Ask a Matchmaker

By Maria Avgitidis

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Ask a Matchmaker is your weekly go-to podcast for all things love and relationships. Hosted by fourth generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonsense insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying!

Episode Date
#109 - How to Not Die Alone with Logan Ury
54:39

 This week, Maria talks with Logan Ury! The two talk about everything from her recent wedding, how time is different in online dating apps, the science behind online dating and even circumcision. (Seriously!) Plus the two talk about how to really have deep, compelling conversations early on in dating.Logan Ury is a behavioral scientist turned dating coach and the author of the bestselling dating book How to Not Die Alone. She works as Hinge’s Director of Relationship Science, conducting research into modern dating. She studied psychology at Harvard and ran Google’s behavioral science team, the Irrational Lab. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband Scott. Sign up for Logan's weekly newsletter and learn about her online courses at  https://www.loganury.com/ Pick up Logan's book, How to Not Die Alone, here.Follow Logan on Instagram at  https://www.instagram.com/loganury/  Want to join the community? Sign up for an Agape Intensive at http://agapeintensive.comJoin Maria and the crew in Mexico! Register at http://agapeescapes.com Follow Maria on Instagram to know when the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline will open again for calls! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria To learn more about how Maria and her team can help you, visit http://agapematch.com 

Jul 20, 2022
#108 - Hotline Edition: Maria Goes On a Rant About Women’s Preferences in Height in Men
34:28

We’re answering YOUR questions again this week! If you have a question you’d like to personally ask Maria, be sure to follow her on Insta to know when the hotline will open up next! @MatchmakerMaria 

This week, we talk about…

  • How do I find confidence in my body and myself when going out on a date?
  • Should I move to a new city to find men that meet my criteria?
  • Maria goes on a rant about women’s preference in height in men. (She is 5’11’’. Do what you will with that information.) 

(this episode originally aired on October 06, 2021)

Want to join the community? Sign up for an Agape Intensive at http://agapeintensive.com

Join Maria and the crew in Mexico! Register at http://agapeescapes.com 

Follow Maria on Instagram to know when the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline will open again for calls! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

To learn more about how Maria and her team can help you, visit http://agapematch.com 

Jul 13, 2022
#107 - Maria Chats With Two Agape Intensive Grads about How They Found Their Loves
52:38

 You’ve heard Maria talk about the Agape Intensive program. But what is it like? What happens? This week, Maria speaks with Elena and Amanda, two graduates from the program to tell you their experience being in the program and about how they ended up meeting their person after the program!It’s more than just a way to help you meet your person. It’s a community of people going through the same thing that become friends that support each other.  Also, be sure to check out Elena’s awesome podcast, Blind Date with a Book, which Maria was a guest on!Follow Elena on Instagram and Twitter Follow Amanda on InstagramWant to join the community? Sign up for an Agape Intensive at http://agapeintensive.com Join Maria and the crew in Mexico! Register at http://agapeescapes.com  Follow Maria on Instagram to know when the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline will open again for calls! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria To learn more about how Maria and her team can help you, visit http://agapematch.com 

Jul 06, 2022
#106 - Hotline Edition: Why You Shouldn’t Exchange Phone Numbers on a Dating App Before The First Date
38:37

 It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline. There’s a real theme this week with all of the questions that you can take away: HAVE FUN! It’s summer! Get out there! Go meet people! Enjoy life! Don’t overthink it!

This week we talk about…

  • Why shouldn’t we exchange phone numbers on a dating app before our first date?
  • I currently live overseas and will be moving back to the states next year. What can I do to prepare myself for dating in America again?
  • I had a long term relationship. When do I know when to start dating again? What are the next moves?

New dates posted for Agape Intensive (virtual) for Fall 2022! http://agapeintensive.com 

Prefer to do the Agape Intensive in real life? http://AgapeEscapes.com 

Follow Maria on Instagram to be on a future Hotline episode at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

Visit http://AgapeMatch.com to learn more about Maria's company, Agape Match! 

Jun 29, 2022
#105 - Dating Has Changed… with Millennial Therapist, Tess Bringham
45:58

This week, Maria sits down with therapist Tess Bringham! Dubbed the ‘Millennial Therapist’ by CNBC, Tess Brigham specializes in helping millennials and now, Gen-Zers discover their unique life path. She offers individuals concrete tools and skills on navigating obstacles in their lives when feeling lost. Tess is a vital resource for those who may be feeling stuck, uninspired, or uncertain by where they are in life. She brings her experience within the worlds of psychotherapy and coaching together to work with young adults on relationships, mental health and career development.  Follow Tess on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/tess_brigham/Learn more about Tess at https://tessbrighamcoaching.com/Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermariaFollow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker Maria and the crew are going to Mexico! Join them at http://AgapeEscapes.com To join the next online dating tech support, register at  https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/ To schedule a Dating Strategy Call, go to https://calendly.com/felix-louie Visit http://AgapeMatch.com to learn more about Maria's company, Agape Match! 

Jun 22, 2022
#104 - Hotline Edition: How Do I Start Conversations on Dating Apps?
33:05

 This week, we’re bringing in the heavy hitters to help with your dating questions with Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin. Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker.Things discussed in this week’s episode include…

  • I’m moving and traveling a lot. Should I be using the apps and dating people when I’m traveling and in transition to my new home? How do I handle those situations?
  • I just got out of a year long relationship and started to get into online dating. How do I start the conversations? 
  • I keep getting connected to guys in different cities on the apps. Should I ask them if they travel to where I live?
  • I’m having trouble dating multiple people at once. I get attached to guys who are unemotionally unavailable. Help!
 Maria and the crew are going to Mexico! Join them at http://AgapeEscapes.com

To join the next online dating tech support, register at  https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/

To schedule a Dating Strategy Call, go to https://calendly.com/felix-louie

Visit http://AgapeMatch.com to learn more about Maria's company, Agape Match!

Don't forget to follow Maria at @MatchmakerMaria and Erika at @alittlenudge

Jun 15, 2022
#103 - The Patriarchy Is Hurting Our Relationships with Terry Real
51:34

 This week is a special chat with Terry Real!

Terrence Real is an internationally recognized family therapist, speaker, author, and the founder of the Relational Life Institute (RLI). He wrote THE book on male depression, he’s the marriage counselor Esther Perel turns to, and Bruce Springsteen and Bradley Cooper are among his clients and fans.

His latest book, In US: Getting Past You and Me to Build a More Loving Relationship published by Goop Pressis out now! Oh and the forward was written by The Boss— Bruce Springsteen. 

Terry reveals how individualism and patriarchy poison our most intimate relationships. The excellent news: warmer, closer, more passionate relationships are possible if you have the right tools. 

His expertise on men’s mental health and relationship issues have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, 20/20, The Oprah Winfrey Show and in The New York Times, among many others.

Terry’s LIVE 6 week course begins June 14th: Heal Traumas, Reconnect with Partner andCreate Ideal Relationship for You and Your Clients. Sign up at https://summit.terryreal.com/special/ 

When you buy the “US” book, get the free “Staying in Love online Course” (if purchased in first week of book release!) https://terryreal.com/freecourse/ Get the book at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670272/us-by-terrence-real/

Learn more about Terry at https://terryreal.com/

To join the next Online Dating Tech Support on Monday June 13th at 12PM, visit: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/ 

Maria is going to Tulum, Mexico! Join her at the next Agape Intensive In Real Life by registering at http://agapeescapes.com  

Want to do an Agape Intensive virtual program instead? http://agapeIntensive.com 

To book a private dating strategy call with a member of Maria's team, visit https://calendly.com/felix-louie

Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

Jun 08, 2022
#102 - Hotline Edition: Dating People in Hoboken Is Not Long Distance… or Is It?
27:53

It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline! You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! If you want to be on an upcoming hotline episode, be sure to follow Maria on Instagram to know when we’ll open it up again. http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria Things discussed in this week’s hotline…

  • I can’t tell if he’s playing games. How do I trust my instinct?
  • I’m struggling with connecting with potential dating partners because we have different faith. 
  • I set my Hinge profile location to another city I was traveling to. It went well! What do I do now?
To join the next Online Dating Tech Support on Monday June 13th at 12PM, visit: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/ Maria is going to Tulum, Mexico! Join her at the next Agape Intensive In Real Life by registering at http://agapeescapes.com  Want to do an Agape Intensive virtual program instead? http://agapeIntensive.com To book a private dating strategy call with a member of Maria's team, visit https://calendly.com/felix-louieFollow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

Jun 01, 2022
#101 - A Candid Conversation with Aminatou Sow
14:14

This week, Maria chats with Aminatou Sow!Aminatou Sow is a writer, interviewer, and cultural commentator. She is a frequent public speaker whose talks and interviews lead to candid conversations about ambition, money, and power. Aminatou lives in Brooklyn.She co-hosted the podcast Call Your Girlfriend with her friend, the journalist and editor Ann Friedman. Together, they also wrote the best-selling book, Big Friendship.Follow Aminatou on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/aminatou/ To join the next Online Dating Tech Support on Monday June 13th at 12PM, visit: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/Maria is going to Tulum! Join her at the next Agape Intensive In Real Life by registering at agapeescapes.comWant to do an Agape Intensive virtual program instead? AgapeIntensive.comTo book a private dating strategy call with a member of Maria's team, visit https://calendly.com/felix-louie.Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

May 24, 2022
#100 - Hotline Edition: How Do I Stop Wasting Makeup?
41:00

 This week, Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin, is joining Maria for the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline to answer your questions. If you want to be part of the next tech support, click the link below!Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…”Questions this week include:

  • Since the pandemic, I have been in a wheelchair and on crutches as I learn how to walk again. How do I talk about this on the dating apps?
  • What kind of screening process should I have before agreeing to a date with someone?
  • He loves to text me all day. I am really busy and not comfortable with it. How do I tell him?
  • I’m studying to become a Rabbi. It feels like a grind being on the apps. What should I do?
To join the next Online Dating Tech Support on Monday June 13th at 12PM, visit: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/Maria is going to Tulum! Join her at the next Agape Intensive In Real Life by registering at agapeescapes.com.Want to do an Agape Intensive virtual program instead? AgapeIntensive.comTo book a private dating strategy call with a member of Maria's team, visit https://calendly.com/felix-louie. Follow Erika at @alittlenudgeFollow Maria at @matchmakermaria See you next week!  

May 18, 2022
#99 - The Four Steps to Falling in Love with The Marriage Helper, Kimberly Beam
38:25

Did you know there is actually a process to falling in love and staying in love? It’s called the LovePath, and Kimberly Beam Holmes has been teaching people this proprietary process for the past decade. 

This week, Kimberly reveals the four steps to falling in love and how individuals can use this process for better relationships in every area of their lives, including their marriage!

Kimberly Beam Holmes has applied her master’s degree in psychology for over 10 years, acting as the CEO of Marriage Helper & CEO and Host of her own podcast It Starts with Attraction, being a wife and mother herself, and researching the ways that attraction affects people personally and the relationships that they hold dear. Her videos, podcasts, and following reaches over 200,000 people a month who are making changes and becoming the best that they can be. She is currently working on her PhD in psychology. Kimberly lives in Franklin, Tennessee with her husband, Rob, and two beautiful children from India.

Find Marriage Helper on the web at https://marriagehelper.com 

Follow Marriage Helper on Instagram at  https://www.instagram.com/marriagehelper/

Follow Marriage Helper on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarriageHelper/

Check Marriage Helper on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/MarriageHelper/

 Let's go to Tulum! Agape Intensive IRL registration is open! agapeescapes.com 

Join the next Online Dating Tech Support - Monday 5/16 at 12PM https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/ 

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

May 11, 2022
#98 - Hotline Edition: Let’s go to Tulum!
25:29

 You’ve got questions. Maria has questions! The hotline is open and ready for your questions!Want to chat with Maria on an upcoming episode? Follow her on Insta to find out when the hotline will open next… http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria Things discussed in this episode include…

  • Guys can be flaky on the apps about meeting up. How do I deal with it?
  • I matched with a guy on an app in a different city. We’ve been talking online. Should I go and meet him?
  • I’m 23. I want to date seriously. How do I go about doing that?
 

To register for the upcoming Agape Escapes event in Tulum, visit http://agapeescapes.com/

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

May 04, 2022
#97 - Ten Minutes to a Stronger Relationship with Dr. Terri Orbuch
51:41

This week, Maria is talking with The Love Doctor, Dr. Terri Orbuch.

Dr. Terri Orbuch (PhD) is a distinguished professor at Oakland University, research scientist at University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, author, speaker, therapist, relationship & date coach, and The Love Doctor® in the media. Her practical science-based advice has helped thousands of people find and create the loving relationships they deserve. She is the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for over 3 decades. She is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great" and “FindingLove Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her latest book is called “Secrets to Surviving Your Children’s Love Relationships” and will be published, March 2022. Dr. Orbuch has been featured in such publications as, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine and has appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN. Her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit News and her TEDx talk has over 2.8 million views. Also, her radio program called, “The Love Doctor is IN,” is aired on Fridays at noon ET on Empower Radio. For more information, please go to: DrTerriTheLoveDoctor.com.

Learn about Dr. Terri at DrTerriTheLoveDoctor.com

5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great 

Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship

Dr. Terri’s TED talk: Is It Lust or Is It Love

Secrets to Surviving Your Children's Love Relationships 

Check out Dr. Terri’s radio show, The Love Doctor is IN 

To book a Dating Strategy call with a member of the Agape Match team to discuss your dating goals, click here: https://calendly.com/felix-louie/ie-info-30-minute-call  

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Apr 27, 2022
#96 - Hotline Edition: How to Decide to Go on Another Date with Someone You’re Not Sure About
04:53

 This week, we’re opening up the hotline with some extra support to help with your questions!

Joining Maria this week to help you with your online dating problems is Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin. 

Topics and questions discussed this week include…

  • How do you decide to go on another date with someone that you’re not totally into?
  • What's the line between people not really communicating and me not wasting my time?
  • It can be extremely dating to be extroverted with people that are not friends or family. It feels like I am bringing all the energy to the conversations and dates. 
  • Should I still talk to other people when I’m going on dates with people? 
  • An update on a previous caller who moved to another city! 
  • Being empowered to communicate your communication needs.
  • I keep finding men that just want something casual. How do I express what I’m really looking for?
  • I’m suffering from app fatigue. It’s becoming too much to juggle between different apps. 
  • I found out I can’t have kids. How do I tell the guy that I’m seeing?

Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…”

Find Erika on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ALittleNudge/ 

Our next Online Dating Tech Support is Monday May 9th at 12PM ET. To register, go to https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/

To book a Dating Strategy call with a member of the Agape Match team to discuss your dating goals, click here: https://calendly.com/felix-louie/ie-info-30-minute-call  

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Apr 20, 2022
#95 - Building Body Image Resilience with Dr. Lindsay Kite
31:04

 This week, Maria is getting real about body image and dating with Dr. Lindsay Kite!

Dr. Lindsay Kite is co-author of the book More Than a Body: Your Body Is an Instrument, Not an Ornament (2020, HarperCollins) and co-director of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined, alongside her identical twin sister Lexie Kite. Both received PhDs from the University of Utah in the study of female body image and have become leading experts in body image resilience and media literacy. Lindsay and Lexie help girls and women recognize and reject the harmful effects of objectification in their lives through their social media activism, online course, and regular speaking engagements for people of all ages. Lindsay lives in New York City.Visit Dr. Kite's website at https://www.morethanabody.org/ 

Pick up Dr. Kite's book, More Than a Body, at Amazon or wherever books are sold.

Follow Dr. Kite on Instagram at http://instagram.com/beauty_redefined 

If you’d like to receive a Dating Assessment with Agape Match’s Louie Felix, use the link to book a time/day that is most convenient for you. https://calendly.com/felix-louie/dating-assessment  

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Apr 13, 2022
#94 - Hotline Edition: I Want My FWB to be Something More…
40:11

This week, Maria is here to answer your questions on another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline! If you want to talk to Maria on an upcoming hotline episode, be sure to follow her on Instagram to know when the hotline will be open again. http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

On this week’s episode, Maria digs into…

  • Can you go from being a friend with benefits with someone to dating them?
  • My next date with him is at his house to watch sports and I’m not a sports fan. What should I do?
  • How do you talk to a potential dating partner about their values?
  • How am I supposed to take it when people take days to respond to messages on dating apps?
  • The way he’s been communicating has changed. I’m so confused.
  • I’m a single mom. What’s the balance between keeping dates fun and sharing about my life?

If you’d like to receive a Dating Assessment with Agape Match’s Louie Felix, use the link to book a time/day that is most convenient for you. https://calendly.com/felix-louie/dating-assessment  

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Apr 06, 2022
#93 - Everything You've Wanted to Know about Fertility with Leyla Bilali and Liza Lipov
39:10

 This week, Maria is talking all about fertility with experts Leyla Bilali and Elizabeth Lipov! She asks many of the questions you might have had about the process, no matter where you are in your dating life. 

Leyla founded her fertility consulting & nursing services business, Fertility Together, to bridge the gap between clinic & patient, between fertility treatment & personalized care. She believes that a nurturing, knowledgeable partner can make all the difference in each individual's unique path to fertility - whether they’re just curious about where they stand & what their options are,  freezing their eggs or going all the way with IVF. Leyla provides personalization, continuity of care, proper education & endless encouragement. 

Elizabeth Lipov has worked as a healthcare tech status that services fertility patients across the country. She worked at a large fertility clinic in NYC for over four years as an IVF (in-vitro fertilization)  coordinator. She worked with couples, single women and oncology patients who were preserving their fertility prior to treatment start. 

Follow Leyla on Instagram http://instagram.com/fertilitytogether

Learn more about Leyla at http://fertilitytogether.com 

Follow Liza on Instagram at http://instagram.com/lizlip23 and http://instagram.com/thefoodiepiece

To learn when Maria will open up the next Ask a Matchmaker Hotline, follow her at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Mar 30, 2022
#92 - Hotline Edition: How to Communicate with a Partner with Louie Felix
59:42

 This week on the hotline, you’re getting not one, but TWO matchmakers to answer your questions!

Joining Maria on this week’s episode is her work husband, the Chief Operating Officer and Matchmaker at Agape Match, Louie Felix! 

Louie Felix is matchmaking industry leader. His corporate startup and acquisition background brought him to the forefront of the relationship industry when he was contracted for the acquisition for a high end Beverly Hills-based matchmaking company. From there, he went on to serve as the CEO of two of the country’s largest matchmaking companies, as well as simultaneously acquiring and running the largest dating company in California. With these ventures, Louie has been responsible for the successful matchmaking efforts of more than 50,000 clients worldwide. 

Sign up for a Dating Assessment with Louis at https://calendly.com/felix-louie/dating-assessment 

Find Louie on Instagramhttp://instagram.com/louiefelix

To be on an upcoming episode to ask a question, make sure to follow Maria on insta to know when the hotline will be open next! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

 

Mar 23, 2022
#91 - Decoding Your Text Messages with Dr. Mimi Winsberg
38:47

 When it comes to modern relationships, our thumbs do the talking. We swipe right into a stranger’s life, flirt inside text bubbles, spill our hearts onto the screen, and use emojis to convey desire, frustration, and rage. Where once we pored over love letters, now we obsess over response times, or wonder why the three-dot ellipsis came. . . and went.

Nobody knows this better than our guest this week, Dr. Mimi Winsberg. A Harvard- and Stanford-trained psychiatrist who cofounded a behavioral health startup while serving as resident psychiatrist at Facebook HQ, her work frequently finds her at the intersection of Big Data and Big Dating. Like all of us, Winsberg has been handed many a smartphone accompanied by the urgent plea: “What does this mean?” Unlike all of us, she knows the answer. She is a text whisperer.

Pick up her new book, Speaking in Thumbs, at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09J7M5X2P/

Learn more about Dr. WInsberg at https://www.drwinsberg.com/ 

 To learn when Maria will open up the next Ask a Matchmaker Hotline, follow her at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Mar 16, 2022
#90 - Hotline Edition: I Just Moved to a New City. How Do I Meet New People?
27:46

 You’ve got questions? Maria has the answers!

Every week, we open up the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline where YOU call in with any questions you have for Maria… dating, love, life, style…she’s here to help with it all.

To be on an upcoming episode to ask a question, make sure to follow Maria on insta to know when the hotline will be open next! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

 

Mar 09, 2022
#89 - Everything She Knows About Love She Learned on the Wedding Pages with Cate Doty
52:42

 This week, Maria is talking to author Cate Doty!

Cate Doty is the author of “Mergers and Acquisitions: Or, Everything I Know About Love I Learned on the Wedding Pages.” She is a writer and former editor at The New York Times, where she covered the news of food, weddings, business, New York, and more. Her work has appeared in the Times, Southern Living, Our State, and other publications.

Buy Cate's new book at  https://amzn.to/3MbPq5j

Follow Cate on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/catedoty

To learn when Maria will open up the next Ask a Matchmaker Hotline, follow her at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

Follow Agape Match on Instagram at http://instagram.com/agapematch

Follow the podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/askamatchmaker 

Mar 02, 2022
BONUS: Maria Talks to Her Tech Team Who Escaped from Ukraine
44:33

Hey-- Maria here. I have but a few platforms, and I'm going to utilize them when it comes to getting unheard stories out, even if it's not "dating and relationship" oriented. I run a dating company and the people in this episode help me spread love. Now I want to spread awareness to the humanitarian crisis unfolding. 

In this episode, you'll hear an unedited version of events that our tech team experienced and continues to experience in the current conflict in Ukraine, including Arthur's first hand account of crossing the border and Tim's communication with the rest of the team in Central Ukraine. Since recording, the team in Central Ukraine has found themselves in more danger and are now hiding underground. 

Some resources I have found helpful:

Why is this happening? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-daily/id1200361736?i=1000551987275

How you can help: https://www.lphr.org/en/ukraine-hilfe/

Donate here for emergency humanitarian aid: https://www.lphr.org/en/humanitaere-soforthilfe-fuer-die-ukraine/

Follow Maria on Instagram to get updates from the team: http://instagram.com/matchmkermaria 

Feb 28, 2022
#88 - Hotline Edition: Online Dating Tech Support with Erika Ettin
33:22

This week, we’re opening up the hotline again BUT we’ve brought in extra support to help! Joining Maria this week to help you with your online dating problems is Agape Match’s Online Dating Manager, Erika Ettin. 

Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…”

Our next Online Dating Tech Support is on March 10th at 9PM ET. To register and receive a link to join visit: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z1s18kn10qpwm8f/ 

Find Erika on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ALittleNudge/ 

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Feb 23, 2022
#87 - UK Dating vs. US Dating with Paul Brunson
1:02:34

This week, Maria sits down with an old friend, Paul Carrick Brunson. The two talk about everything from raising a family in the UK, how socializing norms really vary across parts of the world, Paul’s tips to help you create goals that stick and Maria shares her favorite question to ask on a first date. Spoiler: After Maria answered it, her now husband George said that’s when he knew he wanted to marry her.

Paul is a serial entrepreneur, television host and columnist whose specialty lies in teaching others. He’s an internationally recognized expert in interpersonal relationships, personal development and entrepreneurship. He’s a featured business columist for USA Today. He’s the co-host of Celebs Go Dating and Married at First Sight on Channel 4 in the UK. He’s also the host of the Better with Paul Live podcast. The heart of his work is centered on impacting lives through mentorship and developing a new generation of servant leaders with the desire to change the world. Paul is the founder and chair of Give Love Build Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming schools in rural areas of the Caribbean.

Follow Paul on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/paulcbrunson/

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Feb 16, 2022
#86 - Hotline Edition: How Do I Meet New People in a Small Town?
22:39

You’ve got questions? Maria has the answers!

Every week, we open up the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline where YOU call in with any questions you have for Maria… dating, love, life, style…she’s here to help with it all.

To be on an upcoming episode to ask a question, make sure to follow Maria on insta to know when the hotline will be open next! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

This week…

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Feb 09, 2022
#85 - Everything You Want to Know about Couples Therapy with Talia Litman
42:15

It’s not easy to raise your hand and say you might need help and want to talk to someone.

Especially when you’re in a relationship and you know you and your partner need help.

This week, Maria is here to help break the stigma around couples therapy. A couples therapist is a great facilitator for the relationship you want and a great mechanism to have those hard conversations with someone.

How do you communicate with your partner that you think you two should talk to someone? How do you find someone to talk to?

Talia Litman is a New York-based psychotherapist and writer specializing in couples and sex therapy. From an early age, Talia has encouraged open conversations about relationships and sex. Her goal is to help others feel more comfortable discussing these topics and, in turn, to deepen the pleasure and fulfillment in their relationships. Prior to this, Talia had a successful career as a global strategy & marketing consultant, which she left to pursue her dream job as a couples therapist.

Learn more about Talia at http://www.taliamft.com 

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Follow Talia on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/talialitman

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Feb 02, 2022
#84 - Hotline Edition: How Do I Have Better Conversations on Dating Apps?
36:53

It’s another edition of the Matchmaker Maria Hotline! If you want to ask Maria a question on an upcoming episode, make sure you’re following her on Instagram to know when the hotline will open up next… http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

On this episode…

  • How do I find out if he wants to go on a second date… how do I get him to step up and ask?
  • I feel like I’ve hit a wall when talking to people on the apps, what should I do?
  • We’ve slept with each other and he hasn’t text me in a while. Help!

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Jan 26, 2022
#83 - Caregiving, Grief and Dating with Brooke James and Katie Brandt
43:47

This week, Maria is talking about caregiving, grief and dating with Brooke James and Katie Brandt.

Brooke James is a highly respected podcaster in the field of grief and loss based in New York City. She is a sought-out grief educator who consults with companies and organizations seeking to create empathetic and supportive work environments, particularly during this time of unprecedented loss. She currently works at Aidaly, a startup focused on paying family caregivers, and previously worked in management consulting. Brooke holds a B.A. in Economics from The George Washington University. Brooke is passionate about arts and public programming in New York. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Lincoln Center Young Patrons as co-chair of the Development Committee. As one of the many people that have been affected by cancer, Brooke is highly involved in fundraising for the advancement of cancer research and treatment. Brooke participates in Memorial Sloan Kettering’s fundraiser for rare cancer research and has raised over $25,000 since 2018.

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http://instagram.com/brookeljames http://instagram.com/the_griefcoach

Learn more about Brook at http://thegriefcoach.co

Katie Brandt is the Director of Caregiver Support Services and Public Relations in the Frontotemporal Disorders (FTD) Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Katie provides leadership for research, education and community events aimed at supporting the caregiver experience for families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease, Frontotemporal Disorders, atypical and young-onset dementias.  Katie was Co-Chair of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services (2019 – 2021) where she had the opportunity to connect with experts in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and contribute to federal policy initiatives and research priorities promoting health equity and person-centered care at every stage of dementia. Katie is a passionate advocate in the rare disease and dementia community, inspired by her experience as a former FTD caregiver for her late husband, Mike. Today, Katie is an Alzheimer’s caregiver for her father, Tom. Her experiences of love and loss embolden her to keep moving forward, determined that the cure of tomorrow is not so far from the care of today.

Learn more about Katie at http://KatieBrandt.org

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Jan 19, 2022
#82 - Hotline Edition: He’s Not Messaging Me and Giving Me Mixed Signals. Help!
33:39

It’s another edition of the Matchmaker Maria Hotline! If you want to ask Maria a question on an upcoming episode, make sure you’re following her on Instagram to know when the hotline will open up next… http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

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Jan 12, 2022
The Year of The Rebel with Charly Lester
41:34

Happy New Year! You’ve probably taken some time to ask yourself what you want to accomplish or change in 2022.  Great! This episode, we’re giving you some tips and tricks to help you achieve your goals and stay on track this year, all in a fun way! Joining Maria is Charly Lester!  Charly Lester is one of the world’s leading dating industry experts.  She is a serial entrepreneur, who currently runs a successful marketing consultancy business for dating apps and tech start-ups. Charly co-founded ‘Lumen‘ – the dating app for over 50s – the fastest growing dating app in the world in 2019.  Charly is the former Dating Editor for the Guardian, and Global Head of Dating for Time Out.  She has appeared on BBC Newsnight representing the online dating industry, and in 2015 she was an expert advisor to Lord Sugar in the final of The Apprentice.  Charly is a regular guest on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Buy the Rebel Badge Book! US & Canada Books - Amazon https://amzn.to/3qPNrcVUK & Europe - www.rebelbadgestore.com 

Join the Rebel Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/579616703393446

Get Maria’s goal planning guide for 2022 here: https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/z164bjal0egdssi/  Find Charly on Twitter  Find Charly on Instagram  Follow Maria on Instagram to find out when the Matchmaker Hotline will be open to talk! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

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Jan 05, 2022
#80 - Hotline Edition: We’ve Been Dating for Two Months and He Wants to Move Across the Country With Me…
33:24

It’s another edition of the Matchmaker Maria Hotline! If you want to ask Maria a question on an upcoming episode, make sure you’re following her on Instagram to know when the hotline will open up next… http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

On this week’s episode… 

  • I’m 23 and having a hard time with online dating. What should I do?
  • I’ve been dating a guy for two months and wants to move across the country with me. What should I do?
  • How do I get over the self doubt that comes up when dating?
  • How do I know if I should go on another date with them?

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Dec 29, 2021
#79 - Discovering Vulnerability with Atoosa Rubenstein
53:41

This week, Maria speaks with Atoosa Rubenstein.

Atoosa Rubenstein is the author of Atoosa Unedited, an at-times confronting, at-times healing weekly letter on Substack where she models authenticity, self-love and acceptance for her readers. The former Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine and Founder/Editor-in-Chief of CosmoGIRL! In 1998, Rubenstein created a prototype for CosmoGIRL! within 48 hours and was offered the job on the spot making her, at 26,  the youngest Editor in Chief in the over 100 year history of Hearst Magazines. After a successful run at CosmoGIRL!, Hearst acquired Seventeen and tapped Rubenstein to turn the venerable title around. After just one year at the title, Rubenstein reversed a five year decline in Seventeen's newsstand sales and delivered a total newsstand growth of 23% within two years. She also conceived and was an Executive Producer on MTV's Miss Seventeen a series that debuted in the fall of 2005. The following year, Rubenstein left the industry altogether to undergo a grueling 13-year personal excavation and discovery mission that led to three of her own daughters and now, a twice-a-week love letter Atoosa Unedited, written for her beloved readers, now adults in their own right. Columbia University has honored her as one of the top 250 alumni through the ages. She has also been recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York as a Woman of Distinction. Rubenstein has been featured in Crain's New York Business’ "40 Under 40" and Folio's "30 Under 30." She lives in Manhattan with her three daughters. 

Follow Atoosa’s substack at atoosa.substack.com 

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Dec 22, 2021
#78 - Hotline Edition: What Do I Do When I Feel Dating Fatigue?
33:49

This week, we open up the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline and talk to YOU about YOUR dating questions. Care to ask Maria a question for the next one? Be sure to follow her on Instagram to find out when the hotline will be open again. 

This week…

  • I’m feeling fatigued and defeated. What should I do?
  • I’ve been dating “by the book” and I’m not sure about a guy.
  • I have a really tough schedule, how do I find time to meet people?
  • How do I choose whether to connect with someone on a dating app?
  • Should I do a video chat with someone before we meet in person?
  • My neighbor seems cool. Should I ask him to coffee?
  • How do you feel about dating someone who is separated but not divorced? 

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Dec 15, 2021
#77 - Dating Outside Your Religion and Culture with Maria’s Husband, George
26:10

This week, Maria’s husband, George, is once again on the podcast. This week, the two talk about the fun that was had during Maria’s birthday weekend, the new upcoming Agape Intensive on the road and a continuation of the conversation that’s been going on since last week’s episode: dating outside your religion and culture.

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Dec 08, 2021
#76 - Hotline Edition: What to Do When You Want to Marry, But You Practice Different Religions
46:19

It’s another edition of the Matchmaker Hotline! You’ve got questions, and Maria has answers! If you want to talk to Maria on an upcoming episode, be sure to follow her on Instagram to find out when the hotline will open again! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria

In today’s hotline...

  • He says he wants to find a way to date, but he’s seeing someone else. 
  • Our first update from a previous caller!
  • How do you manage different connections when they are not starting off at the same time?
  • I’m dating a man with a different religion. 

Want to join an upcoming Agape Intensive? 2022 dates just announced! http://agapeintensive.com

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Dec 01, 2021
#75 - Will Evangelia Go to Eurovision?
25:17

This week, Maria is talking to singer and songwriter Evangelia!

She grew up commuting between her grandmother’s small farm on the Greek island of Crete and her parents’ home in New Jersey. Two completely different music worlds, both of which influenced her style. Her music blends modern pop music with sounds from her Greek roots, contemporary club beats and catchy melodies by fusing American pop culture with traditional Greek elements.

Follow Evangelia on TikTok at https://www.tiktok.com/@evangeliamusic

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Nov 24, 2021
#74 - Hotline Edition: Dating a Guy Five Months and He Wants to Host Our Families for the Holidays. Help!
49:36

You have questions and Maria has answers! 

It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline, where you can directly ask Matchmaker Maria your questions. (If you want to call on a future episode, be sure to follow her on Instagram to know when the hotline will be open next)

This week, we talk about...

  • It’s the holidays! How to handle dating in your hometown when you go home.
  • I think I’m a bad texter. How do I fix that?
  • I’m discouraged with dating. What should I do?
  • How do I date when I have a demanding job?
  • How to handle the holidays with your partner's families.
  • How do you meet people outside of your own friend circle?
  • What if I’m dating a guy who has a voice I don’t like?

Want to join an upcoming Agape Intensive? 2022 dates just announced! http://agapeintensive.com

Follow Maria on Instagram to find out when the Matchmaker Hotline will be open to talk! http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

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Nov 17, 2021
BONUS: A Look at Match’s Singles in America Study 2021
47:23

Every year, Match’s Singles in America study shows how the latest trends are shaping what it means to fly solo.

In this bonus episode, the Agape Match team gives their analysis on this year’s study. 

In the study, Match revealed that singles are redefining the new sexy. Spoiler alert: Physical attraction is no longer enough. From social movements to self-improvement, the study dives deep to see how emotional maturity has become the new “it” factor.

Read the study at https://www.singlesinamerica.com/

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Nov 12, 2021
#73 - How to Harness Your Anxiety as a Superpower with Dr. Wendy Suzuki
31:38

What if you could make friends with your anxiety? What if you could learn to leverage your anxiety to be a gift? We look at anxiety as such a bad thing, but so often our anxiety is trying to tell us something. Learning how to harness that can be a game changer. 

This week’s conversation could help you change your life.

Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University. Her TED talk has over 31 million views and was the 2nd most viewed ted talk of 2018. She’s the author of “Healthy Brain, Happy Life” and “Good Anxiety” which is now available wherever books are sold. 

Pick up Dr. Wendy's new book at https://www.goodanxiety.com/

Follow Dr. Wendy on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/wendy.suzuki/

Learn more about Dr. Wendy at https://www.wendysuzuki.com/

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Nov 10, 2021
#72 - Hotline Edition: How Do I Get Myself Back Out?
00:14:40

It’s another edition of the Ask a Matchmaker hotline!

This week, it’s all about getting back out into the dating world. Maria will explain how to build your own “spider web network” to meet new people. Also, she’ll explain what “the hoephase” is and how you can have one, even if you’re a virgin.

Want to join an upcoming Agape Intensive? 2022 dates just announced! http://agapeintensive.com

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Nov 03, 2021
#71 - Don’t Poison Your Husband Even If You Know How to with Jennifer Wright
00:26:40

This week’s episode combines two of Maria’s favorite things: love and true crime with author and her friend Jennifer Wright!

Jennifer Wright is the author of numerous pop history books, including “Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues” and the “Heroes That Fought Them.” Her new book, “She Kills Me: True Tales of History's Deadliest Women,” is now available. She's written for The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Observer, The New Yorker.com and even some publications that are not based in New York.

Pick up a copy of She Kills Me at https://amzn.to/3mi41S0 

Follow Jen on Twitter at https://twitter.com/jenashleywright

Learn more about Jen at https://www.jenashleywright.com/

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If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Oct 27, 2021
#70 - Hotline Edition: Am I Being Ghosted on Snapchat?
00:13:54

We’re answering YOUR questions again this week! If you have a question you’d like to personally ask Maria, be sure to follow her on Insta to know when the hotline will open up next! @MatchmakerMaria 

This week, we’re talking about…

  • How do I know if someone is stringing me along? How do I trust my gut?
  • Am I being ghosted by someone?
  • How do I not move too quickly when I’m dating someone new?

Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Oct 20, 2021
#69 - How to Harness the Power of Manifestation with Melissa Lyons
00:36:50

This week, Maria welcomes international best-selling author, speaker and intuitive life coach Melissa Lyons to the podcast!

Melissa helps people learn to calm the busy and often overwhelmed thoughts that race through their minds. 

Melissa has an uncanny ability to help people find clarity amidst chaos and she shows them how to get what they want. Quite simply, she inspires one to wake up each morning with a sense of happiness and excitement about the day. 

She leads people to connect with qualities that are aligned with a life purpose that transcends titles and responsibilities. Her work is pioneering and is essential for anyone who finds themselves living someone else's dream or unable to identify dreams and hopes of their own. She is passionate about helping women discover their passions and resolve the inner conflict between who they are truly meant to be and who they think should be. 

Melissa’s heartwarming and profound books, I Will Always Love You and Until We Meet Again, are about finding hope and love when faced with grief, loss and heartache. They have helped thousands embrace fresh perspectives during life’s most challenging events.

Get access to Melissa’s free course, I Have A Choice, at https://melissa-lyons.com/matchmaker

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If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Oct 13, 2021
#68 - Hotline Edition: Should I Move to Another City to Find Better Men?
00:34:41

We’re answering YOUR questions again this week! If you have a question you’d like to personally ask Maria, be sure to follow her on Insta to know when the hotline will open up next! @MatchmakerMaria This week, we talk about…

  • How do I find confidence in my body and myself when going out on a date?
  • Should I move to a new city to find men that meet my criteria?
  • Maria goes on a rant about women’s preference in height in men. (She is 5’11’’. Do what you will with that information.) 
Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Oct 06, 2021
#67 - How to Filter Potential Matches with OkCupid’s Melissa Hobley
00:47:23

#67 - How to Filter Potential Matches with OkCupid’s Melissa Hobley 

This week, we’re talking about how to filter out potential matches on dating websites. How do you make sure the people you meet are on the same page as you and live in the same reality as you?

This week, we’re talking with Melissa Hobley. She’s the Global Chief Marketing Officer of OkCupid, one of the largest dating apps in the world. Under her direction, OkCupid has become famous for its message of inclusion and affirmation, winning numerous awards for its breakthrough social campaign in 2018 & 2019. In this role, she is responsible for global brand advertising, marketing, social media, and partnerships. Melissa was the first CMO at OkCupid and brought the brand from decline to being one of the foremost leaders in a competitive space. 

Melissa regularly appears as an expert on tech and relationships in media like The New York Times and NPR.  Currently, she is a regular guest on NBC’s “Today Show” discussing relationships in a digital era. In 2020, she was named to Forbes “40 Most Powerful CMOs in the World.” In 2019, she was named to AdAge’s “Women to Watch” list and was featured recently on AMA’s “40 Under 40.”

To learn how to get 3 months of OkCupid premium for free, go to https://agapematch.wufoo.com/forms/get-3-months-of-okcupid-premium/

Follow Melissa on Instagram at http://instagram.com/melissahobley

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If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Sep 29, 2021
#66 - Hotline Edition: How Do You Find Someone That Can Fly Me in a Private Jet?
18:08

It’s another Hotline Edition of the podcast! If YOU would like to ask Maria a question on an upcoming episode, make sure to follow her on Instagram to know when the hotline will be open next! Follow her at @matchmakermaria 

This week… 

How do you find someone that can fly me in a private jet? 

How to ask a potential partner their relationship history?

What do you do when you enjoy spending time with someone, but you’re not sure you want to keep dating?

Follow Maria on Instagram at http://instagram.com/matchmakermaria 

If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Sep 22, 2021
#65 - How to Establish New Networks by Being Relatable with Rachel DeAlto
29:18

In today’s episode, I am speaking with Rachel DeAlto. Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, coach, media personality, and speaker. Rachel has appeared as a relationship expert on Lifetime’s Married at First Sight and TLC’s Kate+Date. Rachel has also been featured on a multitude of media outlets including The TODAY Show, Access Hollywood Live, and Fox News.

Rachel is having a fantastic week. Her newest book “relatable: How to Connect with Anyone Anywhere (Even if It Scares You)” was just released by Simon & Schuster’s Tiller Press last week and can be found at your local independent book store and wherever else books are sold.

We talk about how to connect, communicate and inspire others not only online but in person.

If you’re ready to get out of your shell and create new networks for life and love, this is the conversation for you.

Pick up Rachel’s brand new book https://amzn.to/398aNCo 

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If you’d like to learn more about Agape Match’s services or enroll in an upcoming Agape Intensive, visit agapematch.com/services 

Sep 15, 2021
#64 - Hotline Edition: Is It Okay for Women to Ask Men Out First?
25:09

Welcome to September! A period of renewal… and productive energy. If there were ever a time to kick off dating.. It’s now. It’s also time for Season 2 of the Ask a Matchmaker podcast!

This week we’re kicking off our new feature, the Ask a Matchmaker Hotline! Matchmaker Maria is here to answer your dating and relationship questions. If you have a question and want to be on a future episode, be sure to follow Maria on Instagram @MatchmakerMaria to know when she’ll open up the hotline next to get in!

Things discussed this week include...

Is it okay for women to ask men out first?
Is it okay to go on a first date over the weekend?
How do you find dates when moving to a new country?
What should you do if you find yourself withdrawing from someone you’re dating?
How do you tell someone you went on a date with that they’re just not the right fit for you?

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Sep 08, 2021
#63 - BEST OF: That Episode on Long Distance Relationships with Maria’s Husband, George
57:03

While Maria takes a few weeks off, we’re revisiting some of her favorite episodes! The new season of the podcast starts in September! 

Long distance relationships are brought up every week on Ask a Matchmaker on Instagram. 

This week, we dig deep into the topic with The King and Queen of Long Distance, Maria and her husband, George!

They met in Boston while George was living up there and Maria was still in New York City. For the next SIX YEARS (!!), they dated, got married and had a kid while living hundreds of miles apart!

Don’t worry, they’re finally together in New Jersey!

But how did the two of them do it for so long? What could you learn from their journey?

Check out this very personal and heartfelt episode.

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Sep 01, 2021
#62 - BEST OF: That Episode with The Ladies of Girls Gotta Eat, Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine
56:16

While Maria takes a few weeks off, we’re revisiting some of her favorite episodes! The new season of the podcast starts in September! 

This week, Maria is joined by Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine, the co-hosts of Girls Gotta Eat podcast! Girls Gotta Eat is a comedy podcast about dating, sex and relationships. 

Listen to Girls Gotta Eat on Apple
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/choosing-to-be-childfree/id1348777092?i=1000501573936 

Listen to Girls Gotta Eat on Spotify
https://open.spotify.com/show/3Zwh39kXHAk9M6vZvofoxY 

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Aug 25, 2021
#61 - BEST OF: That Episode Where Jared Freid Didn’t Get Out of the Car to Ask For Larry Bird’s Autograph
01:02:33

Maria is taking a few weeks off. Before we start our new season in September, we’re looking back at some of her favorite episodes! 

 

He’s been answering dating and relationship questions for years on the JTrain podcast! Now he’s our special guest this week to answer YOUR questions… it’s Jared Freid!

 

Jared Freid is a comedian based out of New York City. His comedy is current and reflects the ordinary daily thoughts of everyone you know, especially if everyone you know is a millennial, obsessed with dating apps, trying to be a real adult and worried about their body. He’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Gotham.

He hosts the JTrain podcast and co-hosts a modern dating podcast called “U Up?” with Jordana Abraham of Betches.

Find Jared on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/jaredfreid

Check out the JTrain podcast on Apple Podcasts
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-jtrain-podcast/id672249013

Find more about Jared at http://jaredfreid.com 

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Aug 18, 2021
#60 - BEST OF: That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani
01:18:18

While Maria is taking a few weeks off, we’re revisiting some of her favorite episodes! Season 2 starts in September!

It feels like narcissism has taken a bigger role in society in the last few years. What might start off as charming and great can quickly turn negative and unhealthy.

How do we make sure we don’t get caught up with someone who is a narcissist? What should we look out for? How can you know if your partner IS one?

Dr. Ramani Durvasula (better known as Dr. Ramani) is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She takes on our modern scourges of entitlement and incivility in the book “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist. The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and related high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations.

Dr. Ramani is an honest, authentic, and brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally.

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You can find Dr. Ramani’s books on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Ramani-Durvasula/e/B00C2C5U0O

Find Dr. Ramani at her website. http://www.doctor-ramani.com

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Aug 11, 2021
#59 - BEST OF: That Episode About Sexual Trauma and Shame with Dr. Celeste Holbrook
43:42

While Maria is on a few weeks break, we’re revisiting some of her favorite episodes from season 1! Season 2 starts in September!

One of our goals on Ask a Matchmaker is to have real, authentic conversations about all things related to love and relationships. Cut through the BS and talk about things that really matter.

This week is no exception. We’re talking about sex.

We’re talking about the sexual trauma and shame that we come across over the year. What it is, how to deal with it and how to talk about it.

Joining us this week is Dr. Celeste Holbrook. Dr. Holbrook is a sexologist, speaker and author who has dedicated her life to helping women achieve soul-centered sex through perfectly planned mental and behavioral changes.  She inspires women to move through mental blocks surrounding their intimate lives to truly experience the sex that was spiritually designed for her.  Hundreds of women have dramatically changed their relationships by following the sexual and spiritual strategies that Dr. Holbrook has created and tailored specifically for them.  Her favorite moment is the spark that appears in a woman’s eyes the instant her sensual confidence is re-awakened.

Visit Dr. Holbrook’s website
https://www.drcelesteholbrook.com/

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https://www.instagram.com/drcelesteholbrook/

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https://www.facebook.com/DrCelesteHolbrook/

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Aug 04, 2021
#58 - That Episode About Healing with Anonymous
28:54

A few weeks ago, Maria received a closure letter that moved her to tears. It was for a relationship in 2018, but the letter’s author wrote it so she could be able to heal and allow love into her life today.

Maria decided to invite the woman who wrote the letter onto this week’s podcast to talk about healing and moving on in life.

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Jul 28, 2021
#57 - That Episode Where We Introduce The Ask a Matchmaker Hotline
20:37

It’s been an amazing year on the podcast! Thank you so much for listening and thank you for your support!

This fall, we’ll be starting season 2. And with season 2, we’re starting something new… The Ask a Matchmaker Hotline! You will be able to call in and ask Maria about anything! On the spot advice just for you! Those calls will be on upcoming episodes.

This week, we’re giving you a sneak peek into the hotline with two listeners calling into the Ask a Matchmaker hotline. 

Take a listen!

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Jul 21, 2021
#56 - That Episode about Snack (the app) with Kim Kaplan
43:40

This week, Maria is talking about one of the most unique dating apps on the internet right now, Snack, with its founder Kim Kaplan!

Kim Kaplan was one of the earliest employees at Plenty of Fish. She led product marketing and revenue on the executive team that eventually sold PoF to Match Group for $575 million in 2015. After a two year hiatus after Plenty of Fish, where she spent her time advising and angel investing, she scrolled on TikTok and saw that many users were creating essentially dating video profiles. But TikTok did not have the interface to support this. That’s when the dating app Snack was born! 

Download the Snack dating app for iPhone 

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Jul 14, 2021
#55 - That Episode about the Enneagram and Personality Tests with Erin Baute
40:46

Personality tests have been around for many years. Sometimes they’re used for fun, sometimes your employer might want you to take them to help with your career. This week, we talk about personality tests with Erin Baute and how they can help you in love and dating!

AND Maria takes one on the podcast!

Erin has been studying and working in the field of behavior change for over 20 years and uses the Enneagram, consciousness practices and behavior change theory to help individuals, couples, leaders, and teams in both life and at work. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Development, Master of Public Health and is finishing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, with a focus on coaching and development. She has been studying and using the Enneagram for 11 years as a tool to get clear about behavioral patterns that align with individual, relationship, and team success.  She is a Certified Enneagram Teacher and Trainer, as well as an Accredited Enneagram Professional from the International Enneagram Association.

If you would like to learn your own Enneagram, you can visit Erin’s website to book a session. 

Book a session with Erin at http://livingtheenneagram.com/

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Jul 07, 2021
#54 - That Episode about the Dating App Inferno with Nancy Jo Sales
53:06

This week, Maria welcomes author Nancy Jo Sales.

Nancy Jo Sales is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist who has written for Vanity Fair and Harpar’s Bazaar among others. Sales famously exposed Hollywood’s “Bling Ring," a group of teens who broke into the homes of celebrities like Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom, stealing millions of dollars’ worth of luxury goods. Known for her stories on youth culture, celebrity culture, and the effects of tech on kids as well as dating and courtship, Nancy Jo is also a filmmaker. 

Her feature documentary, "Swiped: Hooking Up in the Digital Age," which premiered on HBO in 2018, is an investigation into how technology has changed the landscape of sex and dating, promoting sexism, sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Nancy Jo's new memoir, "Nothing Personal: My Secret Life in the Dating App Inferno," is now available.

Get Nancy’s new book at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HLYW53K/

Go to Nancy’s website at http://nancyjosales.com 

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Jun 30, 2021
#53 - That Episode about Fighting Fair with Monica Berg
43:18

Arguments happen in relationships. That’s just a fact. But we’re not really taught how to handle it when we start dating. There is no rule book on how to handle the situation!

This week, Maria chats with Monica Berg on how to handle arguments and disagreements with your partner in a healthy way!

Monica Berg is a spiritual thought leader and author of “Fear is Not an Option” and “Rethink Love.” She’s also the host of the Spiritually Hungry podcast. She has a fresh voice that channels her many years of Kabbalistic study along with personal life experiences to show individuals how to create a life that not only feels like it’s working, but most importantly, a life in which they are living and loving as the powerful, fulfilled person they’ve always wanted to be. 

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Jun 23, 2021
#52 - That Episode with That Girl, Marlo Thomas
49:50

This week, Maria is so excited to welcome Marlo Thomas!

Marlo Thomas is an actress, a producer, an author, a philanthropist and a social activist. In fact, she's in the OG group of feminist icons. Having starred in the sitcom “That Girl” in the 60s, she is the prototype to the "single girl in the city" sitcoms that have been in production ever since. She's won four Emmy awards, a Golden Globe and Peabody for her work in television and a Grammy for her children's album, “Free to be You and Me.” In 2014, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She serves as National Outreach Director for St Jude Children's Research Hospital and is this month’s cover girl for Town and Country magazine highlighting her work with St Jude.

Last year, her book written with her husband, Phil Donahue, “What Makes a Marriage Last,” became a New York Times Best seller. Their book pairs well with their podcast Double Date, where you get to listen in as they pull down the curtains to learn from 40 Couples their secrets to a happy life. 

Pick up Marlo's book: https://www.amazon.com/What-Makes-Marriage-Last-Celebrated/dp/0062982583

Check out Marlo and Phil's podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/double-date-with-marlo-thomas-phil-donahue/id1547645093

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Jun 16, 2021
#51 - That Episode about Soulmates with Psychic Medium Michelle Clare
37:33

This week, we’re talking about love on a different level. Maria talks so much about her belief in manifestation. Is it possible to call in your soulmate? Do we really HAVE soulmates in our lives?

We’re going deep into the soul with physic medium, Michelle Clare. 

In a span of 11 years, Michelle had had 3 near death experiences. The second one was a monumental life changing event in which Michelle suffered a traumatic brain injury. Shortly after this life altering event, she started receiving information for other people from their loved ones who had transitioned. All 3 NDEs were a reminder of an unconditional love and connection that surpasses our earthly life.  

During readings, Michelle is divinely guided by the client's Spirit Team to lovingly empower, direct, provide comfort and hope for each individual. She is known for giving factual information: personality traits, characteristics, and validations of signs that loved ones are sending. She helps each person she reads to raise their vibration, clear their energy and understand that they are not living life alone.

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To connect with Michelle, go to https://www.michelleclare.net/

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Jun 09, 2021
#50 - That Episode with the Fake Irish Accent with Erica Spera and Molly DeMellier
53:58

This week on the podcast, Maria talks to the co-hosts of the Shooters Gotta Shoot podcast, Erica Spera and Molly DeMellier.

NCAA athletes Erica Spera and Molly DeMellier have always taken shots on and off the court. They know how to get what they want, except when it comes to men. Recently, dating has become harder to navigate with Erica getting diagnosed with herpes and Molly’s sister/best friend excommunicating herself from the family. But instead of giving up on love, they've made a pact to challenge each other to test modern and old school dating methods. They'll stay in the game and laugh at the rejections they take along the way.

Erica Spera is a New York City comedian originally from Binghamton, NY. Spera was named one of Conan's 2017 TBS Comics to Watch and since then has opened for Patton Oswalt, Bert Kreischer, Judah Friedlander, and more! 

Molly DeMellier is a New York City podcaster, writer and communications expert with experience spanning a variety of industries including entertainment, comedy, travel, sports, tech, and enterprise software. 

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Learn more about the Shooters Gotta Shoot podcast on Instagram at http://instagram.com/shootersgottashootpod 

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Jun 02, 2021
#49 - That Episode with Biological Anthropologist, Dr Helen Fisher
53:35

This week, Maria is so excited to welcome Dr. Helen Fisher to the podcast to answer your dating and relationship questions!

Fisher has written several books about  the evolution and future of human sex, love, marriage, gender differences in the brain, how your personality style shapes who you are and who you love, and more. Her books include Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray and Why Him? Why Her? Finding Real Love by Understanding your personality type. 

She is also the Chief Scientific Advisor for the internet dating site Match.com. 

Dr. Fisher is a senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, and a member of the Center For Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University. Prior to that, she was a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

Fisher holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Psychology from New York University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Visit Helen's website: https://helenfisher.com/

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May 26, 2021
#48 - That Episode about Prenups and Divorce with Lawyer Kelly
40:28

While we spend much of our time on the podcast talking about finding love, what do you do once that happens? How do you protect yourself and your family when you decide to say “I do!” to one another?

It’s time to talk about the big D… divorce. 

This week’s guest is Certified Family Law Specialist Kelly Chang Rickert, better known online as Lawyer Kelly. 

She has exclusively handled family law cases and prenuptial agreements for over twenty years. She is the author of several divorce articles published by Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Money Magazine. Her latest books, "Protecting Yourself From False Accusations" and "Two Adventures With Mom and Dad" (children's book about divorce) were both Amazon #1 best‑sellers.

Kelly routinely appears as an expert on television/radio to comment on family law issues in celebrity divorce and custody cases. Kelly discourages "scorched‑earth" tactics in family law and encourages mediation and collaborative solutions whenever possible.

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May 19, 2021
#47 - That Episode with Your New Gay Best Friend, Matthew Anchel
50:10

This week Maria welcomes your new gay best friend, Matthew Anchel, to help with your dating and relationship questions!

Maria and Matthew tackle body image in dating as well as some unique insight into dating from around the world.

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May 12, 2021
#46 - That Episode with Me in Search of You author Jenna Langbaum
38:38

This week, Jenna Langbaum joins us to discuss her new book, “Me in Seach of You”, which is a collection of stories inspired by her dating life as well as others through prose. “Me in Search of You” is the kind of book you’re going to stop after every story and reflect on your own dating experiences. It is available where all books are sold. 

Jenna Langbaum is a creative director, copywriter, poet and playwright. Her original play, The Night of Blue and Salt, was produced through the New York City International Fringe Festival in in 2016.

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May 05, 2021
#45 - That Episode about FOMO and FOBO in Dating with Patrick McGinnis
50:37

It’s easy to sit on our phone, scroll through social media and feel the fear of missing out, or FOMO. Everything looks amazing! Why aren’t I doing that? Why don’t I have that in my life?

When it comes to dating, it’s easy to not make a decision or commitment when there are so many options available. It’s the fear of better options, or FOBO.

But how do we live in the moment? How do we make the decision? How do we appreciate what we already have?

This week Maria discusses this and more with the man that created the term FOMO, Patrick McGinnis!

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and the author of Fear of Missing Out: Practical Decision-Making in a World of Overwhelming Choice and The 10% Entrepreneur: Live Your Startup Dream Without Quitting Your Day Job. Patrick coined the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), as well as the related term FOBO (Fear of a Better Option) in a 2004 article in the student newspaper of Harvard Business School. Since that time, FOMO has since been added to the dictionary and FOBO has become an increasingly popular framework to describe choice paralysis.

Patrick is also the host of the hit podcast, FOMO Sapiens (www.fomosapiens.com), where entrepreneurial thinkers unpack how they make decisions. He has been featured in The New York Times, Politico, The Financial Times, and The Guardian.

Visit Patrick's website: https://patrickmcginnis.com/

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Read Patrick's article on FOMO and the vaccine:  https://www.businessinsider.com/vaccine-fomo-might-end-pandemic-skeptics-fear-of-missing-out-2021-3

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Apr 28, 2021
#44 - That Episode on Long Distance Relationships with Maria’s Husband, George
55:23

Long distance relationships are brought up every week on Ask a Matchmaker on Instagram.

This week, we dig deep into the topic with The King and Queen of Long Distance, Maria and her husband, George!

They met in Boston while George was living up there and Maria was still in New York City. For the next SIX YEARS (!!), they dated, got married and had a kid while living hundreds of miles apart!

Don’t worry, they’re finally together in New Jersey!

But how did the two of them do it for so long? What could you learn from their journey?

Check out this very personal and heartfelt episode.

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Apr 21, 2021
#43 - That Episode About Saying Less and Getting More with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos
42:56

We’re so excited to have her back!

In episode 2, we welcomed Fotini Iconomopoulos to talk about negotiating in every part of your life, including your relationship!

This week, she’s back to talk about new upcoming book “Say Less, Get More” and share some tactics in negotiating in your job, your relationship and every part of your life! e! 

Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life.

For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides clients through high-stakes scenarios and creates customized intensive negotiation workshops for clients who want to further develop their teams across all industries.

When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC and CTV Television, a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business and offers her experience to non-profit initiatives.

Pre-order Fortini’s new book “Say Less, Get More” at Amazon 

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Apr 14, 2021
#42 - That Episode On Body Language with Blanca Cobb
44:22

So often we focus on what a potential match is saying to us. But also what can we learn from their body language? Those little things we see can say so much. 

This week, it’s all about the power of body language with body language expert Blanca Cobb!

Blanca Cobb has been featured on national TV as well as numerous publications across the country. If they’re talking about body language, Blanca is there to give her expert advice! When it comes to love, relationships and romance, Blanca helps you find the right person to bring into your life by understanding and using body language and detecting deception techniques. She helps to identify partners who really love, care and respect you.

Get your copy of Emotions Behind the mask at http://emotionsbehindthemask.com 

Visit Blanca at her website at https://blancacobb.com/

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Apr 07, 2021
#41 - That Episode About Dating With the Coronavirus Vaccine with the Dare to Date Panel
59:01

With the vaccine rollouts across the world, is it safe to start dating in person again? What does dating look like once we have the shot? How do we keep ourselves safe as we transition through the vaccine process?

So many questions. Today, we have some answers for you.

Last week, Maria was the moderator of a special panel called “Dare to Date: The Covid Vaccine and Dating Safety.” It was put on by The Meet Group’s Safer Dating Advisory Board, which was formed in July 2020 and is made up of health experts. 

In this episode, you’ll hear the panel chat. Maria asks the questions you’ve been wanting answers to!

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Mar 31, 2021
#40 - That Episode Where We Read Your Closure Letters with Katie Murphy
50:46

This week on the podcast, Maria is reading your closure letters with one of her good friends, Katie Murphy!

Katie took the crazy situation of 2020 and made something amazing out of it! When she lost her job at the beginning of the pandemic, she bought a tent, packed her car and camped out across the country!

Plus, they will share a letter Maria received from someone that was gaslit by a man last year. It involves travel, facetime calls and even her daughter. You’re not going to want to miss this.

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Mar 24, 2021
#39 - That Episode with Let’s F*cking Date Host Serena Kerrigan
35:24

During the pandemic, she was bored. So she started her own dating show!

This week’s guest is Serena Kerrigan, AKA Serena F*cking Kerrigan, or SFK. She hosts her own dating show on Instagram called Let’s F*cking Date, in which she goes on weekly live dates as her friends and fans watch and comment. 

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Mar 17, 2021
#38 - That Episode Where We Learn to Heal from a Narcissist Ex with Heather Kent
41:42

“Did I just date a narcissist?” More than likely you or someone you know has asked this question.

Narcissists come off as charming and amazing at first. 

But then you start to see the patterns. The truth comes out.

What do you do then?

This week, Maria is joined by Heather Kent to help you, whether you’re currently dating one or dated one in the past.

Heather Kent is a Registered Psychotherapist with a training background in trauma assessment and treatment. She is the #1 Amazon bestselling author of the books Heal From Your Narcissist Ex and I Left My Toxic Relationship – Now What? Much of her professional practice is focused on helping clients through the process of recovering from the trauma and PTSD of abusive relationships. Having survived her own experience in an abusive relationship, Heather soon came to realize that many other women (and men) find themselves in the same situation, which leaves them feeling broken, ashamed, and paralyzed by fear. Heather combines her experience from her previous teaching career with her integrative therapeutic approach to counselling. Through her virtual programs, speaking engagements, workshops, and retreats, Heather is able to serve a larger population of clients who want interactive guided support from a licensed professional, as they navigate their way through trauma recovery from an abusive relationship and begin the next phase of their lives with safety and confidence. Heather currently resides in Ontario, Canada.

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Mar 10, 2021
#37 - That Episode About Money and Relationships with Dr. Shannon Curry
01:02:40

Financial compatibility is such an important part of a relationship. Yet it’s also one of the toughest things to talk about with a potential partner. Heck, it can even be tough to talk about when you’re married!

Do you two have the same beliefs about money? Are you two in debt? Do you spend a lot or do you prefer to save? How do you take care of the bills when you get married?

So many questions! 

This week, Dr. Shannon Curry is here to help answer them!

Dr. Shannon Curry is an award winning Clinical Psychologist and a national expert in psychological and interpersonal issues. She has been interviewed for major media outlets including the TODAY show, New York Magazine and The Cut. She talks about topics from trauma, violence and abuse to intimate relationships, parenting, career change and motivation. She regularly works with couples who are experiencing financial conflicts. 

In this episode, we talk about everything from knowing how you’re a financial match in a relationship to having those awkward conversations about money early on and even after you’re married. 

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Mar 03, 2021
#36 - That Episode About the Texas Freeze with Lifestyle Blogger Danielle Price
48:09

The cold weather in Texas has been all over the news the last two weeks.

This week, Maria talks to someone on the ground and is dealing with it first hand... lifestyle blogger, Danielle Price.

After graduating from film school at the University of Southern California in 2014, Danielle worked at a content creation focused ad agency & house of lifestyle magazines in Los Angeles.

Danielle quit her job and put her whole life into a storage unit in January 2020 (great timing!) to take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in the South of France where she planned to learn to cook from the chef/owner of a bed & breakfast in Provence in exchange for overhauling the social media of the business. However, the pandemic struck and she unexpectedly ended up back in her childhood bedroom in the middle of the West Texas desert instead.

While spending 2020 soaking up precious time with her parents, Danielle dove into writing and creating social media videos for She’s Fun, her lifestyle blog for all things feminine & fun. She continues to help small businesses with unique content creation and branding.

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Feb 24, 2021
#35 - That Episode Where We Read Your Closure Letters with Katie Morse
01:04:46

You loved it! We loved it! So we’re doing it again!

This week on the podcast, Maria is reading your closure letters with her friend Katie Morse. Those words you wish you could say to someone but you know it’s better you don’t. But you still need to get the words and feelings out!

We happily read them and put them out in the universe for you!

Plus, Maria and Katie talk about how they became friends. Spoiler alert: It started when they realized that at one point they both were with the same guy!

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Feb 17, 2021
#34 - That Episode with Inner Circle app founder David Vermeulen
42:34

Years ago he was ready to meet someone. But he wasn’t happy with the apps and ways to meet people.

So, he took things into his own hands and created his own app!

This week’s guest is David Vermeulen. He is the founder of Inner circle, the app where you’ll find some of the world's most inspiring single professionals with similar backgrounds and interests. 

Plus, we take YOUR dating and relationship questions!

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Feb 10, 2021
#33 - That Episode with Make Your Move Author Jon Birger
51:49

When we think of dating, we think of the feelings. The emotions. All of the feels.

But did you know there is SCIENCE behind how we act? Did you know we can LEARN from all of this research to help us find the love of our life?

Maria’s guest is here to tell us all about it… author Jon Birger! 

Jon Birger is an award winning magazine writer and author of two dating books: “Date-onomics: How Dating Became a Lopsided Numbers Game” which was published in 2015 and his new book, “Make Your Move: The New Science of Dating and Why Women Are in Charge.” 

In his new book, Jon offers women bold new strategies for finding the one. Backed by research showing that women can win at romance by making the first move with the men of their choice.

Things talked about in the episode include…

- Why it’s important to open up your criteria when it comes to dating. You’d be surprised what you could find!
- Men’s biggest turns on and what they’re really looking for.
- Maria and Jon don’t see eye to eye on dating apps.
- Where to meet people when you don't want to online date - especially during a global pandemic.
- Is it okay to date someone from work? 

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Feb 03, 2021
#32 - That Episode with Just Send the Text author Candice Jalili
42:35

It’s all about confidence in dating. It’s easy to second guess yourself. Ask your friends what you should text him. Survey the crowd to find out what you should do next.

This week, we’re gaining our power and confidence back. 

This week’s guest is Candice Jalili. She is the Senior Dating Writer at Elite Daily and has written over 3,000 articles in the relationship space. Outside of Elite Daily, Candice also write for Cosmopolitan, Tinder Swipe Life, and more.

Her book, Just Send the Text, a guide to letting go of your dating anxiety, will be out with Tiller Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on February 2nd.

This week, we talk about:

- Why you should just send the text you’re thinking. Be confident. Take back your power.
- The most important texts and emails Maria and Candice have ever sent in their dating lives.
- How to handle rejection when you’re dating.
- Why it’s okay to take a break from online dating.
- What to do if you meet someone that might be moving away soon.
- A discussion on whether it’s a good idea to try a long distance relationship.

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Jan 27, 2021
#31 - That Episode About Polyamory with Margaret French
55:05

This week, we dig into the topic of polyamory...

Yup, throuples! Or, as Maria calls it: “a trinity”.

This week’s guest, Margaret French, met her husband Cody five years ago. Just nine months later, they would meet their to-be girlfriend Janie.

After coming out on social media, they now share insights into their unique life online to help educate those interested in the world of polyamory.

Maria and Margaret have a fascinating conversation and answer YOUR questions about how this relationship works!

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Jan 20, 2021
#30 - That Episode with MeetMe app co-Founder Catherine Cook Connelly
33:48

This week on the pod, Maria chats with the founder of one of her favorite apps to meet people, MeetMe’s Catherine Cook Connelly! 

Catherine is co-founder and SVP, Marketing at The Meet Group. The Meet Group owns and operates the most engaging dating communities in the world, spanning five apps including MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, LOVOO and GROWLr. Serving millions of daters daily, our community sends 70 million chats per day. Each month, our livestreaming solutions entice our community to spend 1.1 billion minutes in video. Our network size, technology, and leading moderation and talent teams enable us to partner for and acquire new audiences, including through video platform-as-service products. The Meet Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of ParshipMeet Group, a diversified international market leader in online dating, which also owns and operates leading matchmaking brands eharmony, Parship, and ElitePartner.

In this episode, Maria and Catherine discuss…

- The history of MeetMe and why the app was created.
- How MeetMe is different from every other app out there. (it’s not all about dating!)
- How to connect and chat with someone in a speed dating situation.
- How to handle a potential long distance relationship at the beginning.
- Great ice breaker questions to get a conversation going with someone. 

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Jan 13, 2021
#29 - That Episode about Resolutions with Charly Lester
01:02:42

To kick off the new year, we’re not only talking about how to achieve your love and relationship goals, but your goals in every aspect of your life this week!

Joining Maria is Charly Lester! 

Charly Lester is one of the world’s leading dating industry experts.  She is a serial entrepreneur, who currently runs a successful marketing consultancy business for dating apps and tech start-ups.

Charly co-founded ‘Lumen‘ – the dating app for over 50s – the fastest growing dating app in the world in 2019. 

Charly is the former Dating Editor for the Guardian, and Global Head of Dating for Time Out.  She has appeared on BBC Newsnight representing the online dating industry, and in 2015 she was an expert advisor to Lord Sugar in the final of The Apprentice.  Charly is a regular guest on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

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Jan 06, 2021
#28 - That Episode Where Maria and Her Husband Talk About 2020
29:18

It’s the end of the year, and you’re in for a special treat.

This week, Maria welcomes her husband, George. The two of them talk about what 2020 has been like for them as a couple and as a family. Plus, they share some books and shows they’ve enjoyed through the pandemic that you might use to relax this week. 

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Dec 30, 2020
#27 - That Episode Where the Vaccine Changes How People Date with Erika Ettin
48:43

It’s a holiday week, so we brought back an old friend to help answer your dating and relationship questions!

Sit down, grab a drink and listen in on a chat with these friendly voices, like you’re sitting down with two old friends having a great conversation. 

Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…”

In this episode, we discuss…

  • What it’s like dating in the middle of a global pandemic.
  • How will dating change now that the vaccine is starting to be distributed around the world.
  • Socks in bed: yes or no?
  • Why it’s important to wait before having sex with someone. 
  • What to do if you really like someone, yet the physical chemistry isn’t what you would like it to be.
  • What do you do if you don’t like the way your partner dresses?

Frustrated with online dating? Want Erika to makeover your profile or takeover your profile? Schedule a consultation to learn more. 

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Dec 23, 2020
#26 - That Episode about Sex with Dr. Jess O'Reilly
57:22

How do I ask my man to go down on me? Why won’t we have sex anymore? How do we keep it hot and sexy while we’re long distance or just distant because of the pandemic?

This week, we’re tackling your sex and relationship questions with Dr. Jess!

Dr. Jess O'Reilly is a sex and relationship expert with a background in education. Her research and passion involves teacher training in sexual health and she volunteers in schools and universities to help bring better sex and relationship education to students across Ontario. She’s also a television personality, author, podcaster and international speaker who has facilitated hundreds of corporate workshops and retreats in 35 countries.

Connect with Dr. Jess:

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sexwithdrjess/

Podcast on Apple - https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/sex-with-dr-jess/id1166227345

Podcast on Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/0sL5FqZrxCAa94DhntIm5M

Book - https://www.velvetlipssexed.com/shop

Website - https://www.sexwithdrjess.com/

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Dec 16, 2020
#25 - That Episode with The Ladies of Girls Gotta Eat, Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine
55:27

This week, Maria is joined by Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine, the co-hosts of Girls Gotta Eat podcast! Girls Gotta Eat is a comedy podcast about dating, sex and relationships. 

In this episode, the ladies discuss…

  • What it’s like dating in New York City in the middle of a pandemic
  • Whether it’s a good idea to have a booze-free first date
  • The pros and cons of the dating apps
  • The best way to date off of the dating apps
  • How to stop comparing different people you date
  • How long you should wait until you follow each other on social media
  • How soon to talk about what you’re looking for long term in a partner

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Dec 09, 2020
#24 - That Episode Where We Go Over Your Thanksgiving Dating Questions with Matchmaker Chrisoula
38:36

Last week, it was the 3rd annual Ask a Matchmaker Thanksgiving Week! Non stop dating questions answered on Instagram. And thanks to you, we were able to raise over $1,500 for World Central Kitchen!

This week on the podcast, Matchmaker Chrisoula Mavrianos from the Agape Match team joins Maria to go over the questions you sent in. 

This week, we discuss…

  • What is the proper etiquette for kissing when you start dating during a pandemic?
  • Is it okay to date people when you're spending time in other cities away from home?
  • What to do if someone you date isn't into the holidays the same way as you are.
  • Instead of hating or being angry at an ex, do THIS instead.
  • What would you do if you see a guy that ghosted you?

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Dec 02, 2020
#23 - That Episode About Sexual Trauma and Shame with Dr. Celeste Holbrook
43:17

One of our goals on Ask a Matchmaker is to have real, authentic conversations about all things related to love and relationships. Cut through the BS and talk about things that really matter.

This week is no exception. 

We’re talking about sex.

We’re talking about the sexual trauma and shame that we come across over the year. What it is, how to deal with it and how to talk about it.

Joining us this week is Dr. Celeste Holbrook.

Dr. Holbrook is a sexologist, speaker and author who has dedicated her life to helping women achieve soul-centered sex through perfectly planned mental and behavioral changes.  She inspires women to move through mental blocks surrounding their intimate lives to truly experience the sex that was spiritually designed for her.  Hundreds of women have dramatically changed their relationships by following the sexual and spiritual strategies that Dr. Holbrook has created and tailored specifically for them.  Her favorite moment is the spark that appears in a woman’s eyes the instant her sensual confidence is re-awakened.

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Nov 25, 2020
#22 - That Episode with Sexless in the City Author Kat Harris
52:59

How do you embrace your sexuality when you’re not having sex?

This week’s guest has such a unique story and lives such a unique life… and is the perfect person to talk about this!

Meet Kat Karris!

Kat Harris is a Brooklyn-based online educator, digital content creator, female empowerment advocate. Her vision is for women to know their beauty, identity and value. She is co-founder of the The Refined Woman and the host of The Redefined Collective Podcast. Her new book “Sexless in the City: A Sometimes Sassy, Sometimes Painful, Always Honest Look at Dating, Desire, and Sex” comes out in April. 

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Nov 18, 2020
#21 - That Episode Where A Token Straight White Guy Mike Seydell Answers Your Questions
39:28

That Episode Where A Token Straight White Guy Mike Seydell Answers Your Questions

Maria asked you for questions you would love an answer to directly from a straight white man… get the info straight from the source!

And she delivers with Mike Seydell - token straight white guy of the month! (Not his real title.) 

Mike works in Marketing and Events for various companies/industries the last 10 years. He is fascinated by people and how they interact with each other in various scenarios. He believes that in an effort to understand one-another we gain more insight into who we are and that understanding leads to a stronger and more empathetic society.

 

Things discussed include…

  • What do men really think about women that sleep with them on the first date?
  • How do you get out of the friend zone?
  • Why do men disappear after three dates?
  • How do you know if he really does like you?
  • How soon after a date should you text him?

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Nov 11, 2020
#20 - That Episode Where We Read Your Closure Letters with Chrisoula Mavrianos
37:50

It’s the day after the election. There is a lot at stake. There’s a lot of emotions going around.

So this week, Maria is here to help put a smile on your face with her sister and member of the Agape Mach team, Chrisoula Mavrianos!

We asked you to send us your closure letters. Those words you wish you could say to someone but you know it’s better you don’t. But you still need to get the words and feelings out!

We happily read them and put them out in the universe for you!

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Nov 04, 2020
#19 - That Episode with Your Manhattan Dating Tour Guide, Tiff Baira
50:46

She’s the post-millennial version of Sex and the City…. except she’s here to help guide you through YOUR dating and relationship questions!

This week’s guest is Tik Tok influencer and dating coach Tiff Baira. She hosts Take Me Out, a podcast that follows Tiff as she defines what it means to date in New York on her own terms.

Together, they answer this week’s dating questions.

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Oct 28, 2020
#18 - That Episode with Married at First Sight’s Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis!
54:05

This week, we have reality TV royalty joining us to answer YOUR dating questions! Their unique story of how they became a couple adds some unique insight into the dating arena.

Doug Hehner and Jamie Otis are the "OG" couple of the popular reality series Married at First Sight. After meeting at the alter 6 years ago, they are still happily married and have 2 beautiful rainbow babies, Henley Grace & Hendrix Douglas. Their journey to getting pregnant wasn’t easy, as they had many losses, however like Jamie says, after the storm comes the rainbow! Doug won Jamie over with his wit, charm and patience, just as Jamie won Doug over with her caring nature, and determined spirit. Now, they host the top podcast, Hot Marriage, Cool Parents together, and have a YouTube channel with over 50k subscribers. Jamie also host Married at First Sight: Unfiltered & they are currently filming Married at First Sight: Couples Cam on Lifetime.

 

In this episode, the three discuss some behind the scenes dirt on Married at First Sight, who should pay on dates, the mental health struggles that come with having a baby and how important looks play in first meeting a match.

Listen to Doug and Jamie’s podcast, “Hot Marriage, Cool Parents”

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Oct 21, 2020
#17 - That Episode with Maria’s Work Husband, Matchmaker Louie Felix
43:33

This week, you’re getting not one, but TWO matchmakers!

Joining Maria on this week’s episode  is her work husband, the Chief Operating Officer and Matchmaker at Agape Match, Louie Felix! 

Louie Felix is matchmaking industry leader. His corporate startup and acquisition background brought him to the forefront of the relationship industry when he was contracted for the acquisition for a high end Beverly Hills-based matchmaking company. From there, he went on to serve as the CEO of two of the country’s largest matchmaking companies, as well as simultaneously acquiring and running the largest dating company in California. With these ventures, Louie has been responsible for the successful matchmaking efforts of more than 50,000 clients worldwide. 

He joined Agape Match’s team in 2018 and is the “gatekeeper” matchmaker. He decides if new potential clients are a good fit for Agape Match or if they may be better suited at another service because, like Maria, he believes that your first match must be with your matchmaker.

Topics discussed this week include:

- How soon is it okay to meet a potential match’s children?
- Is it okay to be picky about a potential match’s education?
- Is it okay to try to date your neighbor?
- When is it a good idea to move in with a partner?

Schedule a call with Louie! 

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Oct 14, 2020
#16 - That Episode With NY Times Vows Parody Writer, Selena Coppock
56:46

Have you ever read the wedding announcements in a newspaper or magazine and just rolled your eyes? Sometimes it feels more like a bad chapter from a novel than real life. Heck, it feels more like some really odd flex than actually announcing your love for someone!

Well, our guest today loves taking those announcements and having some fun with them.

Meet the voice of the @NYTVows parody account, comedian Selena Coppock! 

Selena Coppock is a standup comedian, writer, author, and storyteller based in NYC. She is the creator and voice of @NYTVows, the parody Twitter and Instagram account that lampoons the New York Times Wedding section, the wedding industrial complex, WASPs, and courtship rituals of the rich and insufferable. She is also the creator and host of TWO WICK MINIMUM, America’s favorite and only podcast about candles.

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Check out Selena’s podcast, Two Wick Minimum, on Apple Podcasts

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Oct 07, 2020
#15 - That Episode About Race and Dating with Damona Hoffman
55:00

We’re living in a revolutionary moment in society. Conversations about race are at the forefront. But how does it affect dating? 

This week is double the fun! You get not one, but TWO love and dating professionals to answer your questions! Maria is joined by dating coach and media personality Damonda Hoffman! 

Damona Hoffman is a dating coach & media personality who starred in two A+E Networks' TV series: #BlackLove and A Question of Love. She’s a regular contributor to The LA Times, The Washington Post, NPR, CNN Headline News (HLN), BET.com, and more. She also hosts and produces the weekly podcast, Dates & Mates with Damona Hoffman.

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Sep 30, 2020
#14 - That Episode Where They Talk Politics and Dating with Charlotte Clymer
47:12

This week’s guest is truly a wordsmith. Not only does her articles resonate and make you think, her tweets go viral all the time. Just recently, Hillary Clinton even retweeted her!!!

What can we learn about the power of our words to build relationships with others, even getting that first date?

Charlotte Clymer is a writer and LGBTQ advocate. She recently finished a tour as the press secretary for rapid response at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Currently, she is working on her first book, soon-to-be announced.

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Sep 23, 2020
#13 - That Episode About Growing Up in the Children of God Cult with Flor and Tamar Edwards
54:00

How we grow up can dictate how we act in our relationships as adults, whether we consciously know it or not. We might learn about these habits the hard way.

How would growing up in a religious movement that some describe as an apocalyptic cult affect you as an adult? Could you imagine that? 

Today, Matchmaker Maria speaks with author Flor Edwards and her twin sister Tamar Edwards. By age twelve, Flor and Tamar had lived in 24 different locations across three continents. Always on the move to escape the Antichrist and in preparation for the Apocalypse in 1993, their nomadic childhood prompted Flor to pen her memoir Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times. Flor movingly describes her early life growing up with her family and 11 siblings as a member of The Children of God, a controversial religious movement that many describe as an apocalyptic cult. Tamar works in health and wellness and is currently in the process of receiving her certification as a sex and intimacy coach. 

Get Flor’s book, Apocalypse Child: A Life in End Times can be found on Amazon here.

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Sep 16, 2020
#12 - That Episode about Zoë Gulliksen’s Dating Disaster
01:11:02

We all have dating stories that are easy to look back at and see how we should have gotten out of it early on. Some are silly to look at and some seem so dangerous. But it isn’t easy to see what’s going on when we’re in the middle of it.

This week, Maria is sharing one story, hoping you might learn from it and maybe share this with someone that might be in the middle of their own toxic relationship. 

Sharing her story this week is writer Zoë Gulliksen. She’s worked at a wealth of different places including Gotham News, The New York Public Library, MoviePass, and Midtown Comics.

While working as a movie journalist she interviewed talent such as Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Colin Firth, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, and many more.

She’s written a blog post about her toxic relationship that has been seen by many people. So much so that anyone who has tried to date this guy since they find the blog post, saving themselves from potential disaster!

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Sep 09, 2020
#11 - That Episode Where They Bust Hollywood Romances with Gus Constantellis
01:18:47

We all have one of two things: a romance we’ve seen on TV or a movie that we LOVE and a romance we’ve seen on TV or a movie that we can’t stand. Maybe because we don’t like the people OR we think “There’s no way that would actually happen!”

So much of our society’s ideas on what a relationship could be or how it forms comes from movies. It’s screwed up how we look at romance.

This week, we’re doing something different. We’re diving into pop culture and finding out what’s good, what’s bad and what’s wrong with love and relationships in movies, TV and music. 

And we have our resident pop culture geek with us to help, comedian Gus Constantellis!

Gus Constantellis is a first generation Greek-American LGBTQ+ stand up comedian/writer. He regularly performs at Caroline's on Broadway, Stand Up NY, and all over the tristate area. He brings his unique perspective of growing up in NYC with immigrant parents to his standup, writing, and vibrant personality. If you’re Greek, you probably know him from the “Greek Mom” bits that we all are obsessed with.

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Sep 02, 2020
#10 - That Episode Where Jared Freid Didn’t Get Out of the Car to Ask For Larry Bird’s Autograph
01:01:17

He’s been answering dating and relationship questions for years on the JTrain podcast! Now he’s our special guest this week to answer YOUR questions… it’s Jared Freid!

Jared Freid is a comedian based out of New York City. His comedy is current and reflects the ordinary daily thoughts of everyone you know, especially if everyone you know is a millennial, obsessed with dating apps, trying to be a real adult and worried about their body. He’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar, Caroline’s on Broadway, and Gotham.

He hosts the JTrain podcast and co-hosts a modern dating podcast called “U Up?” with Jordana Abraham of Betches.

This discussed in this episode:

  • The REAL definition of “ghosting.” Plus, Maria shares her own ghosting story. 
  • Why your ex might be trying to slide into your DMs while we’re in a pandemic.
  • She’s been dating a married man for years. He wants to leave his wife for her. Oh yes, that’s an actual story this week.
  • Can you have an actual “online relationship?”
  • How dating has changed during coronavirus vs. “normal times.” 

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Aug 26, 2020
#9 - What Is That Episode With Jeopardy! Champion Buzzy Cohen?
51:08

What do Jeopardy! and dating have in common?

No, Alex Trebek isn’t single, he’s happily married, sorry to disappoint you.

But you can learn so much about how to approach dating and relationships by how top competing contestants on the show prepare to play the game. 

And this week’s guest is just the person to help… Jeopardy! Champion and Author of the new book, “Get Ready: A Champion’s Guide to Preparing for the Moments That Matter,” Buzzy Cohen!

Buzzy Cohen took America by storm during his ten-game run on Jeopardy! in 2016. His distinctive sharp look, broad knowledge base, and irreverent sense of humor captured people's attention like no other contestant had before. This led to coverage on the likes of Buzzfeed and Vanity Fair, as well as appearances on Good Morning America and Entertainment Tonight. Winning the 2017 Tournament of Champions only bolstered his position as a fan favorite - his gutsy bets and playful attitude with Alex Trebek and other contestants made his competition an all-time favorite for many viewers including yours truly. Cohen returned as one of the six captains for the Season 35 "All-Star Games" where his charm and personality took center stage among such luminaries as Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. He is often cited, by no-less than the NY Times, as a possible replacement host for Alex Trebek.

In hs new book “Get Ready- A Champion’s Guide to Preparing for the Moments That Matter”, Buzzy draws on his own experience as well as interviews with other top performers (from musicians and federal prosecutors to glassblowers and competitive coffee brewers) to teach listeners how the unique preparation method he developed can help them train for high-pressure performance situations in their own lives: interviews, exams, speeches, and even dating! 

Things discussed in this episode include…

  • Why women should feel confident to reach out to a man first. (it worked for Buzzy’s wife!)
  • The difference between planning vs. preparing and how to use it for your first dates.
  • How to get better at first dates and how to have fun with it along the way.
  • How to prepare for moments that matter in life so you can fully be in the moment when it happens.
  • The importance of intellectual compatibility in dating.
  • The order of what you learn what you’re compatible with in a dating partner.
  • Buzzy’s top three tips on dating and how you can use his Jeopardy! Preparation skills to make you a better dater.   

Get Buzzy’s book, “Get Ready: A Champion’s Guide to Preparing for the Moments That Matter,” on Audible.

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Aug 18, 2020
#8 - That Episode Where We #SlayTheMic with Jam Gamble
53:57

This week, it’s all about communication. How do you become a better listener? What if you’re dating someone that isn’t listening to you? We’re going to talk about how to be a better communicator AND how to be your most authentic self with #SlayTheMic queen, Jam Gamble!

Jahmeelah “Jam” Gamble is an award winning media personality, sought out keynote speaker, and CEO behind “Slay The Mic”, a program that helps aspiring speakers, content creators, and entrepreneurs transform their voice into their ultimate superpower. Through corporate training, Slay The Mic Masterclass events, virtual learning, private coaching, and now through her recently launched course on Thinkific, she has helped over 700 voices have learned how to #SlayTheMic.

Things discussed in this episode include…

  • Maria’s Three Top Tips to a Successful First Date
  • How to be a better listener, not only in dating but in all aspects of life.
  • The best text message you can send someone you’re not interested in.
  • A discussion on whether bowling is a great first date spot. (really!)
  • How to have a “Safe word” for when you and your partner are in an argument.

To sign up for Jam’s upcoming training events, visit https://linktr.ee/iamjamgamble

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Aug 11, 2020
#7 - That Episode with Silence Breaker and Relationship Columnist Jasmine Lobe
55:27

This week, Maria welcomes Jasmine Lobe!

Writer and actress Jasmine Lobe pens the relationship column, “The J-Spot", for the Observer. She has also written for Cosmopolitan, New York Post, Thought Catalog, The OkCupid Blog, New York Natives, and The Know Cultural Almanac. She's co-starred on Law & Order, Dirt, Cane, Retired at 35, The Human Giant, Hope & Faith, and acted in multiple web series and independent films. She is a Silence Breaker in #themetoo movement and is currently writing a memoir.

Things discussed in this episode include…

  • How to have a conversation with a potential partner about past traumas or situations in your past.
  • How to feel comfortable explaining any insecurities or questions you have with someone you are interested in dating.
  • What to do when you aren’t sure whether you should tell a guy you like him.
  • How to meet people when we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
  • The recipe to planning an in-person date during COVID.

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Aug 04, 2020
#6 - That Episode Where They Talk about Astrology with Chrissy Rutherford
46:29

This week, we have our heads up in the sky, looking at the stars...okay, it’s more like the astrological stars, but still! We’re digging into so many things, including how astrology plays into our lives with this week’s guest, Chrissy Rutherford!

Chrissy is a fashion and social media expert with over 12 years experience in the industry. She was the Special Projects Director of Harper's Bazaar digital before leaving publishing in early 2020 in order to grow her personal brand and recently launched a diversity & inclusion consultancy for brands.

Outside of fashion, Chrissy is a mental health advocate, music fanatic, and astrology lover who is always seeking the answers to life's bigger questions. 

Things discussed this week include…

  • How astrology plays into your dating life and those you attract into it.
  • How living back home with your parents has become “normal” during COVID.
  • Why people get put into the “friend zone” and what you can do about it.
  • The new rules of “zoom dates” and how to plan for an exit.
  • What it’s like moving back in with your parents as an adult. 

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Jul 28, 2020
#5 - That Episode with The Man who Believes in Love, Evan Marc Katz
53:20

This week on the pod, Maria welcomes her first male guest! Not only is he a good friend, you could consider him the male version of Maria-- in that no nonsense dating advice sort of way. And boy does the conversation get heated!

Billed as a “personal trainer for smart, strong, successful women,” dating coach Evan Marc Katz has been helping singles since 2003. He is the author of four books, most recently, “Believe in Love,” and has been featured in hundreds of media outlets, including Today, the New York Times, and CNN. Since 2015, Evan’s blog has had over 30 million readers and 12,000 women have graduated from Love U, his six-month video course that helps women understand men and find love. Evan is very happily married and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two children.

Even though they may disagree on some things, Maria and Evan bring it back to help dish out advice that you can use and relate to.

Things talked about in this episode…

  • What does it mean if your boyfriend watches p0rn?
  • Should you still be friends with your ex?
  • What does it mean if your ex is still following you on social media.
  • How do you find the right guy when you have a certain criteria for them?
  • Is it possible to know right away if someone is “the one.”
  • Is “once a cheater, always a cheater” true?

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Jul 21, 2020
#4 - That Episode with Head over Heels Author Hannah Orenstein
50:13

This week, Maria is quite excited for her special guest! 

Hannah Orenstein is the Senior Dating Editor at Elite Daily. She’s the author of three novels, including her newest release, Head over Heels: A Novel. She also was the youngest matchmaker for the largest dating service in the United States. 

Things discussed in this week’s episode include…

  • Why it’s important to have the “what are we” talk and not to put it off.
  • Maria’s theory on how long it takes to get over a crush.
  • How to take a COVID-era online dating situation offline.
  • Why having height as a dating criteria doesn’t matter in the long run.
  • How to become a Trophy Wife. (seriously, we talk about that!)
  • How men and women view first dates differently. 
  • Why “the one that got away” really isn’t and how it’s just a fantasy in your head.
  • A guide to vegans on how to date non-vegans and WHY you should give them a chance.

Pick up Hannah’s new book, Head over Heels: A Novel, at Amazon. 

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To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

Jul 14, 2020
#3 - That Episode about Narcissists with Dr. Ramani
01:14:34

It feels like narcissism has taken a bigger role in society in the last few years. What might start off as charming and great can quickly turn negative and unhealthy. 

How do we make sure we don’t get caught up with someone who is a narcissist? What should we look out for? How can you know if your partner IS one?

Dr. Ramani Durvasula (better known as Dr. Ramani)  is a licensed clinical psychologist in Los Angeles, CA and Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. She takes on our modern scourges of entitlement and incivility in the book  “Don’t You Know Who I Am”: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility She is the author of the modern relationship survival manual Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist.  The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and related high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. 

Dr. Ramani is an honest, authentic, and brutally honest voice on the struggles raised by narcissism in the US and globally.

Topics discussed on the podcast include…

  • The different types of narcissists.
  • Signs to look for if you think someone is a narcissist.
  • How to handle a narcissist if you’re in a relationship with them.
  • The best way to be able to back away from a narcissist. 
  • An honest discussion about the changing dating landscape in the COVID era.

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You can find Dr. Ramani’s books on Amazon

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To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

Jul 07, 2020
#2 - That Episode with The Negotiator, Fotini Iconomopoulos
01:02:51

Finding the right words in a stressed situation can be frustrating. You want to make your thoughts known and it can be tough to say it just right so your message gets across.

Not only is this an obstacle in dating, but in all of our relationships in life!

Hence why Fotini Iconomopoulos is here this week to help you navigate those tricky situations when you need to say the right thing at the right time!

Nicknamed “the negotiator” as a child, Fotini has been honing her skills her entire life.

For the last decade, she’s been empowering Fortune 500 executives and their teams to achieve their objectives through her expertise in negotiation, communication, and persuasion. She guides clients through high-stakes scenarios and creates customized intensive negotiation workshops for clients who want to further develop their teams across all industries.

When she’s not strategizing with clients, Fotini is a frequent guest on CBC and CTV Television, a professor of MBA Negotiations at the Schulich School of Business and offers her experience to non-profit initiatives.

Topics discussed on this week’s podcast include…

  • How to find the right words to say in a tense situation.
  • What to say to a friend when they’re dating someone you think is wrong for them.
  • How to manage your relationship using negotiation tactics.
  • How you can use negotiation tactics to help you through any situation.

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To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com

Jul 07, 2020
#1 - That Episode with the Online Dating Coach, Erika Ettin
52:00

It’s the first episode of Ask a Matchmaker! 

We start off this new series with a deep dive into the world of online dating! With the coronavirus pandemic, online dating has been taken to a whole other level. Since the in-person meeting options aren’t always available, how do you work through this new, uncharted world?

That’s why Maria has brought on Erika Ettin to answer your questions and help you navigate these different dating times! 

Erika Ettin is an online dating expert and dating coach who helps people navigate the world of online dating. Her expertise includes profile creation, photo selection and photography, message writing, and date planning. She is also the author of the book Love at First Site: Tips & Tales for Online Dating Success from a Modern-Day Matchmaker and the co-host of the popular dating podcast “So, We Met Online…”

Things discussed in this week’s podcast include…

  • The perfect first message to send a match on an app.
  • How to know whether a match is real.
  • How men and women scroll through dating apps differently.
  • Erika’s system on how to use an app so it doesn’t make you go crazy.
  • Insight into the new world of zoom and virtual dating.

Find Erika’s book, Love at First Site on Amazon.

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To learn more about how Maria and how her team can help you find love, visit agapematch.com. 

 

Jul 07, 2020
Coming Soon - Ask a Matchmaker!
01:14

Coming soon, you'll have the chance to ask all your questions about love and relationships to Ask a Matchmaker!

 

Hosted by four generation matchmaker and founder of Agape Match, Maria Avgitidis, Ask a Matchmaker gives you no-nonse insight into dating, relationships, compatibility, and love. Maria and her weekly special guest answer questions to help you venture through the jungle that is modern love. Whether you're looking for someone or you're happily taken, Maria will keep you inspired to keep going down the path of love every week, and hopefully gain a great tip or two to ignite the spark or keep the sparks flying! 

Have questions for Matchmaker Maria? Send them to askamatchmakerpodcast@gmail.com

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Jun 30, 2020