It's April, your divorce papers are signed, and it's a new chapter, scary, exciting, change, and your choice if you recover or crash land!

Let's make a list of things to remember.
1. Change is good.
2. Keep a journal.
3. Make a schedule for time when the children are with you AND for when you have your free time.
4. Make a budget.
5. Shop for healthy food and set up menus.
6. Hire a therapist just for you or find a group for people going through change or reinventing themselves.
7. Schedule in physical exercise, which may be walks until you figure things out.
8. Say 5 things you are grateful for and take 10 deep breaths before you get out of bed every morning.
9. Schedule fun things with other single friends when you don't have the children. Schedule fun things when you do have your children with other friends and their children.

Make your own list and take charge of your life. Wake up everyday excited about the opportunities you can create for your family. Take one minute at a time when things get tough and believe in you.

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Author's Bio: 

Dr. Anne Brown PhD, RN of Sausalito, California, is a psychotherapist, speaker, coach, and the author of Backbone Power: The Science of Saying No. Anne's approach is especially applicable to people affected by divorce. Backbone Power is a no nonsense self help guide to making decisions while having backbone and integrity in all your choices, short term and long term. In addition to helping the divorce community, Anne has over twenty years experience as the trusted advocate and advisor to influential corporate leaders, trial attorneys, athletes, leaders, physicians and others seeking actionable guidance. Brown is a graduate of the University of Virginia, BS in Nursing; Boston University, MS in Psychiatric-Mental Health in Nursing; and International University, PhD in Addiction Studies. In 1997 Brown also reached a personal goal of obtaining her Black Belt in Soo Bahk Do. You can contact Dr. Anne Brown through email: or through her website: .