LaTrina’s interest in understanding the complexity of dating and romantic relationships began over a decade ago due to her own failed experiences and the failed relationships of others. In 2015 she began a personal blog, My Thoughts, My Path, which detailed her own life experiences, discourse on religion and of course her past relationships. After gaining interest she included a segment called Dating Dilemma Saturday. It allowed readers to send in questions and dilemmas to which she would respond every Saturday. Again, on a quest to help build better romantic relationships, the blog lead her to write the first book in a three book series titled “Dating Up”.
LaTrina explained “dating up” simply means having a foundation of self-love, without that people will always date down. To date down means to attract unhealthy people and enter unhealthy relationships. Each book in the Dating Up series explores different areas of dating. The first book is Dating Up: 7 Pitfalls to Avoid while Dating. It’s a short introduction to the series. It helps readers to re-evaluate some dating habits they may have unknowingly picked up. It challenges them to take a deeper look into their expectations of others and also their own self worth. Book two and three will be out later in 2017.
Due to the growing popularity of the blog and the Dating Up book series, LaTrina wanted to give it a voice. Feeling that more people could be reached through audio or video she decided to start a podcast. The Working on a Masterplan: Dating Up podcast debuted in July of 2016. Each episode has continued to draw in thousands of downloads since it’s introduction. In July of 2017, the one-year anniversary of the show, LaTrina decided she wanted to revamp the show. She wants the show to focus strictly on being single and dating. Discussing relationships is a natural progression when speaking on dating but she feels relationships began before the relationship starts. In her words,” If you won’t work on yourself while single, what makes you think you can work at being in a relationship? You don’t just become a good partner when you enter a relationship. You are who you are, before, during and after a relationship.” Although romantic relationships are eventually formed she feels focusing on being happy and healthy while single could help others avoid unhealthy, toxic relationships.
The new podcast is titled Working on a Masterplan: Single Life and Dating Talk. Look for a new episode every Sunday and Wednesday beginning in October 2017.
LaTrina is also very passionate about Domestic Violence Awareness. Whenever possible she finds ways to support foundations that helps victims of domestic violence.