For the first time in a long time I was feeling more hopeful and less afraid of what was waiting for me as I emerged from my divorce hibernation. I was thinking of new possibilities, and feeling more comfortable with the thought of making choices for myself—without having to consider what someone else thought I should do, say or be. I realized I was getting ready for a new start after divorce.

As the day went on, I could breathe more freely and my neck and shoulders felt more relaxed. My energy was brighter, my heart felt lighter and I was certain something had shifted.

Although it took some time after the divorce, I now felt ready to put one foot in front of the other and take a chance on me. I felt inspired to do something to make myself feel better.

Looking back, it’s clear that I had to ride that emotional roller coaster until I found solid ground again. Only then could I move forward with a purpose that served me. I couldn’t force the process of loss, grief and loneliness. I had to go with the flow. And when I was ready, I knew it. I felt it.

When you’re ready, you’ll feel it too—that’s when investing in yourself will make sense. Give yourself a gift and incorporate these three things into your life.


3 Ideas to Help When You’re Ready for a New Start after Divorce

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From my heart to yours, when you’re ready …
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