My life is beginning to feel more and more like I’m a character from my novel, Kingston Court…. a divorced mother of two discovering my new path. As most divorcees will tell you, it hasn’t been fun.
My children and ex-husband greatly resented my choices for quite some time. We sold the family home we loved in Northern California, and my boys and I moved into a small apartment near friends and family in Southern California. It took months to learn to fall asleep alone when something went bump in the night.
Of course there’s also the joy of working out child custody arrangements, spousal support, child support and dividing up all of your material possessions.
There is good stuff though, the thick threads of silver linings. After a year on my own now, I am dating an incredible man who loves me just the way I am, I’m growing my content editing career, releasing a debut novel, and now….I’m buying a house. This house thing is perhaps the boldest step I have taken so far. I want my boys to have an unwavering place to call home and buying something nice in San Diego was going to be a stretch. So I opted for Henderson, Nevada instead. Real estate is still undervalued throughout the state, it’s a great place to do business (no state income taxes), Josh and Alex love Vegas, and my honey lives in Henderson.
As a single mom, it feels like an enormous commitment, but I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it, and I believe it will lay the foundation for our new life. Just like Samantha and Natalie in Kingston Court, I have decided to make choices based on hope rather than fear. The builder recently poured the cement pad for the house and it’s only a matter of time before sticks are in the air and framing will be in full swing. In the meantime I have countertops, flooring, cabinetry, and much more to select. This is my grand new adventure and I will keep you posted on my journey. What big steps you have taken lately toward new beginnings?