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40 Days of Dating: 2 Friends + 40 Days + 1 Crazy Experiment

40 Days of Dating: 2 Friends + 40 Days + 1 Crazy ExperimentMy husband and I have been married for five years and together for 11…and I’m only 28. We started dating senior year of high school which some people might think sounds crazy, but you know what I think is crazy? The idea of being the age I am now and still having to “get out there” and date. I realize that 28 isn’t old at all and I’m not implying that singles this age have reached “spinster status” or anything. What I am saying is that after college, it gets infinitely harder to meet people and all of my single friends are constantly bemoaning the lack of options (believe me, I’ve perused those match.com profiles with them) and their frustration over all the first date awkwardness, games, and weird “rules.” It just sounds exhausting to me.

This exhausting place is where friends Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman found themselves when they decided to start their 40 Days of Dating experiment that I’m totally riveted by right now:

40 Days of Dating: 2 Friends + 40 Days + 1 Crazy Experiment

Here’s the rundown: Jessica is a bit of a relationship junkie who jumps into relationships quickly and would much rather be in love/in a committed relationship than “just dating.” Timothy is a serial dater who is totally petrified by commitment. The two friends decided that since they were opposites in their relationship approaches that perhaps they could change their habits together. Here’s the justification for the experiment:

“It’s been said that it takes 40 days to change a bad habit. In an attempt to explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies, Tim and Jessica will go through the motions of a relationship for the next 40 days: the commitment, time, companionship, joys and frustrations. Can they help each other, or will they fall into their same habits? Will they damage their friendship? What if they fall in love?”

The rules of the experiment are these: 1) Tim and Jessica will see each other every day for 40 days. 2) They will go on at least three dates a week. 3) They will see a couples therapist once a week. 4) They will go on one weekend trip together. 5) They will fill out a daily questionnaire and document their experience. 6) They won’t see/date/hook up with/have sex with anyone else.

I spent a good chunk of time last night reading through the site and I’m totally hooked. You’ve got drama, suspense, romance…so good! I can’t help but secretly root for them to get together. This is like reality TV, but so much better. Thus far there are 18 days of the journey documented on the site and new posts have been/will be added daily from July 10, 2013 – August 18, 2013 and I am absolutely following along for the ride.

Check it out and see what happens to Jessica and Tim next!

{Photos via 40 Days of Dating}

 

Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on TwitterFacebookPinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble or at Disney BabyMore from Lauren:

 

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