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Lessons From the End of a Marriage

A “How to Thrive” Guide After Divorce

Today, I’m Grateful

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Today, I’m grateful for an amazing start to the new school year. My 8th graders threw me an incredible birthday surprise a few weeks back and each of them wrote me a special note. It took me days to read them because the tears kept flowing.IMG_E1011837700C-1

Today, I’m grateful for an amazing – and totally badass – husband. He competes in the Atlanta Open next weekend and in an NFC fight the following weekend, both as a BJJ black belt. But even more importantly, at home he always fights for his family.

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Today, I’m grateful for two weekends in a row spent with my dear friends. Yesterday we went apple picking. Despite the heat, we had a great time, with the highlight being the hilarious combination of animals in the petting zoo.

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Today, I’m grateful for the incredible community on Twitter that I’m honored to a part of. I love seeing people who have been hurt turning it around into something beautiful to share with the world.

Today, I’m grateful that my mom is about to embark on a trip that has great meaning to her. Despite her physical challenges, she has managed to keep traveling.

Today, I’m grateful for my health. After a scare a few weeks ago about a possible retinal detachment, my vision is slowly improving. I’m hopeful for good news from the doctor tomorrow.

Today, I’m grateful for an upcoming trip to the Keys with my husband. I love traveling with him and I’m looking forward to the forced downtime. I’m especially excited about the prospect of night kayaking.

Today, I’m grateful for family. I will get to see many of them in a couple weeks, including my grandmother who is now 100 years old and one of the wisest people I know. And the visit will be in Wisconsin, so even if fall is still on backorder in Atlanta, I’ll get to enjoy some cooler air.

Today, I’m grateful for my puppies. Kazh is healing after tearing off a nail and Emma (who makes bad decisions) is fine after going through the front window (for the third time). Snuggles with them are the best.

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2 thoughts on “Today, I’m Grateful

  1. You are an awesome lady and so deserve all the love and good that you have in your life. You are an inspiration to me that there can be true healing after a life changing traumatic event. I have already strengthened my bond of love with my wonderful family members and friends. They teach me so much about choosing what is truly important in this life. They show me that I matter. I look back much less frequently to the partner and family that did not see my worth and so easily walked away and left me to fend for myself, after giving them so much of me. My current challenge of choice is embracing my grown step children, though they bring up memories that hurt, I want to be strong enough to embrace them as the people they are and let them know I will not abandon them. I want to be able to express the love and pride I feel for them and the lives they have made for themselves.

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