The other day my girlfriend called up to regale me with yet another of her single and fabulous stories. This one involved cocktails, a hot tub and a couple of sexy strangers. It reminded me of my own single days, and for that matter my own pair of sexy strangers. After we hung up, I got to thinking about the experiences that defined my time as a single gal.

From going out dancing ‘til the wee hours of the morning to the possibility of meeting Mr. Right at any given moment and even the occasional—and unavoidable—bad date. Without those amazing and eclectic experiences, I might have felt like I was missing out now that I'm happily hooked up. So, from one formerly single and fabulous gal to all my single and fabulous friends, here, as I see it, are the top 10 experiences every savvy single should consider:

1. Date. A lot.
You know that story about the fabulous single girl who never dated until she met the man of her dreams and then lived happily ever after? Neither do I. The truth is, dating is a numbers game and you gotta be in it to win it. So get your flirt on and get out there! From online dating to singles events to making conversation with random cuties in the grocery store, latte line, or just walking down the street, it's up to you to put yourself out there and see what happens.

2. Live alone.
While shacking up for the first time with a boyfriend is exciting and having roommates can be fun, there's no opportunity to really get to know yourself quite like living alone. Plus, you can strut your stuff naked while listening to Madonna without anyone judging you.

3. Pursue a passion.
Got skydiving on the brain? Are you secretly harboring a desire to write the Great American novel? Or maybe you've always wanted to paint a Parisian sunset. Regardless of what that deep-seated passion is, give yourself permission to pursue it while you're footloose and fancy-free.