Are you honest, with a big heart, and no addictions?

by singlemomseeking on July 3, 2008

When I first put myself online, this is how I started off my Match.com profile:

“Are you honest, with a big heart, and no addictions?”

Can you tell that I’ve had some lousy history with at least one dishonest man struggling with an addiction? (Yes, I take responsibility for choosing ’em.)

After spending a couple of intense years working on my co-dependency issues — and learning the ropes of single motherhood — I was ready to weed out the “bad” ones from the start.

I went on to describe myself: “Warm, generous single mom seeking respectful, cooperative man with both feet on the ground who dreams big.”

What do you think? Is it too defensive? Intimidating? Corny? Mushy?

Now matter how you introduce yourself — online or in person — the first line that comes out of your mouth makes the biggest impression. Whenever I read those online profiles that begin with “Let’s see now, where do I begin?” or “I really hate filling this out–” my eyes glaze over. Do yours?

Where’s his imagination? Where’s his passion?

My friend Craig Harrison runs his entire business around making a great first impression. The next time you introduce yourself to someone, notice how straightforward, positive, and inviting you are.

If you had one line to introduce yourself, what would it be?

Which adjectives and verbs describe how unique you are? What do you love to do? What makes your heart race? Start with this: “I am a __________.”

I want to hear it. How would you introduce yourself in one line? Remember: one line.


Photo taken during an attempt to get just one “glamour” shot for my Match.com profile. It never happened. You can see why this one went into my “online duds” folder. No, I would NOT put my kid in an online dating profile. I hope you wouldn’t either. This shot was taken by a friend, in the midst of it all…

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