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Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year again … unless you are dealing with things like divorce, death, illness or any other myriad of life challenges.  The holidays can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, grief and stress, so if you are having difficulties with all the FaLaLa going on around you, it may help to know you are not alone. 

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your (more...)

How To Handle Your Child’s Faith When You And Your Ex Disagree

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When a person prepares for the numerous changes that come with a divorce, it’s easy to get caught up in the surface details. Raising your children in different households involves school schedules, sports activities, health care arrangements, clothes shopping, and car rides.
It is easy to forget about the larger picture, which may leave you unprepared to raise your children by the religion that you abide by. It is very common for people to question their beliefs (more...)

3 Things You Might Not Know About Worthy And Selling Your Jewelry

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I was on a trip to New York City recently and wearing my affiliate hat I contacted Judy Herbst at Worthy and asked if I could visit. They’re located on West 37th Street in Manhattan – no big, fancy offices (does anyone have those anymore?). I stepped off the elevator and there they were: the people who answer phones when you call to ask about selling your jewelry.
Judy gave me a tour showing me through each (more...)

A Key Component In Managing Anxiety and Being Happier

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I hate to say it, but anxiety, stress and unhappiness are an epidemic. Thanks to technology, social media and the expectation of constantly answering to others, our world has taken accountability to a new level, one which has caused so much added stress, frustration, and panic, almost, which  eventually leads to wrong priorities and unhappiness. There are countless articles on managing anxiety and being happier, but I have one idea that I feel will surely help.

Did You Know That Hugs Are Good For Your Health?

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If you are thinking about divorce, chances are you are feeling pretty lonely. If you are going through a divorce, you are probably feeling scared and lonely. And if you are dating after a divorce, who knows what you are feeling! Dating after divorce can be really fun, but it can also feel hopeless and lonely at times, like Mr. Right is never going to surface. There’s one thing that is sure to help with loneliness, and (more...)

How to Make Extra Money After Divorce

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With the holidays in full swing, it can be tempting to overindulge, especially if you’re going through a divorce. You may want to spoil yourself or your children so that the sting of life changes don’t sting quite as bad.
The National Retail Federation is already predicting the average American will spend over $1000 on holiday shopping this year. It all feels good at the time but when the credit card bill arrives those feelings (more...)

Stressed About the Holidays? Here’s What to Do.

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Well, Thanksgiving is done and we’ve survived Black Friday but we’re not through the holiday abyss yet.
This means we’ll most likely be dreading the stress, craziness, and visions of perfection shoved down our throats.
For many of us, the holidays can feel dark, lonely, and stressful—especially if we are going through or recovering from divorce. Instead of looking forward to beautiful decorations, the smell of baking pies, and holiday (more...)

Are You In A Bad Marriage During The Holidays?

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You know it to your very core. You’re done. You’ve lived in an unhappy marriage for far too long. The thought of your bad marriage during the holidays AGAIN is almost more than you can bear.
Watching your husband overindulge at holiday parties is unbearable. Listening to that fake laugh your wife puts on when she is trying to be social makes you cringe. You hate the way your spouse looks, acts, talks, and (more...)

14 People You Should Thank This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a holiday favorite for so many people…until you get divorced. Then Thanksgiving can become stressful and depressing at the same time, especially that first year. If this is your first Thanksgiving being separated, please know that you can still enjoy family and friends, and you can and should still feel gratitude for so many things, despite your awful divorce. In this week’s Love Essentially, I list some people who do amazing things, and (more...)

Going Through A Divorce During The Holidays Feels Like A Punch In The Stomach

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Advice for those going through a divorce during the holidays
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult life transitions a person can endure. Worrying about finances, the kids, and becoming a single parent amidst the intense emotional pain of the breakup can feel daunting, hopeless, and exhausting.

If that isn’t hard enough, add in the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and (more...)