I matched with Elliott on Bumble, and he was so insanely good-looking in all of his photos that I wasn’t even sure if he was in my league.
On top of being just pretty, he was everything I could have asked for on paper: he had an established career, was intelligent, well-educated, and seemingly mature with a good sense of humour.
“This guy is the total package,” I told a friend of mine on the phone.
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“Are you nervous?” she asked me.
“Uh, yeah,” I said.
“Don’t worry. You’ll do great!”
I nodded to myself, told her, “Thanks,” and hung up.
Despite her pep talk, I proceeded to have the most terrible first date I’d ever experienced.
I could feel the date lurching away from me as soon as it began, but I was helpless to stop it. I, a relationship coach, committed nearly every first date mistake I could have.
1. Being late
I never intended on being late. I’d actually arrived at the restaurant right on time, but before heading in, I pulled down my mirror to check my make-up, only to see that my mascara had run. Frantic, I fished in my purse for a compact and mascara.