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

OPINION: Memories of Dreamworld as the safe place

Queensland Emergency service personnel are seen at amusement theme park Dreamworld on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. It has been confirmed that the four adult victims who became trapped on a conveyor belt at the theme park after a raft they were in flipped on the Thunder River Rapids ride on Tuesday afternoon, have since died. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING

Dreamworld was always the safe place to have big fun

Four adults killed in Dreamworld ride disaster

The Thunder Rapids ride at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast

Riders trapped after conveyor belt malfunction, police confirm

VIDEO: Lucky Meteor strikes back at Grafton

RECORD RUN: Lucky Meteor sprints clear to win the Bloomer Transport and Warehousing Jacca Prelude at the Clarence River Jockey Club yesterday.

John Shelton trained sprinter blitzes Grafton track in record time

Local Partners

WATCH: Junior Queen gets silver screen royal treatment

NEW documentary explores the festival's 20-year-old quest as former candidates share their stories and experiences.

Tea party with the 'Queen'

TRADITION: 1955 Jacaranda Queen Stella Wilson sits with reigning 2015 Jacaranda Queen Charlotte White at last year's Jacaranda Afternoon Tea.

Meet the royal patyu in style

Making steps for 'Blacky' in Walk 4 Brain Cancer

Grafton locals are doing a Walk 4 Brain Cancer in Sydney for Robert Black.

Team Blacky aims to better $5000 to battle brain cancer.

Sound of Music star to compere An Afternoon at the Proms

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment shows, from left, Chairmian Carr, as Liesl, Nicholas Hammond, as Friedrich, Heather Menzies, as Louisa, Duane Chase, as Kurt, Angela Cartwright, as Brigitta, Debbie Turner, as Marta, Kym Karath, as Gretl, and Christopher Plummer, as Captain Von Trapp, in a scene from the film, \"The Sound of Music.\" The 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical \"The Sound of Music\" is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2015. To honor the milestone, 20th Century Fox is releasing a five-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD collector's edition, the soundtrack is being re-released, the film will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood later this month and to over 500 movie theaters in April. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Saraton's rich history of stage and screen honoured in musical tribu

How Kristie blind-sided everyone to win Australian Survivor

Kristie Bennett wins Australian Survivor.

FAN favourite says she was underestimated by her competitors.

Steve Irwin's final days through dad's eyes

Bob Irwin with his son Steve.

'You never expect that’s the last time you’re going to see your son'

Kristie doesn't mind being the third wheel in Survivor final

Kristie Bennett in a scene from Australian Survivor.

SOLO player will take on Survivor's power couple Lee and El tonight.

Scary hoping Posh and Sporty will re-join The Spice Girls

Mel B

Mel B hoping Victoria Beckham, Mel C will re-join The Spice Girls

REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.

BRITISH comedian is in the country on his Happy and Glorious Tour.

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.