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 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Steps to Connect with People

Who do you connect with? People from different walks of life or only your tribe? These days with the strife our country is experiencing it's important to be a connector not a... — Updated 9/29/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Positive Living Series

Perspective is the difference between living your life with a gloomy, dark cloud over you or a lifetime of warm, sunny days. Why do many people choose to view life so harshly? Yes,... — Updated 5/18/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Positive Living Series

Do you know the difference between individuals who are positive and those who are negative? People who live a positive life make choices everyday to maintain that lifestyle.... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

3 C's of extraordinary relationships

Compassion. Celebration. Choices. Each of these core principles deserve their own space; however, I'm at the end of my Top 10 Core Principles of Extraordinary Relationships Series... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

You're no fun

"You're no fun." My then 2-year-old son scolded me when he wanted something I wasn't willing for him to have or do. I don't remember the situation, but I remember his words. His... — Updated 3/16/2021

 

Honey, we need to talk

"Honey, We Need to Talk." Can you see the husband's eyes roll to the back of his head while he exhales a deep, labored breath, and his shoulders drop? Those five words can strike... — Updated 3/9/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Fight to laugh another day

"Fight to laugh another day" isn't something we normally hear. But this includes two practices that people who experience extraordinary relationships actively do. They know either i... — Updated 3/2/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Shared Faith

People in extraordinary relationships know core principles are used to create long-lasting, healthy relationships. Previously I've written about honesty, loyalty, and commitment.... — Updated 2/16/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Stop Comparing

Marriages have similar core principles and standards; however, it's not good to compare your apples with other people's apples. We aren't all in the same place nor do we have the... — Updated 2/9/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Positive

The core of any extraordinary relationship has basic principles of honesty, kindness, forgiveness, encouragement and more. Every relationship includes negative and positive parts.... — Updated 2/2/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Commitment

The year 2020 was rough on relationships. Life changed and we had to adapt. Our schedules were wrecked, and we had to find a new normal. Simply said ... life was not the same. I thi... — Updated 1/12/2021

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Honesty

One of the top 10 principles of extraordinary relationships is honesty. It seems so basic, but without it your relationship is doomed for failure. We all know at some point the trut... — Updated 10/28/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The Connections Expert: Faith. Know. Act.

The West Coast is on fire, and our nation is smelling smoke. What can we do to help? How can we connect with the people who are hurting the most? What can we do about the fires,... — Updated 9/23/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The Connection Expert: Parental Choices

By now, most parents and school boards have made the decision how they will manage COVID-19 and the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. It hasn't been easy on anyone ... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

The School of Love

Would you say you are a student of your husband, wife or significant other? Do they study you? I was listening to a comedian who said he loves being married and he studies his... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Burn Baby Burn

What would you do for the one you love? Would you serenade in a crowded restaurant? Would you hike the highest mountain or swim the largest seas? Or would you leave everyone and... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

What's my part?

What's my part in the changes happening around me? That's a question I've wrestled with lately. What can "I" do? I grew up a military brat, mostly overseas, in a united... — Updated 7/15/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Celebrate Independence Day!

Holidays are a wonderful time to connect to those you love and even those you don't know yet. Let's think of some creative ways to connect this July 4th. • For people you know... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Kind

Today's average price for a gallon of gas is $1.84. Nice to have more money in our pocket at the gas pump. The average gallon of milk cost $2.29, a loaf of bread is $2.55, while an... — Updated 6/10/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Understanding

This pandemic is a great time to practice understanding because we all have fears and concerns. While some of us are awesome at expressing our needs, others are not. There are... — Updated 6/3/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Hopeful

Don't you love that feeling of anticipation, of hope before Christmas morning? You expect or trust something will be amazing in the box covered with bright colored wrapping paper.... — Updated 5/27/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Be Flexible

Don't wear masks? Wear masks? Go to work? Stay at home? It's a fact, life all over the world is different. Some things will change, and other situations will remain the same. When... — Updated 5/6/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Make it memorable!

Connecting during the coronavirus pandemic is easier than it was during the Spanish Flu or the Black Plague. We have access to online calls to see each other's faces, social media,... — Updated 4/22/2020

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Extraordinary requires faith. Faith in God. Faith in each other. Faith in your relationship.

A simple thing you can do to change from ordinary to extraordinary is to have the same spiritual belief. Before marriage it is important to know each other's beliefs and what they... — Updated 7/31/2019

 
 By DeeDee Lake    Opinion

Ordinary to Extraordinary Series

I've got a secret to share. I know how to change your relationship from the ordinary, regular ol' expected connection to extraordinary. Willingness to Change It isn't grand... — Updated 7/24/2019

 

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