actually encourage us to go out there and learn more within our respective fields, until we become the true experts that may be required of us. Just about the time we think we're experts, the industry mixes it up and we have something new in the mix to work in. Lord knows, people ask a ton of questions these days, and we find delight in having the right answer at our fingertips. Nevertheless, knowledge is part of a life-long learning experience and you gain a wealth of knowledge all-at-once while in a university setting. What great to remember, is that you don't have to have all the answers at once -- you can rely on your valued resources to be able to get back to person when additional material is required on any one topic that is beyond your current expertise. Doubt can be healthy, as long as it prompts you to action that benefits your career in the long run.

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RUNNER12COM 12/3/2011 12:37PM

    Two things will happen. You'll do well or you won't. But wouldn't you rather find out? Isn't it worth every bit of effort and sweat and will to know for sure?

You could walk away now, but then you'll spend the rest of your life wondering what if?

(Personally, I think you'll be amazing. Your doubts only reinforce to me that you are human, you understand what others go through, and you will be an amazing trainer.)


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MYLADY4 12/3/2011 12:31PM

    I can imagine that it is very scary for you right now thinking about the future. You are almost done with school then comes the huge, what next.

All I can say is that you have to believe in yourself and the skills and lessons that you have learned.

I went through some of the same doubts when I got my engineering degree. Can I do this, will I be any good at it, am I a fruad (that was a biggy)? Sometimes I still have doubts but the feedback that I keep getting from my coworkers and boss makes me feel better that I picked the right career.

Good luck and believe in yourself.

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HDHAWK 12/3/2011 9:03AM

    I thought about going for my certification when I lost all my weight. I've now gained it all back which is another story. I'm sure it's hard, but you've changed yourself and that's something not every trainer can say. I think it's a plus when you've been through something yourself. Take the test and if you don't pass the world won't end. You can always try again! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 12/3/2011 4:32AM

    What ??????
This doesn't sound like the Savannah I know and love.
You are an INSPIRATION. What could be more motivating than someone who has done it herself. And with all of your people skills, you'll be great. So stop with the insecurity, and take credit for the fantastic lady you are. YOU CAN DO IT !!!

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2011 Review, 2012 Goals

Friday, December 02, 2011

Today is the beginning of December and many people are thinking about their December goals. With 2011's close fast approaching, I started to think about this past year and the goals I made a year ago.

Here are my goals and how I faired.

Goal: Weigh 150
Current: Weigh 157

emoticon [7 pounds away? I feel good about that!]

Goal: 6 5Ks
Current: 5 5Ks

emoticon [I wanted to increase from 4 5K last year to 6 5Ks this year. But, I did do ONE more this year than last year... so improvement!]

Goal: Run a 10K
Current: Ran a HALF MARATHON

emoticon [I ran a half marathon - TWICE the distance of a 10K - and still quite proud!]

Goal: Pay off the credit card.
Current: Some, I guess.

emoticon[If you have been paying attention to recent blogs, you will know this haven't been so successful in this goal. But, I suspect, in 2012, that debt will be history.]

But, I am feeling good about reaching those goals. It seems like as soon as I write something, I might as well consider it done.

So, dear 2012, what shall we plan to do.

emoticon Run 8 races, including my 2nd half marathon.

emoticon Weigh around 145 from my current 157

emoticon Strength train 2x week consistently to fit into a size 8 from my current 10 or 12

emoticon Become a certified ACE Personal Trainer

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/2/2011 11:59PM

    It's been a great year for health! WooHoo! May this last month of the year put a feather in your cap to reaching closer to your goals. I'm happy to have share in one of your 5K's.

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PATRICIAANN46 12/2/2011 10:38PM

  Hi Savannah..........

emoticon on your goals and accomplishments in 2011. You did a wonderful job!!!!!

And........I am sure that you will accomplish what you want to in 2012 because you are so focused. As far as the financial aspect goes........graduating and getting a full-time job should take care of that goal. You will do fine.


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LISAINMS 12/2/2011 6:02PM

    WTG!! Love your goals for 2012, too.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2011 12:28PM

    You've done an awesome job in 2011 and glad to see you giving yourself praise where it is due!

Debt . . . this is such a hard monkey to get off the back, but you're a hard worker. It will happen for you. Just keep plugging away.

Way to go!! Here's to 2012.

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MYLADY4 12/2/2011 11:10AM

    Good doable plan!!!

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CIVIAV 12/2/2011 9:27AM

    WTG Savannah!

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/2/2011 1:00AM

    You did great with your goals in 2011, and I know you will reach your goals in 2012--way to go!

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Financial Stress

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sometimes when I am stressed I just need to say it. So, that is what I am doing. I am stressed. Can I just sit down and cry? It seems like nothing I do gets me anywhere! A department on campus gave me a scholarship but I won't see ANY of the money because it goes straight to my loans. That is great for the future me but for the now me, it sucks!

During the month of November, I went from being scheduled 3 days a week to 2 days a week. Not fun at all. Today was payday which was great. It means my account is no longer negative. It was negative still from that company that pulled from my account twice. Apparently, they didn't want to just put the money back into my account. Nope. They cut me a check. Last week. It's still NOT here!

Anywho.. after my account went into the positive, I had about $200. So, I put gas in the car ($20) and got groceries ($85). Both were super low. So, now I have about $100. My phone bill is $100. My credit card bill is $80. I need a haircut so $20.

I am going to not have to pay one of those bills. If I don't pay the phone, it get's cut off. If I don't pay the credit card, I get 7-8 calls a day. Basically, one a hour.

Don't even mention how I am going to pay for Christmas shopping. I need at least $100 for that, which I clearly do NOT have. My parents say I can put my name on their gifts for the kids. Oh, now there is a proud moment. I am 25 years old and I can barely survive.

ONE DAY I know it won't be like this. I have been entertaining the idea of being a personal trainer. I asked my mom last night how much money I need to survive comfortably but she couldn't answer me. I just hope to God I will have a job after I graduate. Even if the Y offers me a job, at least it's a full time position *hopefully* with benefits.

It's just the next month I have to make it through. In January, I will have less bills. And, once I get next semester's financial aid refund, I can paid my credit card completely off so ALL I have to worry about is my phone bill (which is decreasing), groceries, and gas!

I guess what else is that I won't be able to go down to my sister's to decorate cookies for Christmas. It saddens me because I want to see my nieces and nephews more.. *sigh* I guess it means it will help me my weight loss. No cookies to bring home if I don't go. That is the other thing.. I definitely do not over eat with moths coming out of my cupboards.

Anyhow, I am still stressed but I need to get to my EKG class! Thanks for listening!

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STEVIECAT4 12/2/2011 12:49PM

    I can't tell you how many times I've called off Christmas because I couldn't afford it. I refuse to go into debt for something that has gotten so blown out of proportion. It's Christ's birthday, so when I can't afford it, I do what the bumper sticker says: Keep Christ in Christmas. People understand. They really really do. Keep your chin up, darlin'. It will get better. You just need to weather this storm. I'm glad you blogged about it. You need to get it out or the stress will become overwhelming.

Go ahead and this one time let your mom add your name to the gifts. That's so generous of her. :0) If you like, you can make it up to the kids for Valentine's Day or Easter and tell them you're giving them a little extra because you couldn't do it last Christmas.

The important thing is that you are making it and you WILL make it. It's just a rough patch you're going through right now. Hang in there!!

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FUNFROG79 12/2/2011 8:31AM

    Hang in there, I think everyone can relate. I'm actually making everyone there Christmas gifts this year to save me a massive about of money. Things will get better, just hang in there!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/30/2011 9:49PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Now that is another "College Memory".......... NEVER having enough $!!! It does get better, which doesn't help you right now, but at least you know the future will mean a full-time job with benefits.
Is there anyone that you could get a short-term loan with?
Wish I were of more help.

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MSJULES01 11/30/2011 7:45PM

    Hang in there. It will get easier.

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PSALM42 11/30/2011 3:46PM

    emoticon We all go through tough times (I'm in one as well). Maybe make some treats with things you already have (flour, etc) as gifts. Maybe find a way to decrease some bills, even if it's hard to give up. I cut my own hair with great success, you could always try that or maybe a friend is willing. But it sounds like you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, very good.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/30/2011 3:39PM

    Total side note/crazy note re: gifts

Just a suggestion. When I was cash strapped and waiting for fund to come in I made gift certificates for those I was giving gifts to-- gifts of time for the adults, and "IOU" certificates (to be redeemed after payday) for the kids. The kids liked the idea of being able to get another gift later too - go figure!

Hang in there. I work with college students all day long, and most are in the same situation as they work towards their future goals. It will get better.


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ABETTERCHERYL 11/30/2011 3:26PM

    Oh, I totally know that feeling! When I was a student and for a couple of years after I could barely make ends meet. Talk about stress! Just know, it does get better. You may have to give up a few things now like the cookies or buying a few Christmas presents but it won't always be like that. Hang in there! Once you get through school and find a job, it will start getting better. Be proud of everything that you have accomplished so far, and keep your head up girlie!

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MYLADY4 11/30/2011 3:23PM

    Oh boy do I know what you feel. Hated living paycheck to paycheck. Why is the scholarship going to past loans? Was it one that once you completed some school work and they deemed you worthy it went to it? That's just silly.

Have you thought about donating plasma? My daughter did that when she was first in college to pay for a WII and extra spending money. It's an idea.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/30/2011 3:19PM

    I have been there and know all too well that kind of stress--it seems everything tends to hit at once, and usually at the holidays. Know this: IT WILL NOT ALWAYS BE THIS WAY. You will make it through and there will be brighter days ahead!


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JESSICAW09 11/30/2011 3:08PM

    *Crys*, I know how you feel and what you are going through. I can't get my boys there XMAS presents until after XMAS this year because of finances. Like you, I am waiting on my excess check from school and my incentive from work, both of which will not be until January. I am sorry that you are going through this, but you are not alone. (((HUGS))) Things will get better for you, just hang in there!

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What is a date?

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sometimes I wake up crabby for no good reason.

Maybe it is just the stress that is getting to me. Probably. It is the time of the semester that I look like this poor guy!

It could also be that my sore throat turned into the common cold which is turning into a chest cold. Can I stay in bed all day, pretty please? I am not feeling the most motivated to work out even.

It could be the societal pressures.

A guy and I have been hanging out lately. We went to this Christmas village of lights last night. We both had a great time. We smiled, laughed. He offered me his hat because I might be cold. It was rather sweet. He knows I am a poor college student and he has a secure job so he offers to pay for me. In fact, he paid for parking.

Are we dating? That is what my mom wants to know. I have no idea. Why can't a girl and boy hang out and just enjoy each other's company. Because I keep being asking, my analytical side of me kicked in and now I want to know.. are we dating? But than again why do I need the label?

What does it even mean to date?

Well, according to wikipedia, "a form of courtship consisting of social activities done by two persons with the aim of each assessing the other's suitability as a partner in an intimate relationship."

I accepted that we probably are. I do like him. But, than all this anxiety seems to come flooding as soon as I start analyzing.. just what I was trying not to do.. and that's what I don't like!

Maybe I should work out but the thought of being on a machine makes me want to run away. I know I am in a mental plateau but today I don't have enough energy to put me beyond it or care.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2011 12:27PM

    First, hope you're feeling better soon! The cold I had just kept hanging on, but finally did go away.

As for dating . . . well, maybe your time togehter could fit with the definition of a date, but if it makes you anxious, don't label it!! No need of it to be labeled. At least IMHO. I agree . . . I think the idea is just enjoy the time together and wherever it leads, that's where it goes.

Oh, try some Vicks Vapo Rub on the soles of your feet (then put socks on, of course). That really helps to clear up congestion.


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/30/2011 9:54AM

    I met a guy recently too. We've kayaked twice together and most nights he calls and we chat for about an hour about kayaking and other things.

It is kind of awkward when it's in an ambiguous phase, isn't it?

Maybe it helps that I'm in my 40s now and I can just relax and enjoy the ride, wherever it goes.

Relax if you can. It's all good.

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STEVIECAT4 11/30/2011 9:22AM

    Well, keep hanging with him and if he builds up the nerve to kiss you, you'll know you are now dating! How's that for a good sign!


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EJOY-EVELYN 11/29/2011 11:11PM

    Like a fig . . . I just want to eat it up! (smile, smile) Hope you're feeling better soon. Glad you got to see the village of lights!

Oh how glad I am to not have to think about the seriousness of your question at this late stage of my life. College days were, indeed, filed with angst - lots of questions, and never knowing for sure what relationships would develop further.

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PATRICIAANN46 11/29/2011 8:39PM

  Hi Savannah.........
I love your blogs!!!!! It's just like going back in time.........remembering my college days and the angst of relationships.

First of all.......take care of your cold and don't do anything that would make it worse. Second.......and this may be harder advice to follow......try to enjoy the relationship you have right now with this guy. Live in the moment and if the next moment or day or week is different, deal with it then. Just enjoy NOW because NOW goes by way too fast and then you are my age wishing that you would have appreciated NOW when it was happening. Does that make sense????? I hope so.

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HDHAWK 11/29/2011 6:47PM

    Take care of the cold and let the relationship go where it wants to go. No pressure.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/29/2011 5:13PM

    Enjoy the relationship for what it is, and do your best to ignore the questions, because in the end, they don't really matter; sometimes it's best to not try and label things. If the cold is going into your chest, don't try and work out too much; give your body time to rest and recover, and make sure you're getting plenty of fluids. It's tough to take time to get well when you're in the crush of school, holidays, and everything else, but take good care of yourself--you WILL make it!

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NATPLUMMER 11/29/2011 4:43PM

    I'm sure it's a combination of everything.
Dating...probably.R>If that cold is turning chesty then step away from the machines and rest.

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SPARKCHANTAL 11/29/2011 4:33PM

    hi mango!
all the while i lived an american life, this 'dating' thing was pure stress. can't say why, but the silly questions and all the labeling made it so, i guess, just like you described.
now i live a german life, it's a different society. going out is not such an issue, you go out with someone just to have fun, and your thoughts revolve around that.
so... why not turn a deaf ear to all the 'tusheling' (gossiping, speculating, talking behind backs...) and just enjoy the guy's company. let everything just fall in place, develop as it wants.
not so easy... but you're tough!
power to you

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