Name: Lee Reyes-Fournier
Blog Name: CoupleDumb
Blog Address: http://www.coupledumb.com
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Lee Reyes-Fournier co-writes the highly provocative and informative CoupleDumb.com, The Relationship Blog. CoupleDumb is a relationship site that covers everything from marriage to dating to parenting and everything having to do with creating lasting happiness. Lee is a professional psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working with couples, families and addiction. Lee has been writing about psychological issues professionally for over 10 years. You can catch her on her web series ‘Relationship Rehab’ or get her book ‘Dysaffirmation: Because this kind of stupid takes work. Lee also has ventured out into op-ed pieces of a political nature and was frequently featured in Voices for America, MOMocrats and the Democratic National Committee’s websites during the last presidential election.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Paul and I have been married for over 24 years and have 3 kids. Our daughter is 20 years old and multiply handicapped. Our boys are 9 and 6.
How do you relax?
I like hanging out with my kids and playing games. I enjoy reading, writing, playing baseball, meditate and practice chanting.
When did you start your blog?
January of 2009
Why did you start blogging?
We started blogging to create a writing platform for our fiction writing.
How did you choose your blog name?
CoupleDumb was a word we created and it came from the dumb things that people do to mess up their relationships.
What keeps you motivated and inspired to blog?
I receive emails telling us how much we have helped people. That kind of feedback keeps us writing and spreading the word that happy, healthy relationships are possible.
Where do you see your blog and yourself in 5 years?
I am a published author with both fiction and non fiction books on the shelves at Barnes and Noble. I see myself having a busy speaking engagement schedule. I see myself teaching at a university. CoupleDumb is still going strong and we have many contributors who share our vision of a happy world.
Biggest life lesson learned since blogging?
People are not as reactive to me in writing as they are in real life.
What is your secret to success?
Love what you do and do what you love.
What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started blogging?
SEO is the most important thing in the world and the most useless.
All bloggers encounter writer’s block. How do you get past this?
I don’t believe in writers block. I write anything until it makes sense.
What has been your sweetest success story?
Publishing our Dysaffirmation book and being written up in the paper that was syndicated everywhere.
Who are some of your favorite California bloggers that inspire you and that you enjoy reading?
Jessica Rosenberg ~ It’s Jessica’s Life
How long have you lived in California?
Born and bred- we moved to Florida for 16 years – and moved back 1 ½ years ago.
Where is your favorite relaxation location in California?
The South Bay- Where I grew up.
Do you belong to any other social media networks to promote your blog?
All of them!!!
Have you attended any social media conferences? If so, which ones?
Blogher, Disney Social Media Moms, Type A, SheCon, Blogworld
What was the most helpful thing that you have learned from attending a conference?
We got the most from networking and meeting with brands and relating to other bloggers.
Share your favorite quote or inspirational thought:
“Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.” Lily Tomlin
Tell us something that most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I am Hispanic and didn’t speak English until I was in 2nd grade.
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