Turned out, dating as a divorced 35-year-old was a great way to pass the time until I felt ready for a relationship again.

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The best part about being divorced after a short marriage is being single again at 35. When my marriage ended after just two years, the idea of navigating the dating world all over again seemed daunting, unappealing, and pointless.

Plus, the last time I'd been seriously single, it was 2006; texting was barely a given, much less Tinder.

But, I figured, if Robin Wright can snag a hot younger boyfriend after 15 years of marriage and a very public divorce, I could at least give dating a shot.

To my pleasant surprise, my 30-something confidence combined with the dawn of casual online dating culture made for one damn fun year and a half.

Those experiences gave me an inkling that relationships were hard work, but not like this relationship does.

I think that knowing I'm in it for the long haul makes me work harder at resolving our differences and making sure we're both happy.

That's an amazing driving force, but, well, it's not always fun times.

Nine months was my limit; nine months of dating and then a guy gave me my walking papers.

But tomorrow will be one year since my boyfriend and I met each other at a birthday party and sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will have been dating for one year.