Shireen McCleary

Bio

I'm a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Seattle. I love black and white photography, 90's music, bourbon, other people's dogs, and hilarious memes on Instagram. Find me at www.shireenmccleary.com

5 Reasons Men With Sisters Have An Advantage When It Comes To Dating

By Shireen McCleary
In a relationship, you hit certain milestones with one another as the two of you progress down the road of love. It's exciting as you peel away layers and reveal the real person hiding at the center. However, as a woman, it can still be a little…

5 Ways To Lessen The Blow When You Have To Break Up With Someone

By Shireen McCleary
Ah, the break-up talk. It's never easy, no matter whether you're giving or receiving it. When I was a teenager -- woefully unsure of myself and blatantly insecure in my relationships -- I jumped ship at the first sign of troubled waters. I had no…

You May Think You Want A Boyfriend, But Maybe All You Need Is A Pet

By Shireen McCleary
When we’re adults, there’s a lot going on. There is so much fluctuation in our lives, it’s hard to get a handle on what’s permanent and what’s still shifting. But I think there are three main pillars or categories of things we have control over. Our…

4 Things To Know If You Want Your Age-Gap Relationship To Last

By Shireen McCleary
One of my best friends is dating a man, a grownup with a successful career, all sorts of savings accounts and a house. She, on the other hand, is in the middle of her 20s, figuring out her life and feeling imbalanced next to her partner who's…

5 Reasons The Only Way To Find 'The One' Is By Dating Like You DGAF

By Shireen McCleary
In college, girls in my sorority started dating guys they met within the first month of their freshman years. Those couples stayed together throughout my wild college years and even past graduation. They posted engagement photos on Facebook shortly…

Faucet Feelings: How To Identify And Avoid This Classic F*ckboy Move

By Shireen McCleary
I’m standing in line outside of the trashy college bar my friends and I end our nights out at, despite the fact we’ve been out of college for years. That’s how I meet him. He (who looks similar to Brad Pitt after the number of drinks I’d had) and…

Buzzed On Boys: 5 Types Of Wine And The Men They Represent

By Shireen McCleary
I've drunk enough wine to tranquilize an elephant, and that’s just this year. I’ve also dated enough guys to typecast them before they have a chance to strut across the bar and give me a breathy, beer-smelling, "Hello." As a self-described wino and…

It's All About Timing: Why You'll Know When He's Ready To Settle Down

By Shireen McCleary
Miranda: Men are like cabs. When they're available, their light goes on. They wake up one day and they decide they're ready to settle down, have babies, whatever. And they turn their light on. The next woman they pick up, boom. That's the one…

Why 'The Spark' Is Not A Solid Way To Gauge A Lasting Relationship

By Shireen McCleary
I give serious credit to “the spark” when I'm considering a potential relationship. What is the spark? It’s that certain something you feel when you meet someone and there is a recognizable mutual attraction. You want to rip off his or her clothes,…

4 Reasons Women Have Better Relationships With Men They Meet In Person

By Shireen McCleary
As a 20-something living in the heart of Seattle, surrounded by would-be Filson models who sport North Face vests and sexy-looking beards, you’d think I'd be able to meet one of those hiking, mountain bike-loving dudes in casual conversation…