Next in the series of successful single moms is Tamara of Empowered Single Moms. Check out Tamara’s practical advice and how she was able to go into private practice after her divorce below.
Interview with Tamara @ Empowered Single Moms
Q: What age were you and your children when you became a single mom?
A: The kids were 7 & 10. I was 43.
Q: What was/is the hardest part for you being a single parent?
A: That everything is on me. So often I long for another adult to be responsible for something anything.
Q: How did you overcome your biggest hurdles of being a newly single parent?
A: I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. I would focus on the priority for that day and do that first. It also helped when I went into private practice and was working for myself. My income was less secure than working for someone else, but I had much more flexibility and it didn’t take long before my income was higher too.
Q: What is the best thing about being a single parent?
A: The best thing about being a single mom is that I can make a plan to act on my priorities and I am not struggling with another adult who has different priorities and values.
Q: Who was/is your support system?
A: My family and friends. I made new friends in the process of being a single mom and got closer to some of the friends I had.
Q: What advice would you give to a brand new single mom?
A: You can do this. You need to do this. Really what choice do you have? It is like being in labor. It hurts and it is hard, but once you are in the middle of it the only way out of the pain is to keep going.
Q: What is the most surprising thing you have learned about yourself as a result of being a single parent?
A: I learned how to stop yelling and being angry. I think the main thing was I no longer had the time or energy for the anger, so I needed to let it go.
More About Tamara
You can find out more about Tamara on her website Empowered Single Moms where she writes for single moms and offers life coaching packages.