09/21/2010 07:05 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'51/50': 51 Dates In 50 Weeks (PHOTOS)

I had just turned thirty. I was working as a secretary. And more often than not, I would leave work, go to the gym, and retire to my bed to watch CSI reruns while eating ice cream sandwiches... alone. I knew this was not supposed to be my life. Something had to change. So I decided I would give fate the middle finger, I would go on 51 dates in 50 weeks, and I would change my life. Welcome to 51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life (Soft Skull Press, $15.95) - using online personals, a sympathetic boss, a magical healer, and good old fashioned blind dates arranged by friends, I embarked on a whirlwind romantic, personal, and spiritual quest. Because though I went looking for a man, I found out just how magical life can be when you actually get out there and start living it.