He’s been married TWICE before…!

wedding cake coupleI recently heard a woman say, “I’d rather stay single for the rest of my life than to be someone’s THIRD wife!”  She had just met a man that told her he has been divorced twice.

Be careful with statements like these.  It probably stems from your need for everything to be perfect, movie-like or fairy tale-like.  The reality is your future husband MAY have been married before.  And that is OK.

It is not a red flag that he has been married before.  The REASON that it did not work out, however, could be a red flag.

People get divorced.  Sometimes the fault is on one of them.  Sometimes it is both of them.

People learn from their mistakes.  Some men are BETTER husbands because they know exactly what they did wrong in their previous marriage.

You can have a preference on wanting someone who hasn’t been married before.  But I recommend never ruling out an entire category of people by saying “I will NEVER date” so and so.  Not wise.

You don’t know the package that your mate will come in.  You also do not know what he will have endured, gone through, suffered or overcome.  But he will be a great fit for you NOW, despite his past.  So give him a chance and don’t prejudge anyone.  Find out more before you decide anything.

That is all I am asking.  Ask the questions and see what you learn before you decide.

Check out this show I did a few years ago with a life coach that works with divorced men.  LISTEN HERE

And don’t forget, you are also not perfect.  Your guy will have to put up with and deal with your former mistakes, issues and areas.  But hopefully you have grown and matured from your past.  Give him the same courtesy.

Isn’t it time for YOU to find LOVE?  Join Kiki in her Married in 2 Years or Less Program.  Visit http://www.kikistrickland.com/program for more information.

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It’s a New Time to Find Love

2017Happy New Year!

You should be back to work and into the swing of the New Year by now.  How is it going?  What are you doing that is new this year?  Will you be in the same place you were last year, as far as your love life?  I hope not!

Some of you are finally ready to meet the right person for you.

On Sunday I will be talking with my MEETING MR. RIGHT group members about using this time, this start to a new year, to your advantage.  January is the month that more people than ever decide to go online.  More people join gyms.  More people take classes.  Whatever it is they have decided they want to accomplish, they start NOW.

And you can use this to your advantage to meet more people.  Are you a member of a gym?  There are probably several new members this month – go and meet them.  Welcome them to the club.  Are you doing online dating?  Look at all the new men who have joined and send them a flirt/wink to welcome them.

Since it is cold, there may not be as much mingling and getting out, but that only means that there will be more people online and they will be staying longer online.  Upgrade your package or increase your online usage.  Talk to more guys online than you did before.

If you need help with your profile (and you do if you are not getting the kind of attention you want from the type of men you want), sign up for my Online Dating Profile Secrets Session HERE.  We will meet for a session to craft/change/edit/create your NEW and IMPROVED profile so you can finally start seeing success.

And the main thing is to be EXPECTANT.  Anticipate meeting some great men this year.  Expect to meet them.  Your mindset is key.  If you go into this year telling yourself that it will be no different than the rest, it won’t be!  You create your own destiny.  You make things happen, good or bad.  So BELIEVE that he is coming this year.  And get ready for him!

If you want to be married in the next two years, contact me today!
Kiki Strickland

“Married in 2 Years or Less” Dating Coach

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You’re CRAZY to Date Him #2


This is the second installment of my new series, “You’re Crazy to Date Him!”  (Note, I am not calling any of you mentally unstable.  I am saying that it is temporary insanity to continue in this behavior).

Did you watch the new Lifetime movie on the life of Michel’le?  “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” is the story of R&B singer Michel’le and her rise to fame.  I only was able to watch the first hour before having to go to an event, but what I saw had me boiling!

Why do we stay with a man who looks at us with hatred and hits us like we’re a man?

Even though I saw a family member go through something similar, I never understood it.  I saw her struggles and told myself at the tender age of 10 years old that no one would EVER treat me badly like that.  And no one ever has.

Michel’le stayed with Dre, and then went on to another relationship with Suge Knight that was also somewhat abusive.  Her own mother had a warped view of love and had told her when she was young that men hit because they love.  Young and confused about love, Michel’le said that she actually believed that the more he hit her, the more it meant he loved her.

That is a sad story!  Let me just make it clear:  that is hogwash!

You are CRAZY to stay with a man that puts his hands on you, hits you or hurts you in any way.  I know that sounds harsh and not politically correct to say.  But really, your self-esteem needs a major overhaul if you would allow that.  No one has the right to hit you.   You should not allow someone to hurt you.

The movie made me so mad.  I watched in horror at the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ‘boyfriend’ Dre.  There is something mentally wrong with a man that thinks it is OK to beat up a woman, especially one he is supposed to love.  He is definitely crazy, demented and more.  I think men who abuse need therapy AND jail time.  Assault charges can carry significant jail time in some cases.

What is Assault under Maryland Law?
Assault is the attempted touching of another person, without that person’s consent, and includes the act of placing someone in fear of an intentional touching. Battery is the unlawful and offensive touching of another person without that person’s consent.  Under Maryland law, an “Assault” encompasses the crimes of assault, battery, and assault and battery.  From www.maryland-defense-lawyer.com/assault/

Beating/hitting someone is a CRIME!  It is against the law.  A crime has been committed against you.

Michel’le said that based on what she saw and was taught growing up, when Dre beat her up for the first time, she was terrified and GRATEFUL because she thought it meant he really loved her.

I believe both people in an abusive relationship need to get counseling/therapy.  And those in their lives probably need to be a part of a support group for the abused and their families.

If the man you are seeing belittles you in any way, makes you feel less than, ridicules you, talks down to you or calls you names, or hits, pushes, kicks or in any way physically harms you, LEAVE HIM.  Immediately.  If you keep going back to or staying with someone who continues to beat you up, you are CONSENTING to being assaulted and abused.  You are telling the person it is OK to do that to you.  You must stand up for yourself.  Get help and leave!

Nor should you hit anyone.   If you are hitting a man, he is crazy to stay with YOU.  You both have issues and need counseling.

I think back to the whole Ray Rice story and his fiance being knocked out by him in the elevator that time.  And if that was an incident made public because of the elevator cameras, just think of all the incidents that they must have had that were not made public.  I do not believe these incidents are one-time events.  If a man hits you once, it very likely that it will continue unless you get help.

I believe they are still together and about to have a baby.

I hope they are both getting the help they need.

Ray and Janay Riceray-rice

To read more about the Michel’le story:


Have you ever been afraid of a man you were dating?  Did you ever stay in a relationship that felt scary or unhealthy?  Has a man ever hit you or threatened to?  Leave your comments below if you want to share.

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You’re CRAZY to date him!

Check out the new series from Dating Coach Kiki Strickland called “You’re Crazy to date Him!”essence-com-photo
photo credit Essence.com
As a dating coach, I meet with women who are seeking to improve their love lives and finally meet the Right One, get engaged and start a family.  Over the years I have heard all kinds of stories.  One frequent story I hear from ladies looking for Mr. Right is that they have been wrapped up in a warped relationship with Mr. Wrong!
And sadly sometimes this relationship is with a MARRIED MAN.
They know this is wrong and that they should never have given him the time of day (unless they didn’t know that he was married initially, in which case they were fooled) but usually they are having a hard time ending the relationship with him.  In some cases they have been seeing him for YEARS.
And they realize on some level that being with him, or rather NOT being with him in the relationship that they want and need from a man, is one of the reasons that they have not been able to find the right man.
If there is any situation where you are crazy to keep seeing him, this is the one!
Here is what I say about you with married men:
– he had the nerve to give another woman YOUR ring and make a commitment to HER not you, then tries to come around you PART-TIME while giving her full-time love.
You are a secret
You get his leftovers
You don’t think highly enough of yourself to demand 1st place in a man’s heart
You have accepted second place
You believe in a man who has made lying a daily thing (to his family and to you.  Don’t think for a second that he is 100% honest with you about their relationship, he isn’t.)
Neither of you are being respected and cherished by him
You deserve better
To all the ladies that come to me caught up in a cycle with a taken man – whether he has a girlfriend or a fiance or a wife or he just won’t commit to you after all this time – I advise them to cut it off immediately.  The relationship has been a waste of precious time.
How can God bring you the gift he has for you when you are involved in the degradation of a marriage?  What room do you have for the man that is going to love and cherish you and commit to you when your heart is entangled with a cheater?  It does not end well.  End it now before it gets worse.
Once you set yourself FREE from that dead end relationship, you will come alive again, your spirit will soar, the blinders will be taken off and you will finally be on your way to true happiness with the RIGHT person.  Amen!
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Where all the Black men are!


The biggest and most frequent question I get as a dating coach from Black women is WHERE can I find a good man?

Well…that is the million dollar question!  WHERE is the type of man that you like?  What are you looking for?  What do you need in a mate?  Where would that type of man hang out?  What kind of events does he attend?  What kind of organizations is he a part of?

Think on these things…

You are in luck this week if you are looking for a man that is professional and cares about the Black community.  He will be in town this week for CBC – the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference.  I used to think that CBC was just for politicians or activists, but upon attending my first ALC Conference, I realized it has a little bit for everyone.  From seminars on Cuba & Haiti to uterine fibroids to natural hair care to recidivism to Black Lives Matter, CBC has a little bit of everything and everyone (celebrities included!).

You may have missed the Flirting 101 class I did on CBC, but you are in luck!  I did a blogtalk show a couple of years ago on Meeting Mr. Right in Three Days or Less and I talked about meeting potentials at events, conferences and annual meetings, much like this one.  LISTEN HERE.  And CBC is one of the best places.  So if you have any vacation time, sick days or even an extended lunch hour, run by this Thursday or Friday and check out the scene.  And don’t forget the receptions that take place after the conference for fun and dancing.

If you want to be married in the next two years, contact me today!
Kiki Strickland

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How NOT to succeed at ONLINE DATING

virtually in love show

Have you seen the show “Virtually in Love” on the Oxygen Network?  I have watched two episodes and I must say it is online dating at its worst!

Here is the description of the show from USMagazine.com before it began:

Oxygen is launching an unscripted series called Virtually in Love that centers on online daters traveling great distances to finally meet their significant others in person, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal.
The series, premiering May 24, will show the face-to-face introductions, followed by the ups and downs as the pairs learn more about each other and meet the other’s family and friends. The couples will then decide whether to continue dating in the same city to further their real-life connection.

The problem with the show’s participants is that they have waited months, some times even years, to finally meet in person.  In most cases they have been chatting online or via phone every day and feel like they are in love.  They have carried on a ‘virtual’ relationship and now they are finally meeting face to face.  In both episodes that I have seen, once they did meet and got to know each other better, the relationship fell apart.  In almost all of the cases each had held back some pertinent information about themselves.  That is very easy to do when you are only talking to someone via phone, chat or SKYPE for an hour.

In order to get to know someone well, you must spend quality time with them.  I am an advocate for dating online or meeting over the internet but it is just a MEETING.  You should not ‘date’ them over the internet.  I believe you should meet the person as quickly as possible to see if there is any chemistry IN PERSON.  If distance keeps you from being able to frequently meet up in person, that is OK.  Do not decide to become exclusive until you have met FIRST in person and confirmed your true interest (compatibility, chemistry, attraction).   If after that you want to continue the relationship and it has to be virtual, it can still work.  But long distance relationships are difficult and need to have specific perimeters, timelines and goals.

I am doing a FREE tele-seminar on Online Dating this Saturday to teach you how to be better at meeting the opposite sex online and to finally start getting the results you want.   One of my clients who got married last year (2015) met her husband online.  And another one of my clients who just recently got engaged and will be married this year also met her fiance online.

Online dating websites and dating apps definitely work.  But only if you know how to work them.  Join me on Saturday for tips and strategies.

Sign up on my homepage to participate:  www.kikistrickland.com

Online Dating Secrets – Saturday, August 13, 2016 – 8AM – 8:30AM (you can listen later as long as you have registered)

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Ask Kiki – I want to break up but my family loves him…

runaway bride

As a dating coach I am often sent questions about specific love life situations that women are going through.  I have decided to post some of those here in my blog because I realize that many of YOU are going through similar issues.  I have changed the names to protect the identities of the parties involved.  Feel free to comment below if any of these situations resonate with you.

Question from Haley*:

Hi Kiki, This is very hard for me because I feel like my family is going to throw a fit when I tell them I want to break up with my boyfriend.  They think he is The One for me.  But I don’t.  I would like to see other people but I know everyone, including him, my parents, my brother and the dog (LOL) is going to be upset with me.  He is a nice guy and I understand that but I don’t love him. Everyone is hoping we will get married, except me.  What should I do?  Thanks.

Hi Haley,

Thank you for the question.  I will get right to the point.  Even though I recommend going out on a few dates with someone you are not initially attracted to see if any chemistry develops, I do not believe in continuing long-term with someone that you are not feeling.

Don’t marry him.  If you are not feeling it, it does not matter what anyone else wants.  Your parents, brother, dog, neighbor, etc. will not be the one in the marriage to him.  It will be YOU and him.  And if you are not down with this program, you need to let him know and stop wasting his time.  If he is open to backing up and seeing other people, do it.  But if he says it’s all or nothing, be prepared for your family to be confused and upset.  But they will get over it.

Now if there really is nothing wrong with him and the problem is YOU, we need to talk.  If you are always running from great guys and hooking with the guys who are NOT good for you, that is another story and we should work together to find out why you keep doing that and if you have some fears surrounding marriage/commitment.  You could be sabotaging yourself, as many women do.  That is what a dating coach is for – to help you navigate this thing called dating to get you to where you really want to ultimately be in your love life.

But if it is not you, move on from this guy.  Good luck with finding the One you do want to marry.  Keep me posted!



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