The Single Girl's Guide [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Imogen Lloyd Webber
eBook Category: Family/Relationships/Self Improvement
eBook Description: You've laughed and cried along with Bridget Jones and Carrie Bradshaw; now meet their real-life counterpart in Imogen. The Single Girl's Guide is a tongue-in-cheek but practical manual on life management for the bachelorette. Make the most of unattached living with free spirit Imogen as your guide, revealing amusing anecdotes and advice on how to juggle bosses, colleagues and friends. Learn about managing your parents and distractions of the male variety, including the perils of modern communication by email and text when dating. Help keep the stresses and strains of singledom at bay and realise that the secret of successful life management lies in not letting those around you know that they're being managed. Armed with this book, you can steer a safe passage through the stormy waters, limit the seasickness, and enjoy the trip.
eBook Publisher: Summersdale Self Help/Summersdale Self Help
Fictionwise Release Date: April 2007
It is a truth which should be universally
acknowledged that a single girl can be in
possession of the most wonderful life.
The world has moved on from Austen?s husband-hunters, and
in the last hundred years the Single Girl (SG) has begun to
garner a more positive status. Thanks to the sexual revolution, her
opportunities are becoming endless. No longer does she carry the
somewhat derogatory moniker of ?spinster?; we are talking Bridget
Jones? singletons and Carrie Bradshaw?s sex. Single women are
allowing themselves to be celebrated ? to a point. Both Bridget and
Carrie only reach fulfilment when they ride off into the sunset with
Mr Darcy and Mr Big.
But what if the prince doesn't come or gets a bit delayed? Is the SG to
sit and pine? Or waste her time desperately seeking a male specimen in
stalker-like fashion, which is enough to make any sensible man sprint
in the opposite direction ? especially if he hears her biological clock
ticking like Peter Pan?s crocodile before he even sees her coming?
When a relationship is right, it is wondrous. But when it is not, what
is the point? You can be lonelier in the wrong relationship than you
can ever be when you are single. For when unattached, you can take
control, managing your world so as to make the whole universe your
oyster, keeping any melancholic black clouds that may have been
hovering over your head at bay. Yes, being attached brings its own
fun, but as an SG you have so many distinct, delicious possibilities to
explore. You may not be unattached forever ? so take advantage of
the single lifestyle while you can. Seize the day.
I have been single for the best part of the last ten years, almost all
my adult life. Yes, I have dated and had relationships in that time,
but I have been single the majority of it, and I remain so as I write. I
love men ? there is nothing so heady and fabulous as being in lust
or even love ? but I have found it a challenge to encounter worthy
ones. I admit, I am fussy, but then again I am fastidious about my
handbags, and I would like a male to last longer on my arm than they
do. When it comes to boyfriends, you are allowed to be careful.
Being without one is really not the survival test it is made out to be;
I could not tell you the last time a friend made me cry, but I could
certainly pinpoint when a man did. Moreover, I have witnessed the
destructiveness of divorce: choosing to be with someone, maybe
making a life with them, is a decision that has to be got right. And
if no knight-in-almost-shining-armour comes (no relationship is
perfect, but it is important to have a half-decent starting point), I
will be OK.
A simple truth. There is, funnily enough, a direct link between the
person you breed with and whether the associated offspring turn out
to be happy, well-adjusted souls or not. The detractors of women
leaving it later to have babies neglect to admit that, half the time,
these SGs just did not meet someone who they were confi dent would
be a good father to their offspring. They should be praised for saving
society, not screwing it up. And for propping up the shoe industry
with their disposable income.
I have not always been of this disposition: the stresses and strains
of modern life once overwhelmed this SG. But when everything
went wrong I avoided Prozac-popping by, in small steps, managing
the parts ? and people ? of my life that I could, and in time I found
myself not just running but sprinting through existence again. This
journey has been one hell of a ride and in my decade of research for
this book, I have had the most extraordinary experiences and...