I am not ashamed, surprisingly I've been extremely open about things with people face-to-face...but often times the internet can take on a life of its own, so I wanted to be ready, come what may. Not to mention, the public nature of my career, already, and how this might conflict.
I also wanted to honor the place both my ex-husband, children, family, and friends have in my life. Taking special care not to be exploitative, gossipy, or use this venue as a diary, spilling out my darkest hour in a way that isn't productive.
No, I wanted this to be a space of healing, not only for myself, but for others. I remember, on the worst days, searching for stories where I could relate...at some point I realized I had to tell my own story, and it has truly been cathartic.
Yesterday, I clearly acknowledged my divorce, both here and on social media. I've done it in a more subtle way before, but not boldly. What transpired after pressing "send" was nothing short of beautiful, stories of pain and survival, and love and encouragement from people all across the country, those who know me well, and those who simply could connect. Heartbreak, of course, is universal. Love, loss, fear, devastation...we all know those feelings.
That moment of vulnerability for me was so powerful, and it's exactly why I began this project in the first place. God gave me this platform, and I know my story is meant to bring hope, and inspire others. I look forward to continuing to share, and hearing more of your stories as well.