The Single Woman's Guide to Surviving Cuffing Season12/13/2014
by Michelle Y. Talbert and Maya T. Prabhu The weather is getting colder. The holidays are approaching. In general, this is the time of ye...
by Michelle Y. Talbert and Maya T. Prabhu
The weather is getting colder. The holidays are approaching. In general, this is the time of year when people want to feel close to others—and this is especially true for romance. For some, this time of seemingly endless family and social gatherings is known simply as the winter holidays, but for the the rest of us, Cuffing Season has arrived. *Cue shrieks and horror movie music!*
This can be quite unbearable if you’re single, and intent on being single. When you visit with family members, they question why you haven't "found someone" or "settled down" yet. And our social media feeds are filled with photos of people boo'd up. While you're as happy for those who have found companionship as you are being on your own, the assumptions about your "singledom" can get real old, real quick.
Sisters, Maya and Michelle, born 12 years apart, are happily living their respective 30s and 40s single. Having experience arming themselves for the battle that is being a single woman during the winter months, they’ve compiled the following list to help you continue to remain blissfully single as you romp through the cold weather.
Avoid watching romantic comedies.
Limit your time on social media.
Stay active, stay busy.
Have a “friend” on standby.
Stock up on batteries.
Go somewhere tropical.
Hang with your like-minded single girls.
Be prepared with come backs.
As a happy and deliberately single sister, how do you shield yourself from the barbs that fly during cuffing season?
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Michelle Y. Talbert is a recovering corporate attorney turned relationship strategist and social media content producer. She’s NYC born and bred, but you can find her living and loving in Washington, DC. She produces and co-hosts the popular podcast, “They Met Online…” with her ex, who she met online (it’s not complicated at all!) Connect with Michelle on Twitter @MichelleTalbert and on LinkedIn.
Maya T. Prabhu is a Myrtle Beach, SC-based journalist, Spelman woman, Zumba instructor and sometimes bartender who was born in New York and calls the DC area home. You can find her on Twitter @TSN_MPrabhu.