We had the good fortune of connecting with Tony & Alisa DiLorenzo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tony & Alisa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind our success over the past decade is consistency. It’s getting behind our microphones to record an episode of the ONE Extraordinary Marriage Show every week since we released the first episode on January 13th, 2010.
What should our readers know about your business?
Well, a combination of things. Both bumps in the road and a ton of work… and recognizing that valuing our marriage means giving it time and attention (and a lot of TLC) so it grows and flourishes. Relationships evolve and ours is no exception.
As a result of our journey, we created ONE Extraordinary Marriage to help other couples learn how to strengthen communication, build trust, and create intimacy. We have been married for 23 years and not all of them have been happy ones. We came together with every good intention and “forever” in mind, but then “life” happened and we found ourselves ill-prepared to deal with our marriage challenges.
Not only were we struggling as a couple, but we were also both struggling with our own personal hurdles. Our “bumps in the road” felt like mountains to us. We knew that in order to get to the other side, keep our family together, and experience a loving, intimate marriage, we were going to need to dig deep and address our circumstances head-on.
Together, we overcame Tony’s 18-year addiction to pornography, the loss of a child at 18 weeks, debt in excess of $50,000, poor communication, lack of collective interests, and broken trust. But, the key word here is “together.” We’ve learned some hard-knock-life lessons, and over the years, we’ve discovered the 6 Pillars of Intimacy that have kept our marriage (and sex life) alive and flourishing… and we did it together. We can do the same for you!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wednesday: Hang out at Swami’s Cafe for breakfast then walk along Hwy 101 to do some window shopping. Make plans for lunch at the Encinitas Fish Shop. Check for low tide so you can explore Swami’s Beach. Spend the afternoon at Moonlight Beach and then rinse off and have dinner at The Bier Garden.
Thursday: Drive to the top of Mt. Palomar via South Grade. Don’t miss out on the views from the observatory. Drive back down via East Grade to Mesa Grande and then head to Julian to grab lunch. Do not leave Julian without a slice of pie from the Julian Pie Company. As you leave Julian, take the 79 through Mt. Laguna to the 8. The views on Sunrise Highway are incredible. Take the 8 until it ends in Point Loma and have dinner at Humphreys on the Bay.
Friday: Make a day of it in Coronado. Explore the Hotel Del Coronado. Peek into every little store along Orange Ave. Rent beach cruisers and explore the city on two wheels. Cruise down the Silver Stand to catch the sunset from the patio at Sea 180 Coastal Tavern.
Saturday: Head out to Del Mar, before getting to the Torrey Pines State Beach North parking lot, grab a coffee from Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. Head out on the beach and walk north to 15th Street in Del Mar and then back. Spend the day exploring Del Mar and the other coastal towns. Make reservations for dinner at Zel’s Del Mar.
Sunday: Attend Awaken Church Balboa Campus. Grab lunch at In-n-Out Burger before hopping in a helicopter tour from Montgomery Airport to view the city. Once you are back on the ground, head downtown to walk around Seaport Village. Then cap off your trip with dinner at Ruth’s Chris Steak House Downtown.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our shoutout goes to the ONE Family. These are the amazing individuals and couples who have been by our side as we’ve shared about our lives and have, in turn, given us so much encouragement as they take what we share to make their own marriages extraordinary.
ONE Extraordinary Marriage