By: Daniela Franco
Looking for love in 2012 for the first time in over 20 years, Michelle Ortega decided to pack-up and move across the country from San Francisco to New York City.
Ortega found herself a recent divorcee from a 13-year marriage and decided that moving to New York City would be her perfect fresh start. Ortega says “I was simply talking to my friend and she pointed out that I had always wanted to live in New York, so I decided right there and then ‘I’m going to move to New York.’” But being single in an unknown place was more daunting than she could have ever imagined. When talking about how she felt Ortega said, “I didn’t even know how to be single, I hadn’t flirted in 13 years. What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to go to a bar by myself? It was awful!”
Overwhelmed by the ever-changing dating scene in the 21st century, Ortega began to navigate through online dating and learning what it meant to be single over 40 in a city known for its youth.
“I talked to girlfriends and heard all these stories and disappointments, and frustrations and some joys. I decided we needed to figure this out. There has to be a better way, there has to be some inspiration. We can learn things from people. How do you put yourself out there and find a special someone?” said Ortega.