Single Momhood

November 21, 2017

The Beatles were definitely right when they said, “To everything there is a season.” They were some smart, if not weird, men. They knew that nothing lasts forever, even though it might feel that way while you’re going through it. And nothing makes us more aware of the seasons of life than going through a huge change like divorce.

I recently decided to get a full-time job to help pay the bills while I work toward my dream of blogging full-time. And let me tell you what: while I’m writing this I’ve only been at this job 3 days and I’m already going out of my mind.

I am not employee material. I do better when I’m busy and don’t have time to think but I just don’t belong in a 9 to 5 job. This job has me sitting most of the day at a desk and it’s very slow here. So, I’m silently freaking out and simultaneously feeling like a failure because I wasn’t making enough money anymore being self-emp...

October 18, 2017

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Mom guilt is bad enough. But that regular mom guilt turns into a whole other animal when you become a single mom.

I don’t mean to say that moms who are coupled don’t have stress and guilt they are dealing with. No matter what your relationship status is you have a challenging job as a mom. But I’ve realized my mom guilt is different now that I’m a single mom. Sometimes it can be downright debilitating.

In this article you will learn:

  • How single mom guilt differs from mom guilt

  • How to manage your single mom guilt on the spot

  • How to help lessen single mom guilt in the future

All moms have most likely experienced mom guilt at one point or another. Guilt about making the right decision,...

October 9, 2017

Staying on top of your finances can go a long way toward maintaining a stress-free life as a single mom. Last week I wrote about how I don’t sacrifice as a single mom and why you shouldn’t either. And I still stand by that statement but I realize that this is easier said than done. As single moms we must sacrifice some things in order to get everything done in a day. And paying our bills and staying within budget are top priorities.

So, to give you some more practical tools, I’ve put together a single mom budget plan to help you manage your finances easier.

In this post you will:

  • Learn how to turn your budget into an enjoyable experience.

  • Create a financial checklist to stay efficient.

  • Learn about my favorite tool for staying on top of my finances.

  • Learn about ways to increase your income.

Let’s face it, balancing your checkbook and staying within budget aren’t very...

September 27, 2017

I still cannot believe how much stress I endured during my separation and divorce back in 2014. My friends and family were a constant support through that difficult time. I would not be where I am today without their love. I also unexpectedly found some free and cheap tools that helped me navigate divorce while keeping my sanity and happiness (mostly) intact. Below are these tools. I hope they help you through your divorce as well.

Google Calendar

My life got pretty crazy, pretty quickly while going through a separation and divorce. On top of all the other normal daily things I had to deal with, I was also managing an unexpected move, finding a job, scheduling meetings with lawyers and taking care of a 14 month old girl. And on top of all this were the, what seemed like, hundreds of unplanned "discussions" with my ex. There was also this new visitation arrangement to plan. Needless to s...

September 27, 2017

This article was first published on The HuffPost. 

Netflix was kind enough to release the first season of Grace & Frankie shortly after my ex-husband and I separated. Somehow the powers-that-be at Netflix knew what I needed most in my life at that time was a show about two 70-something women who are going through divorces because their husbands announced they were in love with each other.

I devoured that first season over a weekend and couldn’t wait for the next season. All the emotions I was feeling about my divorce - from betrayal to guilt to confusion and anger and heartbreak - were all realistically portrayed in every episode.

I’ve been divorced for over a year now and I still enjoy watching it. I’ve re-watching the first and second seasons and I’m pleased that I’m enjoying it even more the second time through.

Seriously, you need to watch this show! Call in sick today and binge watch...

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