Dating more than one person allows you to compare and contrast and see who rises to the top.

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"I guess in a way because it was like the universe was taking my voice away at a time when I was like, 'I don't even want this.' And the minute it got taken I was like, 'OK, hold on, maybe I do want it!

'" Her voice came back in full-force, and Prettyman recorded the songs that would end up on "Cedar Gold," released in October on Capitol Records.

And that was a miracle in a way because I had been coming from four years of being completely uninspired and felt like I was forcing myself to get back into music.

So that situation just totally kick-started my inspiration." A trip around the world that Prettyman, 30, describes as her "'Eat, Pray, Love' moment" also kicked her creativity into high-gear.

"As a dating coach I encourage my clients to cast a wide net and date more than one person until talk of exclusivity arises," Cantarella says.

One safe, effective and time-efficient way to start out is to trying online dating.

And with songs such as "I Was Gonna Marry You" and "Quit You," Prettyman didn't hold back when it came to addressing the break-up.

"I was definitely writing and going, 'I want to set the record straight and I want to set the record straight to you too because you're not getting it.' Not everybody gets that opportunity -- to write a whole album about your ex," the San Diego-based artist said about Mraz, whom she on and off for several years. I didn't want to trash everything and pull it apart.

"Many of my clients have this false conception that sexual intimacy is part of dating and believe that no adult man would be willing to wait for sex."She needs to move from being a we to a me." What to do instead: "Ideally, a recently separated woman should wait until she feels adequately adjusted to the separation, and genuinely happy with her independent life before she brings someone else into the picture," La Motte says.

Or perhaps, it's been a long time since they've been intimate with someone and they are craving the connection."This way, she'll bring someone into a happy, healthy scenario, rather than a traumatic one." If you choose to ignore this advice, La Motte says the best thing you can do is take things slowly.

I just got second row tickets to this show in Chapel hill in a few weeks. If you guys haven't ever heard Tristan Prettyman, do yourself a favor.