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Taylor Raine

I'm a 26-year-old teacher, mother, friend and, of course, soon to be ex-wife. I love writing, reading, volunteering and playing with my kids. I value having fun in life and teach this to my kids. If you’re not having fun – think about how you can make things fun. This approach keeps me thinking positive during challenging times in my life. Life is a learning experience – use every moment and absorb!

Taylor Raine

Most Recent Articles

Putting It Down On Paper

Thursday, 05 May 2011 08:04
Growing up, I had a somewhat rough childhood. Despite this, I've grown into a very capable, intelligent, and strong individual.Right now, going through the process of divorce, I have days where I see very little strength in my own peripheral…

How Do You Stay Positive?

Wednesday, 08 June 2011 09:03
I don't know about you, but I try to stay headstrong and live with a very strong attitude towards life. I think the word "positivism" stands out to me, and when life seems to get me down, I just think of this word, and I start to feel more…

How Much Is Divorce Costing You?

Friday, 13 May 2011 08:38
I have calculated that since the time my ex and I separated, back in July, that I have accumulated over $10,000 worth of attorney's expenses. So, that averages to $1,666 per month, which sadly enough is very close to my individual take-home…

Making The Choice To Be Happy

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 08:37
In reading "How We Choose to be Happy", I've come across the same statement several times — that we have the ability to control if we have a bad day or not, that we control if we find happiness in our day.There is an exercise in the book that …

Choosing To Be Happy

Saturday, 07 May 2011 09:53
I was cleaning up around the house yesterday and as I went to put a book back on the shelf, a title that I'd already read popped out at me. It's called "How We Choose to Be Happy: The 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People" by Rick Foster and Greg…

What My Divorce Has Taught Me

Friday, 29 April 2011 07:52
I've recently purchased Alica Keys' last album "As I Am" and the song entitled "Lessons Learned" has given me much inspiration. In the song she shares an experience where she was emotionally burned, and that she considers this a lesson learned…

When One Door Closes...

Wednesday, 11 May 2011 07:44
We've all heard the expression, When one door closes, another one opens. I think that through the divorce process, we make an attempt to close the door on certain situations, and no matter how tightly we thinked we shut it, it unexpectedly bursts …

Putting Myself On The Market

Friday, 20 May 2011 08:32
OK, so I didn't date a whole lot before I got married to my ex. I was 16, so never was in any kind of "scene," "pool," or playing people games. I really want to get out on the "market" though and meet some people. I know that I am a great person…

I'm Ready To Fly

Wednesday, 18 May 2011 08:50
I've really started to feel more like a bird spreading her wings to fly, or a butterfly who is shaking out her wings for the first time to float in the breeze. I'm seeing myself as who I am, an individual to be appreciated, cared for and even to…

Battling My Bitterness

Saturday, 04 June 2011 10:31
I have a difficult time weeding through my own bitterness at the situation I'm in. I'm bitter about how I was treated and about how I'm being treated now. I am a very genuine individual, and my ex was not at all genuine to my feelings, wants,…

Not Afraid Anymore

Wednesday, 25 May 2011 08:38
For me, one of my biggest fears has always been that of the unknown. With this divorce, there are certain concerns that are obvious — loss of husband, change in school for my boys — yet the rest is so unknown.I don't doubt my ability to…

Knowing When To Relinquish Control

Tuesday, 26 April 2011 05:26
I'm struggling with taking all of the bad things that have happened this year and trying to turn them into something useful or helpful to me.But, I admit — it's hard. I feel burdened by my own feelings. I've always tried to maintain control…

Living In Half

Monday, 25 April 2011 08:33
I've learned to live days in halves. It has made my life much more controllable. I can manage my feelings, well-being, and everything else life has to share in a little "bundle." Generally, I am the most productive in the morning, which I…
There's a point where you look at your spouse, you love them dearly, care about their well-being, but in the end, you end up putting your heart and gut before their needs.  This was a huge …

What's With All the Emphasis on Sex?

Sunday, 12 June 2011 10:12
I mean (some of) you just got divorced. Are you really ready to jump in the sack with someone else? I know I wasn't, so I didn't. I feel compelled to ask, What is it that makes women prematurely seek out relationships and casual encounters? Do…