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The Short Version: In her work as a dating coach, author, and blogger, Dee Simone is determined to change the dating landscape for the better. Every week, she writes empowering articles on DeesDatingDiary.com for single women seeking committed relationships. Her book, “Picking Up the Pieces,” provides more in-depth guidance on post-breakup dating strategies and has inspired many readers to stop repeating the same mistakes. Dee also coaches relationship-minded women in one-on-one sessions where she gives specific need-to-know advice on how to attract and maintain a healthy relationship. By informing singles about dating etiquette and building up women’s self-worth, Dee hopes to put an end to the negative dating patterns that leave singles confused and broken-hearted. “It means so much to me,” she said, “to help women change and love themselves on a whole other level.”
About four years ago, Dee Simone decided to leave her career as a licensed attorney and seek more emotionally attuned work. “There’s not much room for emotion in law,” she said. She was a skilled mediator with a bachelor’s degree in sociology — but her true passion lay in counseling people on how to cultivate more fulfilling relationships.
Dee’s friends had always come to her for dating and relationship advice, and over time she realized most of their problems stemmed from a lack of confidence. “We’re all going through the same issues with men and relationships,” she said, “so I decided to reach out to as many women as possible by starting a blog and writing a book about dating.”
Today, DeesDatingDiary.com shares valuable love lessons in weekly articles geared toward single women everywhere. Her central message is one of female empowerment. “I see a lot of beautiful, intelligent women settling for whatever they can get,” she said. “I just want to tell them, ‘You are better than this.'”
According to Dee’s dating philosophy, when a woman knows her worth, she causes men to treat her better, and that can change the dating ecosystem one relationship at a time.
Dee also coaches women one on one, offering practical exercises and feedback to help her clients reach their dating potential. She does whatever she can to give advice online, over the phone, and in print. Her self-help book, “Picking Up the Pieces,” further encourages women who have been through heartache to pick themselves up and move forward with renewed hope and confidence.
“I want to do something that really changes people,” she said, “so my focus is on revamping those false beliefs about men or about dating that hold us back.”
Dee runs a coaching business to guide women through specific dating challenges. She described her typical client as a woman in her 30s with a successful professional life but a problematic love life. “These are smart women,” she said, “who just don’t know how to meet the right man in this day and age.”
During sessions over the phone or online, Dee emphasizes dating fundamentals while tailoring her advice to the needs of individual clients. She addresses big-picture issues like low self-esteem as well as smaller scale problems like becoming intimate with a guy too soon. Dee also helps women build confidence and self-awareness by giving them exercises to do on their own. That way, they can continue developing their relationship-building skills after the session is over.
Dee applies some of the skills she learned as an attorney to her dating coaching practice. “Being a certified mediator has been really helpful because it gives me skills for dispute resolution,” she said. “If you’re in a relationship, there are going to be disputes, so you have to have good tools for getting through disagreements and into a positive place.”
Over the years, Dee has built a solid reputation as a dating guru for women. Nearly 4,000 followers have signed up via email to receive new blog posts hot off the presses. Some people send her private messages asking follow-up questions or looking for guidance. Dee said her main goal is simply to help single women find happiness so she gladly responds with a little free advice to anyone reaching out to her for help.
Of course, Dee can have a more lasting impact by taking clients on in coaching sessions. Her one-to-one guidance has helped women attract the type of men they deserve and some have gotten into committed relationships within a few weeks.
“I love seeing my clients’ progression,” she said. “Even if they don’t end up in a relationship or married, I love seeing them set higher standards for their dates — those little wins are huge to me.”
Dee’s Dating Diary gives single women an informational resource on how to date Mr. Right and avoid Mr. Wrong in the modern dating world. The tagline of Dee’s blog is “delivering need-to-know dating advice,” and she certainly lives up to that motto. Her blog posts explain what signs to look for and attributes to value when entering a relationship. Dee has also posted several podcasts to delve into popular dating topics, including phone etiquette and what it means to be a strong single woman.
Her “Red Flag” articles get a lot of traction because many women have experienced bad boyfriend behaviors such as pulling a disappearing act. Readers can relate to the frustration and appreciate Dee’s no-nonsense advice on the matter.
“Consistency lets you know that a man is who he is claiming himself to be. A man’s words must align with his actions!” — Dee Simone, professional blogger and author
“The harsh reality is that he’s not into you at all!” Dee writes about men who fall asleep when they’re supposed to be on a date. “Let a man go after you so that you don’t force yourself on someone [who] just isn’t that into you.”
“Stop Treating Your Boyfriend Like Your Husband” is another popular article because it urges women not to make a serious commitment too soon. According to Dee, if there’s no ring on your finger, you shouldn’t be uprooting your life for a man. Even though it was posted in April 2014, this article still gets lengthy comments from women who see their relationships in a new light and want to thank Dee for helping them improve their love lives.
“Best advice. I hope every woman reads this.” — Maya in a comment on “Stop Treating Your Boyfriend Like Your Husband!”
“This article gave me some comfort in [knowing] I am not the selfish crazy one who still wants my own life,” wrote Haley in the comments section. “I have been dating a guy for four years, and I cannot believe how much of myself I have given up for him.”
Dee often replies to readers in the comments to let them know she’s listening and cares about their individual problems. “Thank you so much for opening up about your relationship,” she wrote back to Haley. “You definitely aren’t being selfish or crazy.”
“I want dating to be different overall,” Dee told us. “Dating is so backward today. We give our bodies up so quickly and for no commitment. A lot of women settle for Netflix and chilling on a first date because they want to go with the flow and don’t feel comfortable asserting themselves.”
Since it was published in 2017, “Picking up the Pieces: Rebuilding Yourself for the Love and Relationship You Deserve” has made a splash in the dating industry by tackling the issues and fallout of heartbreak with compassion and clarity.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part prompts readers to look inward and consider how their false beliefs or negative mindsets have held them back in the dating world. The second part outlines what to do to change those bad dating habits or thoughts and make a life-changing journey toward a fruitful relationship.
If you’ve recently gone through a breakup and worry that your Mr. Right isn’t out there, you can find encouraging messages and positive solutions in the pages of Dee’s book.
Dee takes a practical approach to love and relationships; her book provides useful tips and real-life exercises to help readers not make the same mistakes next time. Even male readers find comfort and motivation in the chapters about self-worth and positive attitude. “She helped me understand and see a little better a woman’s mind and psyche,” one male reader commented in a glowing review. “I will definitely recommend this book to a number of my female friends and also definitely to my two daughters.”
Dee’s words of wisdom have touched readers of all ages, and the book has earned a five-star rating on Amazon. “This book is an inspirational guide for women of all ages,” an anonymous Amazon customer wrote in a review. “We need more books like this that do not focus exclusively on the dating game, but rather on motivating and empowering readers.”
Dee changed professions and entered the dating industry to make a difference in the lives of women who settle for less than they deserve when it comes to relationships. Today, she motivates her readers, listeners, and coaching clients to put their emotional needs first and expect better treatment from the men they date.
In the coming years, Dee said she hopes to do more work as a motivational speaker and give talks geared toward survivors of sexual assault and rape. Her passion for making a difference in the lives of women motivates her to continue pushing her boundaries and striving toward success.
“I envision a world where dating has improved for women, and that’s what I’m working toward,” she said. “I’m building up their self-worth so men as a whole start treating women with more respect.”