Lifestyle

How I caught my Lion with the help of online dating

Daily journalist Kristy Muir with boyfriend Lion Goldsworthy who she met online.
Daily journalist Kristy Muir with boyfriend Lion Goldsworthy who she met online. Contributed

LESS than a week after meeting me online - Lion Goldsworthy Googled my name to check I wasn't a crazy.

And up popped my seven-week Looking for Love series, which I wrote for the Daily last year.

Most men would have heard alarm bells ringing, and start running for the hills.

But as I quickly found out, he is not most guys.

And I am most certainly not like most girls, which is why we work.

We have been together for seven months and to say things have progressed well is the understatement of the year.

We have moved in together, "met the in-laws", bought a Wii together and have made our commitment to each other in the form of beautiful rings.

I never would have guessed ticking a few boxes and filling in your likes and dislikes on an online dating site could provide you with true love.

But it turns out the ads you see on TV, that say you can meet your Prince Charming with just a few clicks of your mouse, are actually real.

Of course, I had tried online dating several times in the past five years, with more horrifying experiences, creepy and sleazy guys and no second dates than one girl could handle.

But it only takes one person to change all that.

I encourage anyone who is looking for love, whether you have never tried online dating before or have in the past and it didn't turn out well - to give it a shot.

If you are not keen on the nightclub scene, losing hope in meeting someone in a serendipitous way and sick of being set up on blind dates by your pitying married friends - online dating may be your answer.

There are lots of online sites out there, a lot I have never tried, but the three I used were POF, eHarmony, RSVP.

Lion and I met on POF and all it took was a message from him saying "Hi, you look like a nice person, and we seem to have a lot in common. I would like the chance to make a new friend and if something more eventuates that is great - if not - you can never have enough friends".

Although the modern-day love story is less unexpected than a fairytale filled with pumpkin carriage rides and glass slippers - it is real and true - and it lasts.

 

Do's and don'ts of online dating

  • Don't lie
  • Do message people first and be specific with what you want
  • Don't be scared to move the conversation along from online to your mobile phone
  • Meet in a public place
  • Don't fall for corny pick-up lines
  • Do try different sites simultaneously
  • Don't disclose personal information
  • Use an appropriate photo
  • Don't behave like a kid in a candy store full of online temptations

 

>> To read more lifestyle stories

Topics:  dating kristy muir lifestyle love online dating relationships



Skin clinic swims for charity

Toby Campbell, Natalie Le Breton, Dr Mark Groves and Tanya Priest from the Yamba Skin Clinic who organised the swim to raise money for Lower Clarence Relay for Life.

Swimming fundraiser a success for Yamba Skin Clinic

WIN a fishing trip, $5000 BCF voucher and get free stuff

Want to catch one of these big fellas!? Get your name into our competition to win the ultimate fishing holiday!

WERE running a stack of reely incredible giveaways!

Strange Politics: Follow Pauline on high and low roads

No need to choose - Pauline takes the high and low roads.

Enter Pauline Hanson - the political phoenix

Local Partners

Lifeguards commended after rescuing eight at Pippi

Lifeguards Harry Fahey and Mikey Gilliman talk about their 'textbook rescue' of eight swimmers while on patrol at Pippi Beach


5 things to do this weekend

Lower Clarence Relay for Life Swim

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Artist program to link to gallery theme

VALUABLE STINT: Indigenous artist Karla Dickens at work in Grafton Regional Gallery's studio during her 2010 artist's residency.

Gallery encouraging indigenous artists to take up residency offer

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Pat Rafter's $18m Coast home proves hot property

PAT'S PAD: The Sunshine Beach home of tennis ace Pat rafter is on the market for a record price.

"It's a record for our company and for the Sunshine Coast.''

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!