Good morning, Trench Dwellers!
Our new series, Do You?, kicked off this week with myself and my good friend Melissa sharing our struggles with food addiction and obesity. We had hoped to do our first Google Hangout over the weekend to talk more about this trench with you all, but it didn't seem to be in the cards with me losing my voice and Melissa having a snow apocalypse in New England. We will try again another week!
Our second week in the Do You? series focuses on single moms. Three of my friends share what life is like after divorce and raising children on your own, what their world looks like after a judge states you are no longer legally married. Natalie, Kristen, and Heather all just want what is best for their kids and do all that is in their power to give them that. I know their stories—their journeys—will offer those in the divorce trench hope and encouragement. They also opened my eyes to the struggles they still face as they navigate parenting in a way they didn't plan for. I personally love each of these women for their strength, their determination, and their unconditional love for their children.
We still have openings in our Do You? series and are looking for women to share their stories in February:
- Do you feel the weight of loss and grief?
- Do you call yourself a survivor of abuse?
- Do you know the battle of addiction?
- Do you wake up every morning in physical pain?
If you relate to any of those questions, please know that you are not alone. Share your spark. Share your story. Get started by telling us about yourself and your trench: storiesfromthetrenches.org/stories
Founder, Stories from the Trenches
I'm pretty excited about single moms week. I somehow convinced three of my favorite women to share how they parent after divorce. I know the pain of divorce from a child's eyes, since my parents divorced before I was two years old. I have no memories of my parents married but plenty of memories of divorce.
So I admire my friends for wrestling with their own pain to provide for their children the best life with two different homes, two different set of parents. They have each made their homes into sanctuaries for themselves and their kids—and the place I go to drink a glass of wine and laugh with them. I hope you learn from and are encouraged by their stories as much as I am.
This week, we will be hearing stories about the struggles of single motherhood, a trench that relates to relationships (our stories this week are from divorced women) and parenting (including single moms who are not divorced). But the stories are just the start—continue the support, conversation and encouragement in the blog comments and in the forums:
The Roller Coaster of Weight
At my heaviest, I weighed 282 pounds. I wanted to throw the stupid, good-for-nothing scale across the room. My body was a reflection of my soul—sad, depressed, neglected, and emotionally drained.
Keeping a Promise
My mom struggled with obesity her whole adult life, and on her death bed she called me to her and made me promise I would start doing something about my weight and not wait until it was too late like she had. Of course, I made my promise to her, and I meant it.