At thirty-eight, my friend Carol is finally making time to plan her wedding. She’s been engaged for six months, but she’s a busy lady—active at work and volunteering in a few different places around town. She’ll be a September bride; the most beautiful and desired month at the beach, according to the locals.
Carol and I know each other from the first gym I joined when my husband and I relocated to the area. We became easy friends in kickboxing class. The woman is simply vibrant. A mother of two teenagers, Carol spent the last twelve years of her life allowing God to mold her into the woman she always wanted to be.
She’d tell you without blinking an eye that being a single mom is the most beautiful, terrifying job she’s ever had. She also smirks at the admission that she wouldn’t “wish it on her worst enemy.” I’ve lost count of the conversations we’ve shared over cups of coffee throughout the years, though her lessons will linger with me forever.
As a married woman, I’m in awe of Carol’s stamina and perseverance, braving parenting challenges and the dating world—all in one fell swoop. In honor of giving voice to women all over the world like Carol, here’s what she says about, Dating Habits I Changed in My 30’s:
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