Archive for August, 2009

The Dating Optimist is Up!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

So I’ve been wanting to start a blog where I can put down my thoughts on life and love and dating, and it’s finally up! Whether you’re single and dating, seeing someone, or even already happily married, I hope my perspective can be a help when you need a little push toward positivity. Just head here…

…to whenever you could use a pick me up. (I mean, if I were you, I’d check it out every day, but I guess bloggers can’t be beggers.)

The official guide to using dating optimism to find your other half comes out in six months. That’s when MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism To Find Your Perfect Match will be published (Running Press, February 2010). But I’m just too eager…I wanted to start getting your groundwork going now so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll be ready for the process!

Please stop by the site and see what’s up. And if you have any questions or comments, comment there of course, or write to me at: info at amy-spencer dot com or just click the “Contact” button my site here.



Listen to me on the NPR Podcast

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Last week, I popped into the L.A. studios of NPR for the first time to record a podcast with one of their producers. Rob Sachs does a funny weekly show that goes up on Thursdays called What Would Rob Do? in which he offers some solutions to life’s sticky situations.

He asked me to participate in the show called, essentially, What do you do when you run into your ex?

I had a great time chatting with him, and did my best to quell his fears and (he liked hearing that when we women run into our exes, the exes can rest assured that we are freaking out with awkwardness too).

I worried that I was a wee bit too peppy and laughed a little loud for such a serious station, but what can I say? I’m a happy gal. Plus the host, Rob, was funny.

But go ahead and give a listen to the show that went up on Thursday August 13th, which you can download by clicking here: What Would Rob Do?

I think that link will be good until August 26th. After that, I think you can type this ugly-looking url into a “podcasting tool” and it should take you to the show:

Hope you enjoy. I did!

DO Sweat the Love Stuff

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

For the guys out there (and the women who are good at mentally changing the pronouns to suit themselves as well), I’ve got another story up on This time, it’s all about How to Work out Your Love Life basically, all the reasons that working up a sweat can actually help you meet dates, build relationships and keep them going.

My favorite part?

An exercise routine is more than a hobby — it says a lot about a person’s personality. Think about it: A gym buff is probably into creating goals and is committed to achieving them. Surfers are likely to be more laid-back and like to float on a few zen moments. People who like to hike and mountain climb generally seek out adventure. You get the idea: You are what you sweat.

Check out the rest here at