Here at FN, we’re a huge fan of happy endings, but we also know that it’s not always easy to find love—whether online or IRL. So when we came across 46-year-old Lori Levine’s Tinderella story on Redbook, we knew it was too good not to share.

Lori was 32 when she got divorced and confessed that she had had a hard time finding a partner. “I had zero interest in hookups or one-night stands, but when my friend showed me how entertaining it was to people-watch on this thing, I downloaded it on a whim. Pretty soon, when I was restless or waiting in line, I would just swipe, swipe, swipe.”

There were a lot of duds to be sure, but then she met Jan van Arsdale, a 49-year-old financier and father of four. “His profile caught my eye immediately.
Handsome and outdoorsy, his pictures showed him on trips around the world and also relaxing on the Highline. There was a fair amount of range in the photos, and I asked myself, 'Am I getting to know this guy...or this guy...or this guy?'


But then I used what I find to be
a good barometer for online dating
in general, which is asking: 'Would I
go out with the worst version of
I'm seeing?
' And the answer was an
easy 'yes.' I would talk to that
guy at a party.'”

The two started out texting, calling, and then eventually dating. This was a few years ago. On New Year’s Day 2015, Lori and Jan got married. It just goes to show that every love story is different. You could meet your significant other while getting a cup of coffee on your way to work, but he could also be your next swipe.

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