New Year New Blog! An opportunity to flex my writing muscles, share my thoughts and dispel the image that divorce and single motherhood are the end of the world. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve been on my own for nine years and it is only recently that I have shrugged off the poor me mantle. I came from a happy extended family where everyone stayed married, and, in my immediate circle of friends everyone has stayed married. That was my plan too but life took a different turn and I found myself in a place that I didn’t choose and never imagined; on my own with two small children (3 and 6 at the time of the split) and an ex-husband who went on to produce step offspring with indecent haste. BUT here I am now with a tween and a teen and we are doing OK! We’ve carved our own path and we are, on the whole a happy little team. Hormonal, but happy. I think that on the whole women are not so good at reminding themselves of the things they have achieved, we are much better at flagellating ourselves for the things we haven’t yet conquered or maybe even messed up along the way. So as a reminder to myself and, I hope, a positive message to others on the divorce/separation/single parent roller coaster I have made 2015 the year of the blog in the Dorset Divorcee household. I hope some of you will join me on the journey.