40 Songs for Hard Times: Break-ups, Grieving & Bad Days

This song list is full of reflective, comforting, uplifting songs for hard times, whether that be a break-up, grieving a loss, a really bad day, or any time you feel sad or frustrated and need to let your feelings out. Youtube videos and spotify playlist included.

Music has the ability to calm my heart and soothe my soul when I am having a hard day or going through something especially difficult in my life. There have been many songs that have given me strength and peace. Do you have any favorite songs for hard times?

This song list is full of reflective, comforting, uplifting songs for hard times, whether that be a break-up, grieving a loss, a really bad day, or any time you feel sad or frustrated and need to let your feelings out. Spotify playlist at the end.

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How to Be Happy When You’re Single Again

How to heal after a divorce or break-up and be happy when you're single again. Don't get stuck in the past, happiness and joy is just around the corner!

It can be really hard to be happy when you’re single again after a long-term relationship. Several years ago, I found myself single with 3 little girls after being married for 10 years. Those first few months I was single again threw me for a loop and it took awhile to feel like my head was above water. But, it did happen! I got my feet back on the ground and began to create the life I wanted for myself and my kids. Here’s some ideas on how to move forward and find happiness again as a single person.

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Surviving Valentine’s When You’re Single

7 Tips on Surviving Valentine's Day When You're Single
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There seems to be a lot of expectations about Valentine’s Day. It can feel like a day full of couples and romantic love, so if you’re single, suddenly your singleness feels more pronounced than ever. When I was divorced, I decided that Valentine’s Day didn’t have to be a day about romantic relationships, it could be a day that simply celebrates love. Love for myself, love for my kids, my friends, neighbors, etc. It can be a day or week to enjoy being surrounded by color and fun during the drab cold days of February. It was a paradigm shift for me. No longer did I need to feel sorry for myself because I had nobody to love me, because in reality, I did! I didn’t need romantic love to feel loved.

Here’s 7 ideas on how to embrace Valentine’s Day even when you are single:

1. Brighten up your home. If you like flowers, buy yourself your favorite flowers and put them in a pretty vase. If you like Valentine’s decorations, put some up and enjoy the fun of the season.

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Blended Family Tips: Who Should Discipline?

How does discipline work in a blended family? Should the stepparent discipline or take a step back? What's best for the kids and unity in the family?
      Photo by Upsilon Andromedae @ flickr.com

One of the hardest things about blending a family after divorce and then remarriage is trying to figure out new family rules, especially those involving discipline. The rules your kids are used to are not likely the same rules the other children had. How do you create a unified blended family and prevent chaos and confusion? Who is in charge of disciplining and how does that work? These are some tips that helped my spouse and I navigate this tricky territory in our blended family, along with other tips that I’ve found that I wish I had know back then. We have now been married five years and we and our kids have come a long way. Things are far from perfect, but time and effort creates great progress.

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Blended Family Tips: Loving Stepchildren

Tips on how to love your stepchildren and connect with them easier.
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When you fall in love with someone that has kids, there’s an extra challenge added into the marriage. How do you connect and possibly love your new stepchildren? While most newlyweds have at least a year or two to get to know each other as husband and wife before they start a family together, your marriage comes with kids in tow. Although this will be challenging, it’s something you can manage if you have the right expectations and are willing to work for the results you want.

Here’s some tips that helped me and my husband navigate our first few years together as stepparents:

1. Realize that not everybody loves their stepchildren right away, and that’s ok! You and the kids need to get to know each other and build your relationship slowly. Love is not an automatic response for most people. You may not feel love for a long time, but you can act in a loving, kind manner like you want to be treated.

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