Dates and Lessons Learned

22 Oct

Date 1:  September 9, 2011    

Dinner at Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA
11213-A Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

Lesson Learned:  Trust that, without control, things will work out.  Be able to go with the flow.


Date 2:  September 10, 2011    

1757 Golf Club
45120 Waxpool Road, Dulles, VA

Lesson Learned:  By having courage, you become free to be yourself. 


Date 3:  September 11, 2011    

Starbucks, Reston Town Center
11951 Freedom Drive, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  Don’t underestimate yourself.  Value yourself.  Get your love and acceptance from you and no one else! 


Date 4:  September 12, 2011    

Walk around the White House
Washington, DC  

Lesson Learned:  Expand your net!  Take advantage of a wide geographic area to participate in as many activities as possible.  This helps you meet people who help you meet people! 


Date 5:  September 13, 2011    

Primo Italiano
11688 Plaza America Drive, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  Stay in the present!  Don’t dwell on the past or jump into the future – especially when WITH someone.  LISTEN.  Be ACTIVELY PRESENT!


Date 6:  September 14, 2011    

Perils of the Lost Jungle (Mini Golf @ Woody’s Driving Range)
Woody’s Golf Range, 11801 Leesburg Pike, Herndon, VA

208 Elden Street, Herndon, VA

Lesson Learned:  Expand your network!  By doing so, you meet more people!  More prospects! Let your friends know that you are at least looking to be hooked up!


Date 7:  September 15, 2011    

Blues Dancing, Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD

Lesson Learned:  Express yourself, but let your partner express themselves as well.  Allow each other to shine! 


Date 8:  September 16, 2011    

Private night tour, Pentagon

Dinner at City Club of Washington

After dinner drinks at Shelly’s Back Room
1331 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  It’s okay to BE SEXY!


Date 9:  September 17, 2011    

Dinner at Busboys & Poets
1025 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Ask the right questions!  Make sure you are really phrasing your questions to get the answers you want!! 


Date 10:  September 18, 2011    

Picnic and watching the planes land at Gravelly Point
Arlington, VA

Lesson Learned:  Take time to get to know your friends – really know them!  Make your relationships deeper & more meaningful! 

Date 11:  September 19, 2011    

Lecture on Strategy & Arms Control, GWU, Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Washington, DC

Drinks at Elephant and Castle
900 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Time is your friend, not your enemy!  If you put a time pressure on your decisions – you will make the WRONG decision!


Date 12:  September 20, 2011    

Dinner at La Madeleine
1833 Fountain Drive, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  If things aren’t going according to plan, don’t think of it as a negative thing – instead, think of it as a gift – and you’ll be surprised what will result!


Date 13:  September 21, 2011    


Salsa Dancing @ The Salsa Room
2619 Columbia Pike, Arlington, VA

Lesson Learned:  Listen without interrupting.  Discuss without arguing.  Support without problem solving.  Don’t look at things only from your perspective.


Date 14:  September 22, 2011    

Taping of JellyVision  @ The Soundry
316 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA

Lesson Learned:  Have fun!  Don’t be so serious!  Laugh!  Enjoy the moment!!


Date 15:  September 23, 2011    

Dinner at Paolo’s Ristorante
11891 Market Street, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  To win, you have to gamble.  You have to up the ante.  Don’t sit at  home.  It may be easier, but you increase your chances of winning by getting out and about!

Date 16:  September 24, 2011    

Yoga at Tranquil Space
1632 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Disco Brunch
Level One Restaurant
1639 R Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Don’t look good to be happy.  Look good because you FEEL happy.  Be the best version of yourself that you can be!


Date 17:  September 25, 2011    

Salsa at M&S Grill, Reston, VA  (Cancelled)
11901 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA

Drinks at Paolo’s Ristorante
11891 Market Street, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  Be authentic!  Get past your pre-conditioned mind and attempt to make deep, meaningful, connections with everyone you meet!


Date 18:  September 26, 2011    

Dinner at Madigan’s
201 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

Walk around the harbor

Lesson Learned:  There is a difference between internal goals and external goals.  Your external goals are meant to help you reach your internal goals.  When thinking about what you want in life, keep rooting down till you reach the internal goal!


Date 19:  September 27, 2011    

Ukulele Lesson @ The Soundry
316 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA

Lesson Learned:  Think with what you don’t know!  Not what you do know!  Expand your options!  Don’t limit them!


Date 20:  September 28, 2011    

Dinner at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Tysons
8010 Towers Crescent Drive, #100, Vienna, VA

Lesson Learned:  Don’t ask for too much too soon.  Be sure to fill your funnel!!  Don’t relationship hop!  You wouldn’t wait on one big sale before finding other possible sources of commission.  Don’t focus all of your energy on one person until you know the sale is made!


Date 21:  September 29, 2011    

Trapeze School of New York, Washington, DC
4th Street, SE, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Don’t let fear rule!  Trust that, if you take a leap, a safety net of some kind will be there to catch you.  Surround yourself with supportive people.


Date 22:  September 30, 2011    

National Museum of Crime & Punishment
575 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Dinner at Jaleo
480 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Stop thinking “If Only!”  Stop carrying around guilt for things that  were truly outside of your control.   Don’t punish yourself!  Look at things not as pain but, rather, as valuable lessons!


Date 23:  October 1, 2011    

Pick Up a Stand Up – Speed Dating
316 Dominion Road NE, Vienna, VA

Lesson Learned:  Don’t put expectations on a date.  Expand your idea of what a “date” is!  A date is what you make it!


Date 24:  October 2, 2011    

Brush N Blush
3210 Grace Street, Washington, DC

Dinner at Filomena Ristorante
1062 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Focus on your own style.  Don’t copy anyone else’s.  Know yourself.  You are your own “product.”  Learn all about it!  Your flaws are really flourishes!


Date 25:  October 3, 2011    

Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Godiva Chocolatier
3242  M Street, NW, Washington, DC

Georgetown Cupcake
3301 M Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Build a strong foundation of friendship first, with anyone you meet!  Learn the communication styles of those you interact with and communicate accordingly, instead of communicating in your own style.


Date 26:  October 4, 2011    

Bowl America Falls Church
140 South Maple Street, Falls Church, VA

Lesson Learned:  Don’t blame timing, that’s the easy way out!  Take responsibility for why things didn’t/aren’t working out!


Date 27:  October 5, 2011    

Dinner at Kalypso’s Sports Tavern
1617 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA

Lesson Learned:  Regardless of if you think it’s okay for a girl to ask a guy out, it’s important that you express interest!  Let people know that you are interested in them!


Date 28:  October 6, 2011    

Microbrew Tasting at City Tavern Club
3206 M Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Focus on the right elements for your relationship.  When you meet someone, ask internal questions to get answers you need to make an educated decision.


Date 29:  October 7, 2011    

Drinks at Poste Brasseire
555 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Stella Artois Draught Masters U.S. Championship
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  If you want love, you need to prospect!  Be committed!  Get out there.  Make it a priority to meet people!  MEET PEOPLE!


Date 30:  October 8, 2011    

Extra Perks Coffee Shop
822 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA

Bike ride on Mount Vernon Trail

Daingerfield Island

Lesson Learned:  When things get rough, pick yourself up and keep moving!


Date 31:  October 9, 2011    

Boxing at Results Gym
 1101 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Breakfast at Kramerbooks & Afterwards Cafe
1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Walk around the fountain at Dupont Circle

Lesson Learned:  While we are smart to not rush into anything, we should not be so quick to discount someone or something.  Make an educated decision, not a rash one.


Date 32:  October 10, 2011    

“Bright New Boise” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre – Pay What You Can Night
641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Don’t over-analyze.  Don’t be so quick to make assumptions.  Sometimes, you can’t plan, you can’t think – you just have to let things happen!


Date 33:  October 11, 2011    

1940 11th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Ladytron at the 9:30 Club
815 V Street NW, Washington, DC

Lesson Learned:  Instant Gratification stifles your growth and definitely marks the end of  dating!  Give things time to grow on you!


Date 34:  October 12, 2011    

Photography Session at Union 206 Studio
206 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA

Drinks at Virtue Feed & Grain
106 South Union Street, Alexandria, VA

Walk around the harbor

Lesson Learned:  Do NOT multiple your insecurities!  Self-esteem is the one cornerstone of being able to have successful relationships of any kind!


Date 35:  October 13, 2011    

Jewelry Making at Jeweler’s Warehouse USA
8631 16th Street, Silver Spring, MD

Dinner at Azteca Cantina
9505 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD

Lesson Learned:  Don’t let your life happen TO you.  Make your life happen FOR you!  Be unique!  That’s the only way you’ll stand out from the competition!


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