About the Blog
Started in 2013 by Hattie C. Cooper, The Anxious Girl’s Guide to Dating began as a place to share dating stories and advice to a community of equally anxious people. Since then, it has gone on to reach thousands of readers.
In July 2015, The Anxious Girl’s Guide to Dating book was published, compiling highlights from the blog with brand-new tips on surviving the dating world while also living with anxiety.
Living with anxiety is difficult enough, but dating with anxiety sometimes feels impossible. Few things made Hattie more aware of her anxiety than trying to go on dates. It took her years of baby steps to enter the world of dating. And while the anecdotes and advice are from her own perspective, that in no way is meant to limit the audience. All genders, ages, sexual orientations, and perspectives are welcome. Nothing said here should ever replace professional medical advice.
The blog is here to share insights in an effort to do what all writing tries to do: to remind us we are all alone together.
I’m a naturally anxious person. Technically, I have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. And while I’ve grown to manage my anxiety in everyday life, when I first tried entering the dating world I was absolutely miserable. My nerves, fears, and insecurities dominated my thoughts and actions as I tried to fill out even the simplest online dating form “What do you do for fun!?” Uh, not this?
Working on this blog has helped put the dating world into focus for me. It has been moonlight through an open window.
I have been humbled and honored to connect with you, my readers, over these past few years. The emails and questions I’ve received from you guys has made me feel heard, understood, and trusted. Thank you for your kindness, humility, courage, and hilarious wit. I hope you know that your time means everything to me.
Fun facts about me:
– I’m obsessed with peppermint tea
– I will smile at every dog I pass on the street
– I once took a 48 hr trip from Washington state to Florida, just to meet Jim Lovell
– I hold a Master’s degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Psychology
– I love to travel in spite of the way it increases my anxiety
– I believe in Sasquatch (or, I want to believe)
Feel free to contact me at hattie.c.cooper[at]gmail.com
You can also visit my “official” author page, which isn’t actually that official it’s just separate.