The D Word

Nov 6

This post has been a long time coming and don’t know what direction it will lead – so bear with me. I’ll let the feelings / thoughts flow unedited. This could be long or short. We’ll see.

I’ve made the choice to share this life-changing update because this is a personal(ish) blog. My blog. A lot of thought and care has gone into this post becoming a live piece of reading material. Countless drafts in my mind have been prepared and agonized over. The internet is sometimes (maybe all the time) a big, scary place and you never know where your writing will end up. I also care deeply about everyone involved – most importantly my children – so sharing on a smaller scale feels better to me. But ultimately, sharing and opening up is the right thing FOR ME to do FOR YOU guys. Just so you have an understanding of what I’m going through, up against, what might be keeping me up at night, why maybe I have seemed distant…or why you may have noticed an uptick in sponsored content.

( Fall / Winter in Little Rock )

This blog is the heart of this business after all…truly where the dream began. This blog’s roots were set down in Little Rock, Arkansas – the city that surprisingly stole my heart and captured me so deeply that I didn’t want to move back to the city that has always owned my heart…San Francisco. (Read my goodbye to LR post here)

Anyway, I started writing after the birth of our 3rd child…never in my wildest dreams thinking it would lead to where we are today. Never could have imagined that writing and sharing about home organization / home improvement could turn into literal countless opportunities. A keynote speaker? Published and quoted as a pro in national magazines? Hundreds of client spaces in my portfolio? A thriving Instagram community with more than 160k followers? Now a Field Editor with Better Homes & Gardens? It’s surreal and count my blessings every day.

Seriously. Every. Day.

In the last 8+ years I haven’t shared anything too deep or personal. I made a choice to keep the personal side a little more vague. After all, the other 4 people living with me didn’t sign up to have their life broadcast live to the internet. I have been respectful of that and will continue doing so. But the fact is, as I mentioned, there is a personal side to this blog. A blog wouldn’t really exist without “connection”. In order for you to connect with me you need to know and hear more of my story. More of the day to day – the ins and outs – the good and the ugly.

You guys figured out where I live (some have even walked past my house and e-mailed me to confirm what they saw – haha!), what I do for a living, that I have 3 children and I’ve shared home improvements / organizing projects from within my 4 walls – not just those of clients.

( Current California Home Driveway )

As you guys know, my writing is more conversational and I tend to fold in personal things. Mostly self-depricating or silly / funny stories because I can be a klutz, love to laugh and have a great time. I’ve been holding back because I haven’t shared this news. Sharing this will also allow me to be more open with my writing – more free-spirited and fun as I used to write.

There is a dedicated readership here and on the social platforms. It’s important that I let you in.

I need to be brave and vulnerable.

Lately, I’ve been walking / hiking with women friends and each one has told me I am far too private. That I need to open up to find support in these friendships. To be more vulnerable. That I’m the strongest woman they know – a survivor…an incredible small business owner…a cheerleader of other women hoping to start a business…a dedicated mother and friend. I appear to have it all together and never let balls drop. I’m the person people go to if you want to “get it done”. But unless I can expose my weaknesses, how will I be able to connect with these women / friendships on a deeper level?

If I’m being totally honest, I’ve been very down on myself. So down that anyone who has tried to compliment me has heard a sharp “no, not me!” response. I’ve reached some of the lowest lows during this process. I have a hard time believing anything positive about myself. Have a hard time believing this is my life. A hard time believing anyone could or ever will love me. Me. Me at the core. Love what I love. Love my kids. Love my family and their issues. Love my friends – who go all the way back to before I could even walk. Or understand what I do for people / families. Understand my mission in life. Understand the impact we make for families. Understand my love of not owning a lot of shoes and clothing or the fact I wear the same outfit or version of 7 days a week. Share affection for tools.

And more. A lot more.

Although I haven’t shared a lot personally on a deeper level over these last 8 years, I have appreciated and loved having YOUR support. And you’re not dumb…you have all sensed something is up with me personally. You’ve sent e-mails to check in. You’ve read between the lines. As much as I want to draw a hard line between my business and personal life, the fact is I’ve welcomed you into my life and owe you a cracked door into what is happening.

Also, this could very well be the best place for me to continue sharing experiences and feelings as this process continues…as I navigate the path ahead.

Anyway….I’m sure you’re all on the edge of your seat now with that whole intro – haha!

I am divorced.

There – I said it.

*exhale*

I said it.

My marriage fell apart and ended.

A while ago.

Can I share the specifics of why? No. Out of respect to him, I won’t get into any of that and honestly, don’t think rehashing in here or anywhere (unless with close friends, family and a therapist) is a good idea.

Can I share the specifics of when? Not sure how important that is…but it’s been a long time. Years.

What I will be sharing moving forward is my own personal experiences with divorce. There is a dark, ugly, scary, frightening side to this experience and I’m feeling all of it. It’s raw and awful. The bags under my eyes are from countless nights laying awake. On the flip side, I have also experienced how great it is to take the high road, stay positive and surround myself with the most incredible support system. I have very special people in my life – new and old. They are amazing and I’m grateful. And a few of them will be seen around this place soon! Can’t wait to share them and make them a part of your lives as well. The gym has been my therapy – and may end up being my therapist for a while until I sort out exactly how I’ll pay for a real therapist. Ha!

I am happy to share in here. From my perspective. If I can help another woman navigate the path or know she isn’t alone – I can at least do that much.

I’m not going to talk about lawyers, mediators, costs involved, throw mud, point fingers…again = high road. But I will now be able to say from time to time what is happening and you’ll know. You will understand what may be happening behind the scenes.

You also know just how much this house means to me. For 5+ years I have poured MYSELF into small and big updates. I left Little Rock kicking and screaming (basically) so I sorta poured those fucked up emotions into this house. I wanted to make it great for the kids. They didn’t want to leave LR either…..so, can you blame me? The fact I chose a home that is as isolated as it is – you can’t see it from the main street, there’s a ton of privacy, it was a fixer-upper, etc…Hi!….it was about them and me and not ever wanting to leave the south.

You’ve seen a lot of those changes – even though lately most of my work has been dedicated to client’s homes. Home improvement is a huge passion and outlet for me. I come to life when I have something to work on and update. Something to make more efficient, useful, loved, treasured.

Our homes are where it all happens. And my next house WILL BE full of ALL things LOVE and TREASURE.

Sadly, chances are high I will need to sell this little gem and move on to a new chapter. It’s sad and scary … and never imagined the dreams and plans I had for this house might not ever happen. But it’s appearing so. I’m really very sad about it. I love this house deeply. I’ve loved every house deeply…but this one is special. And the kids love it too. Somehow, no matter how tiny the kitchen, my family insists on spending every holiday here. All 25-30 of us cramped into this tiny kitchen space…but we make it work and the memories made here will live with me forever.

Forever.

And no one can take that from me. No one. No. One.

 

Those images are just a tip of the nailhead into the updates completed here – can’t wait to dig in and pull up a HUGE before / after post when this sweet home goes on the market.

This home is going to make a family very happy … and I can’t wait to meet them and watch them make their dreams a reality.

A home is what and WHERE you make it. So while I may not end up living here with the kids, there’s something very special out there for us. I can feel it! May not feel it as much on those down days, but it always bubbles back to the surface once I’ve snapped out of it.

Thank you for sticking with me during the quiet, gone-dark phase of blogging. Things are changing. Sam is back. And I can’t wait to share more.

And thank you for your patience with the uptick in sponsored content. I’ve had to supplement my income a bit…and not to say these partnerships aren’t amazing – they are! And most importantly…pretty sure you guys know this by now…I am SOOOO picky about who I partner with. I am approached daily and only choose companies to work with that are in line with this blog, its mission, you guys and it has to be natural, real and all the authentic things. So while from time to time you’ll see great sponsored content, you’ll continue to see client spaces and hear more about my journey ahead.

Let’s see where we go from here…

Thank you for letting me open up and share with you.

Back soon!

xx,

Sam

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  1. Leslie says:

    Very brave of you to tell your story. Good luck to you.

  2. Wilma Hovius says:

    Hugs. And as much support as someone you don’t know from the internet can give you. Feel free to share as much/little as you wish, I will still read.

  3. Ellie says:

    Thank you for your transparency. You’re an inspiration ????????????.

  4. Ellen | Ask Away Blog says:

    Thank you for sharing this and we all are here for you to let you know that no matter where you live, you’re going to make it a beautiful home for you and the kiddos!

  5. Sam,
    Hi! I am a new reader here. I was divorced and a single mom for 5 years after 15 yrs of marriage. I am now happily remarried and have a big blended family! I think it’s great that you shared your story. I am sure that there are women out there that read your blog that need to hear what you have to say. Through your blog, you have made important connections and have a voice! It can be a blessing to someone and perhaps to you as well. I think it’s brave! You are very wise to take the high road. It is always the better way to go even when you don’t want to or necessarily feel it. I’ll stay tuned!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Kelly!

      Thank you for joining us here – means so much to have you as a reader! Thank you! And your words…so touching and kind. So glad to hear you are remarried happily and with a big family. It’s the dream!

      And you’re correct – I definitely have days when I don’t feel like taking the high road…or I want to have a pity party for 1…but I snap out of it when I think about all the good things I have going on in my life.

      Thank you again and look forward to sharing more!

      xx,
      Sam

  6. g dodds says:

    Dearest Sam
    I’m old enough to be your Mom and just want to say how very proud I am of you. You have shown such dignity, strength and character. Taking the high road shows the sort of person you are… Hugs and best wishes, Gee.

  7. Thanks for telling you story. I’m also a very private person and I’m starting to learn that there are some big positives about sharing with people. I’m so sorry that you may be saying goodbye to your home. I hope the next chapter and the next home make you realize that it was all for the best in the end. As a reader I don’t mind the sponsored posts at all. You do them so well and they feel so authentic. Keep them coming and we will try to support you as readers!

  8. Melissa says:

    Sam,

    I knew something was up recently but I had no idea it had been years!! I know it’s easy to bottle everything up and keep emotions to yourself but I’m so glad you shared and I’m so glad you’re back!!

    I’ve been following your blog since the Arkansas days and am so glad you are back and sharing again!

    Melissa

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Melissa!

      Awe thank you! I am so glad to have finally opened up and shared with you guys too. I mean it when I said this blog isn’t a blog without the connection. I had to open up and share to get the connection back. Have missed really being present in here.

      Thank you again!

      xx,
      Sam

  9. Maureen Falcone says:

    Sam,

    Thank you for sharing such a difficult time in your life. Your blog brought me to tears, as many of us think of you as part of the family. I am, so sorry. Being a “survivor “ of divorce I understand how difficult it is, especially when children are involved. But you are stronger and wiser than you realize. Take care of yourself and everything else will fall into place. Hugs to you Sam.????

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Maureen!

      So great to see you here and can’t thank you enough for your sweet comment! Thank you!!

      It has been very painful but I’m not giving away my strength to continue moving ahead. It’s scary, but I will pull through this with the kids.

      Thank you again!

      xx,
      Sam

  10. Kristi says:

    Sending love and hugs your way, Sam! I stumbled on your blog ages ago in your Little Rock years, and it’s been so fun and inspiring to follow along and see your business take off and thrive (especially as someone who’d love to be a professional organizer someday too!) You’re right that some readers/followers (I follow on IG too) may have suspected that something like this might have happened, but it’s totally understandable as a mom to not put all that out there online in the immediate storm of divorce. Thank you for letting us in a bit now that time has passed, and I have to think that God will use you and your story and your perseverance to encourage so many other women. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you. –Kristi

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Kristi,

      Oh my gosh, what a comment! Thank you! This means so much to me. And I also can’t wait to see what is up ahead… thank you again!

      xx,
      Sam

  11. Stephanie says:

    Oh Sam, thank you for sharing your journey. As a very private person myself, I get it, and I admire you taking this leap of faith. I love your work and look forward to continually following your journey. Sponsored content doesn’t bother me a bit! You are beautiful, Sam!

  12. Nadia says:

    Oh Sam, I have been following you since the very beginning and remember and how happy you were in AR. But I have also noticed how you have grown and bloomed since moving, and no one could take that away from you. And you also have your children, and they adore you. You are strong! -Nadia

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Nadia,

      Awe, thank you for following…and for SO long! Wow…and you’ve stuck in there with me?! haha!

      Thank you very much for the sweet comment!

      xx,
      Sam

  13. Susan says:

    You are a strong, creative, kind (it shows through), interesting, successful woman. I’ve followed you since the time you were in AR. Having moved 25 times myself (thanks to the military), home is where you are with your loved ones. Treating each new home as an adventure (as you’ve appeared to do with this home) will serve you and your children well. I’m excited to follow you on your adventure.

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Susan!

      Thank you so much for your incredible comment…and the compliments! Really – thank you!

      I’m sorta excited to see where the road leads as well – as scary as it is.

      Thank you again!

      xx,
      Sam

  14. Stacey Bach says:

    Oh Sam. . . I’ve sensed it for a while now, glad to know the why and glad to know you have come out the other side with grace. You have made such a home for your kids and no doubt that will happen wherever you land. Hugs and love to you and your sweet kiddos!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Stacey – so great to see you here! How are you, the kids and OC? Miss everything about those days of Thursday morning bible study. Loved those years when the boys were small. If only I could turn back the clock…miss my little boys!

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment. Truly! Your words mean so much!

      xx,
      Sam

  15. PLS says:

    A very brave thing to write, from a very strong person. I have no doubt that what is ahead will be better than you ever dreamed. You have a rare talent to make ANY situation/place/person/thing better than you found it. Maintain your focus on all the beauty in your life and the joy you bring your clients and ignore the ugly noise that comes with divorce. (Easier said than done.) There is NO WAY that in the end you will not be on top! Having just made my own life changing move, tips from you could have really helped! Looking forward to learning how to minimize the stress and disorganization of building life in a different place. (Said as I dig through boxes looking for those special Thanksgiving plates!) XOXOXO

    • Samantha says:

      Oh my gosh! HI!!! Pam, you are so sweet – and what an incredible comment. Thank you. Truly! You are such a special person / woman.

      Not sure what to say – your comment really is touching!

      xx,
      Sam

  16. justasiam says:

    It is always special to hear about the personal side of you on your blog…I am experiencing the pain of divorce through my son and the breakdown of his marriage. I am only the mom the pain I feel must be so much greater for those actually going through it. Wow!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi,

      Thank you – it’s always special when I can share a little more personally and this was a tough one to get out, but it was time. I’m sorry to hear you are experiencing this with your son. It’s very painful. For everyone…including the extending families. Really tough!

      Thank you for the sweet comment!

      xx,
      Sam

  17. Christina says:

    Where are you going? Clearly we need to talk more! You’re so great Sam! You’ll land on your feet because you are humble and fun and warm and strong and smart! You’re SO great! I love catching up with you because you’re constantly growing. It’s very inspiring. Wishing you continued success…and happiness! Love ya girl!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi there friend! You are so sweet!!! Miss you and we should definitely catch up – IN PERSON one day!

      I don’t know where I’m going – sticking around here for sure. This business is rolling ahead right here and have no plans to relocate it.

      Thank you so much for your very sweet comment – really means so much to me!

      xx,
      Sam

  18. Katie says:

    I have been reading for a long time and noticed you didn’t seem to be you (as weird as that sounds over the internet). It is very brave and probably cathartic to let it out. You are a strong, smart and talented woman who will land her her feet. Allow yourself time to heal and feel whatever it is you need to feel. Your faithful readers will continue to be inspired by your journey and will be sending virtual glasses of wine your way!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Katie,

      Awe – it’s true! And it doesn’t sound weird at all. When you get to know someone – and esp the way I write, which is exactly as I sound in person – you know when something is off. I couldn’t hide it anymore.

      Thank you! I am doing my best to stay strong and although it’s ups and downs on any given day, I know I will land on my feet.

      Truly appreciate the comment and the thoughts – def have a glass of wine ready for tonight!!

      xx,
      Sam

  19. Karyn says:

    Love you Sam!!!!

  20. Melissa says:

    Hi Sam,
    We go way back, to when the kids were teeny and we were new moms in the mom group in CA, and to when we were both married. Now we’re both single moms. I so totally get where you’re coming from – I hate the label of being a divorcee. It wasn’t the life I wanted for me or for my kids. But here we are, and we’re making the best of it. Surviving, and thriving even. Thanks for opening up – I’m certain that it is only going to lead to better things than trying to keep up a “perfect” image!

    xx
    Melissa

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Melissa!

      So great to hear from you – I had no idea. I’m sorry and I’m here. And I thank you for leaving this sweet comment. I love when you said “thriving”. Exactly.

      Thank you!!

      xx,
      Sam

  21. Jennifer Derby Crims says:

    Thank you for sharing this and sharing so much of yourself with us. I am glad you feel support around you. You are truly inspirational. I’m still kicking myself for not going fan girl and introducing myself when I saw you in that San Mateo Starbucks! But I’m glad to know that you can look at these comments and see how much people are inspired by you and care about you. Take good care of you.

    • Samantha says:

      Oh my gosh – I wish you would have approached me that day! Would have been awesome to meet you!

      And thank you so much for these incredibly sweet comments – truly. Thank you! I am so grateful for this community of readers and look forward to building a deeper connection here…and posting a whole lot more!

      xx,
      Sam

  22. Thank you for sharing your story. Having been there myself, I know a little of what you’re feeling. Just know it will get better, the scary will become less and you will live through it. I know the only way my children would be happy is if I were happy. That got me through a lot of rough times. When they’re happy and well-adjusted, you will be too. Will you make mistakes, most definitely. It’s all part of growth. But the strength you’ll discover deep within you will sustain you and your kids. All best wishes and above all, keep on smiling.

  23. Maggie says:

    Thank you for sharing. You’re an inspiration to me in so many ways! Hope things work out for you soon!

  24. imam nasreen says:

    Good luck dear. You can make your house home anywhere you go. You are that kind of a person.

  25. Jenn says:

    Like some other readers, I’ve read your blog since your Arkansas days…came across it online and have been following since. Also, like some others, I have had a feeling something was going on. Thank you for sharing, I wish you all the best and am looking forward to future posts. Take care!!

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Jenn!

      Thank you for the sweet comment – and I’m so glad you found me back then as well. Such a special time starting the blog there.

      Thank you for your support and I look forward to a lot more posts!!!

      xx,
      Sam

  26. Shannon says:

    I’m sitting here typing with tears in my eyes. And I’ve never even met you! Funny how we can get attached to people through blogs and Instagram these days. But, I think that means you are doing something right, Sam. I’ve followed your blog for years, and I don’t know why, but I sensed there was something off for a long time now. I am so sorry for what you are going through. My parents divorced when I was 14, and I can say from a child’s perspective it was the right thing. Was it easy for either of them or for us? Absolutely not. But to see two people find their way to happiness again was amazing. And your children are so lucky to have your positive spirit with them every day. You are a strong, independent, funny, beautiful and inspirational person and mother, and you will find that happiness again, I am sure of it. Thank you for opening up and sharing your struggles. It makes us all feel a little more “normal” with our own individual challenges in life. I am positive you have helped so many other women going through similar life changes today. Take care of you.

    • Samantha says:

      Awe Shannon! What an incredible comment to leave – THANK YOU! We do get attached to people through blogs and social media – I have done the same. And thank you so much for sharing your own experience as a child of divorce. I love hearing you say you recognize it was the right thing…AND that you were able to see your parents each find happiness again. Gives me hope!

      The ultimate concern of mine is how the kids are handling everything. Even though I talk to my kids ALL THE TIME and answer any question they ask honestly…I do wonder how they will be affected in the long term. I hope they can grow to understand that while this was such a painful decision and I never would have wanted this to be a part of their story, that they see both of us happy on the other side of it. That they can be happy knowing we are happy …. and that they were and will always be our #1 focus.

      Thank you for the sweet compliments and encouragement – really. Thank you!

      xx,
      Sam

      • Shannon says:

        My parents fought all.the.time. Living in that environment was not good. So it was hard, but the best ending for me personally.

        Just the fact that you are keeping the lines of communication open is the best. I’m looking back now at 48 and wishing there had been A LOT more of that. My parents were in their own world, which is understandable, and I certainly didn’t have the support that you are giving your kids. I’ve made peace with that. And children are resilient, and it will be okay. Of course, I don’t know your particular situation, but the more a part of their lives you can both be, the better.

        The only other take away from my experience is that be as adult-ish as you can handle. Taking the higher ground, as you say. My parents are in their 70’s now, mom is remarried, and dad was previously re-married, but they both invite each other to events that involve their children/grandchildren. In fact, we’re all celebrating my brother’s birthday at her house this weekend. They still rub each other the wrong way here and there, but in general, we can all be together and it works. I realize this may be a unique situation and not for everyone. Anyway, sorry for the novel, but give yourself credit for the amazing job you are doing right now for them. And definitely find some time for you!!

        • Samantha says:

          I can relate…to everything you said as a child of divorce myself. I love hearing that your parents can take the high road for events / occasions – this is so important for the kids to see!

          Loved your novel (haha!) and have no problem with the ongoing commentary – these are important points and others reading will definitely have good takeaways.

          Am trying to find “me time”…it’s hard because I am working 7 days a week and have kids a lot of the time (no complaints)…I’d love to start with more / better sleep. That has been a real issue. 🙂

          xx,
          Sam

      • Lynette says:

        As a child of divorce myself, can I recommend a book to you and other’s who have been/will be in your situation?

        It’s titled Primal Loss, The Now-Adult Children of Divorce Speak by Leila Miller. I have highlighted nearly the entire book. I can’t begin to explain how much it’s helped me process the myriad of emotions I’ve felt my entire life due to my parents divorce (it was ugly). I think it will greatly help those who are in any step of the divorce process realize what their children are going thru and will go thru in the future.

        I prayed a Rosary for you and your family during my Eucharistic Adoration hour and will continue to do so.

        Continue to take the high road, you’ll never regret it and you’re children will be forever grateful for it!

        Praying,
        Lynette

        • Samantha says:

          Hi Lynette,

          Thank you so much for the book recommendation – will definitely check it out! And thank you for your prayers and ongoing prayers. Much needed!!!!

          Thank you again so much!

          xx,
          Sam

  27. Jennifer Bryant says:

    Sam, I’ve known you and your family for many years and I know we haven’t seen each other for a long time (except mostly on social media). Just know I am here for you anytime and so wish the best for you in this transition in your life. Love ya girl! Stay strong, but also be vulnerable and let people help you too.
    Jenn

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Jenn!

      So good to see you here and hear from you. Thank you so much! It’s been tough and as you know, I haven’t even shared this news on my personal FB. The people who are close to me and see / touch / feel my life on a daily basis know what is going on…but I haven’t really opened up yet. Just seems strange to do it over there…as crazy as that sounds! These are friends IRL and I haven’t told half of them, although I am sure it’s suspected. Anyway, it speaks to your point of being vulnerable and letting people in / to help me. I will make my way over there one day to open the conversation / share.

      And thank you! I know you are here for me / us. We go WAY back friend!

      Hope all is going well for you in your new state – excited to hear all about it!!!

      Thank you again – xx,
      Sam

  28. Tiffany says:

    I can’t say anything better that what the previous commenters have said. Just know that there are so many of us out here wishing you and your family all the best.

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Tiffany!

      Thank you so much! I have been blown away by the comments – they have been so touching, heart-warming…REAL…and it truly has meant so much to see everyone here. Really.

      Thank you again!!!

      xx,
      Sam

  29. Leslie Carlin says:

    Sam, Congratulations! I know that sounds funny but the worst is behind you! You have a new chapter ahead with yes, sadly a new house. But you know as well as anyone, Home is where the ???? is! And you have heart and love and style and friends and your children! Xo

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Leslie!

      That is such a great way of looking at this…never thought to congratulate myself. Interesting perspective! 🙂 New chapters are great and, with each passing day, I’m getting more excited about what’s ahead. Every day is an adventure around here for sure…I never know what’s coming my way to be honest – you’d think the planner in me wouldn’t appreciate that, but it’s been a good personal challenge to work through. Some days are terrible, some great…some go just as planned on projects, some fall apart with massive fails. All a part of the excitement I guess? 🙂

      Thank you so much for the sweet comments / compliments! Sincerely. Thank you!

      xx,
      Sam

  30. Nancy Keay says:

    Thank you. Keep writing. Wishing you some Christmas peace ????

  31. April says:

    Hi Sam,
    New reader and fellow divorcee. It’s a part If my life experience, and who I am but doesn’t define me. Three years in to my single Mum life I’m so grateful for the whole experience and all it has taught me. Hard to see when you are going through the rough tough days.
    A year ago I sold the family home and moved my boys and I into a new little place that I love with my heart and soul. We’ll all be here for Christmas, my college aged kids, and my ex ( still a dear friend!) You’ll create a beautiful new place and forever memories. Wishing you all the luck in the world x

    • Samantha says:

      Hi April!

      Thank you for such a sweet, thoughtful comment – truly, thank you! Means so much to hear from others and feel that hope it will all be ok. I need to hear that – the rough days are being felt.

      Thank you again!!

      xx,
      Sam

  32. laura says:

    Wow! I think I just found your site. But that can’t be right, because i know i know this blog. I JUST shared a personal blog post about why I rebranded (last week) after years of stuff in my head! Beautiful inspiration in this blog! Can’t wait to lean in. xo laura in CO (formerly not a trophy wife).

    • Samantha says:

      Hi Laura!

      So glad you found me….or re-found me! 🙂 Whatever the case, am so glad you’re here! And thank you for the sweet compliment! I do love to inspire!

      xx,
      Sam

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