Dating too soon after the divorce: I learned this lesson early. I was a dating disaster since I wasn't truly ready.I only dated because my ex had a girlfriend, and it was my way to personally retaliate. Starting to date again can be an overwhelming experience. I needed to work through my personal issues before I could be successful in dating.

According to a recent article on Match.com, single boomers over fifty years old are enjoying the benefits of their new status.

Seventy-five percent of women and 81 percent of men say that they are experiencing dating success.

My advice is to get out there, but avoid these common mistakes I see women make after divorce.

Not necessarily, but if you've been out of circulation for a while, the following tips will help you navigate the waters more easily.

From the authors of "Not Your Mother's Divorce" Excerpt from "Not Your Mother’s Divorce", a book offering insight and practical advice to women facing a divorce early in life.

Written for today’s generation of women who divorce young and don’t have children, the authors offer insight and compassion for those taking the roller-coaster ride of divorce.

Loaded with common sense advice, the authors discuss how to split the sheets while keeping your sanity, giving a general overview of the divorce process without going into too much legal detail.

This book deals with the reader’s emotional well being, with ideas on how to cope with all the feelings, handle other people’s reactions, become comfortable with the thought of dating again, and possibly even remarriage.

If you're still a little shy about entering the dating scene, you can always consider using an online matchmaking service such as Match.com, Chemistry.com, or Perfect Match, which have a lot to offer even if you live in a small town.

There is also Single Parent which is solely for single parents.

You just nibbled through an entire bar of dark chocolate. You are "out there" again, and the dating world has changed a lot since the eighties. Put down the chocolate; it really isn't so bad out there.