I can’t believe it’s the last day of 2012. Wow, what a year. Some big accomplishments (speaking gigs and published author, published author!) and some mis-steps although no #epicfails. But I am still here and that is all that matters. There are so many people who touched my life personally, professionally and from a popular culture perspective (Whitney ) who are no longer in the physical world. I know I don’t want to waste any of the time I have left.
Usually as the New Year approaches I try to figure out what I will resolve to change in my life in the coming year. This year, for some reason in my mind I toyed with the idea of creating a Manifesto instead of making resolutions. The thought came to me a few days ago during one of my morning walks. I started walking during my separation because I needed the exercise and a few moments to gather my thoughts before I began my day with my children. I realized after a few months of walking that it has an extra benefit. I am of the opinion that my morning walks bring me closer to God. It seems that little voice inside of me speaks clearer and stronger when I am outside, stretching my legs and pumping my arms as I watch the sun rise over the horizon. It was at a moment like that earlier this week that it hit me. Write a manifesto expressing the objectives and opinions the 20 women in my book talk about in their stories and recollections!
I live by these objectives daily. There are so many women (and men) that I speak with about their efforts to live happier after the end of a relationship. They encourage me to continue to share the Living Happier After message with as many people as possible.
I attended an event a couple of months ago where I met a woman struggling to deal with her child’s father and his displeasure regarding her decision to end their relationship. I continue to stay in touch with her. We speak or text every now and then and I let her know she is in my thoughts and prayers. I also encourage her to stay the course on a positive note. I thought of her as the words of the Living Happier After Manifesto came to me as I walked in the cold morning air. We’ve discussed these things as they relate to her life and she told me how much they help to encourage and motivate her.
Now, in case you haven’t read my book, Living Happier After: 20 Women Talk About Life After Divorce (OK, what are you waiting for?) it’s about women trying to get happier after the end of their relationships. They talk about situations that span from that ugly period during separation through (and following) their divorces. The women talked to me about how they overcame abuse, desertion, infidelity and many other situations. These women who shared their stories are my ‘she-roes’ and their words inspire me in many situations almost every day.
I like to post quotes and stories in my space that motivate me and encourage me to stay on the right path. This was especially helpful when things were toughest for me during my separation. I had words from wise women on my bathroom mirror, office wall and even as the wallpaper on my cell phone!
With the assistance of a super-talented girlfriend, I developed this Living Happier After Manifesto as a typography design to use for 2013 as I start off this brand new year. I am really excited to share it with you.
One for Women
One for Men
I hope you like them. Feel free to download the PDF’s in 2 dimensions (8.5 X 11 or 11 X 17). I would love to know what you think about the Living Happier After Manifesto, so please leave a comment. Feel free to share, tweet, pin, Instagram and/or mass email this to all your friends and colleagues who might enjoy my little creation meant to boost your motivation!
I wish you much love, total peace and massive success in 2013.
Author, Living Happier After: 20 Women Talk About Life After Divorce
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