Over the last 23 years the owner of a PR & Communication Agency specializing in promotion and media consulting as well as a columnist, I have had the enormous pleasure of representing many great companies and organizations, fundraising events and professional theatre company productions. I LOVE promoting, creating a buzz and brand visibility for my clients. In 2014, I made a decision to focus my energy and devote my promotional expertise into my own writing project; authoring three books with a genuine desire to help others live their best divorced lives. And so, as 2015 dawned, and my own branding and writing projects began to take shape, I can now say my proudest promotional endeavor is my all-encompassing PASSION for the Collaborative Divorce philosophy as well as the dedicated practice of Gratitude, which really is the first step toward any change and transformation. I know it because I’ve lived it every day for the past ten years.
My Core Beliefs
My core belief system and moral compass dictates the need for the deep values of a family to remain strong throughout the divorce journey. This varies by circumstance of course but I believe it is critical to give families a viable alternative to courtroom chaos and dysfunction, where the parties put themselves in a position to resolve any conflict and make their own decisions with the help of a structured team outside the courtroom. One of my upcoming books on the subject entitled Family Ever After (Collaborate Life After Divorce & Embrace a New Normal) shines a glowing light on the subject and brings collaborating during and after divorce out of the shadows. It touches on belief, challenges of change of transformation. I believe the time has arrived for a paradigm shift and re-definition of Divorce as society (and the dictionary for that matter) frames it, because there are so many people with inspiring stories to share living extra-ordinary divorced lives as the rule not the exception.
On January 9th, I was humbled to have been asked by The Huffington Post to submit our story which appeared in The Huffington Post Divorce and The Huffington Post Good News.
“As part of our Blended Family Friday series, each week we spotlight a different stepfamily to learn how they successfully blended their two families. Our hope is that by telling their stories, we’ll bring you closer to blended family bliss in your own life! Read today’s story here”
My eldest son Christopher continues: “Our extended blended family on the beaches of The Outer Banks beaches every year are the BEST!”; could not be more grateful for the decision you and Dad made years ago It was healthy, and the following years were some of the best years of my childhood and I’m looking forward to the future!”
Our Extended Blended Family vacations together began in the summer 2009, with our annual pilgrimage to the Outer Banks, N.C., ALL of us together. Imagine beach-time with BOTH set of parents (not to mention competitive all-night games of RISK!) We have worked as a team to schedule our busy lives, have never missed a parent-teacher night that we attend together, graduations, moves to University and apartment living, enjoyed many celebrations and shared loss as well. When my father unexpectedly passed away in 2012, it was my sons, my husband Ken and ex-husband Steve who carried him to his final resting place.
One family ~ different directions ~ roots remain as one.