Preparing for dates should be a fun ritual, regardless of where you are coming from to get to your date. Planning ahead will keep you from being anxious in the days and hours leading up to the big event. A few days ago I tweeted a tip to create a playlist to get yourself pumped up before your dates. I know, I know. This sounds a little hokey at first, but hear me out. If you’re anything like me, the right song can snap you out of a funk and make you forget for a few minutes that getting hit by a bus would be a good ending to your day. Okay, so maybe that’s a little harsh, but blasting some silly feel-good music will do wonders for your soul, sanity, AND your dating life. Before you go buck wild on Spotify, let’s create a simple action plan to prep for your dates…
It’s always a good idea to freshen up and change clothes if you aren’t coming directly from home. Choose something the night before to avoid a last-minute meltdown. You might end up showing up in your yoga pants-OR WORSE-cancelling altogether. Even if you wear trendy clothing to work, changing your outfit will help you to “switch gears” into date mode-not to mention you will probably look and smell better, so this is kind of a no brainer.
Since you have gone through the trouble to make sure you are dressed to impress upon arrival, make sure you actually know how to get to your destination. Nothing will stress you out more than getting lost or getting caught up in traffic delays. Print out directions and read them ahead of time, even if you have a GPS. This will ensure that you can still arrive on time even if you have technical difficulties. Investigate the parking situation for your location prior to getting into your car and make sure to have cash and change handy for valet parking and meters.
Now that you know what to do, it’s time to make that playlist! I like to play music while I’m getting ready and while I am driving so you can make two playlists or you can be like me and have one giant playlist (I call mine Dancy Pants) and set it to shuffle. This way so that you will get extra psyched when something comes up that you haven’t heard in a while or forgot you added. Another idea for your playlist is if you and your date talked about a new band or album, play a few songs so that you have another topic to talk about AND it will let your date know you were thinking about them before the date. Smoooooth, right?
When creating your playlist, keep in mind that it’s YOUR playlist. Don’t let your inner hipster stop you from adding the Spice Girls if “Wannabe” activates your Groove Thang. While you won’t find Spice Girls anywhere near my playlist *cough*, no one can judge you if they don’t know it’s there! I really want you to get into this, so I’ll happily demolish any notion there ever was that I have good taste in music* and provide some gems off of my own playlist to get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy!!
*Musical taste is subject to the individual and does in no way diminish the creative genius and talent of any of the artists included in the above playlist.