1. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.
This is the first and most important rule. If you can't be yourself right from the start, it's not going to work. Take some time to figure out who you are and what you want before starting to date again. It's worth it.
2. Don't be afraid of online dating.
People think that online dating is the last straw, but why? What's wrong with online dating? I'm not saying make a Tinder and meet up with every guy you're matched with, but check out your options. It shows you what's out there for you to consider.
3. Have some faith in others.
You're taking this advice from the queen of not being able to trust people, but something I've learned in my attempt to get back out there is that you can't go into it with a bad attitude. You might meet someone whose perfect for you, but if you go into it with the mindset of "I don't trust this person", you'll never know the truth. Have some faith in the people you go out with. They may turn out to be awesome.
4. Try something outside your comfort zone.
In the past, I've dated liars, cheaters, and guys who pretended they weren't with me. Name it, I've probably dated it. But with this new mindset of being open to dating, I've realized that I date the same type of guy over and over, the assholes. I always felt I was better than the nerdy guys or the guys that I didn't fall for based on their looks, but that's not the case. Go on a date with someone you wouldn't normally think about, and if it doesn't work out, at least you tried.
5. Take your friends advice, but not if it's bad advice.
I've been told many times by my friends that certain guys I like are assholes, and I didn't listen. That advice, you should ALWAYS take. But there have been times where I didn't even give someone a chance because of something my friends said. If you feel he might be worth it, give it a try. Your friends aren't always right. Take how you feel into consideration as well.
6. Have fun.
Here's something I never realized about dating, it can be fun. Who cares if you don't find your soul mate right away, just have fun while you're looking. There are so many different types of guys out there, you should be able to enjoy the dates you go on. Even if it turns out to be a horrible date, walk away and laugh at it. It doesn't mean you're a bad person or you're never going to find the one. You will. It just may take time to get there. Enjoy it while you're young and date all kinds of people. That's what dating is truly about, isn't it?