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Welcome to Single Mom Love Stories! "I've always found more beauty in the grit," photographer, activist and (former) single mamas Ashlee Dean Wells explained of how revealing scars has helped her share her own stories and the testimony of other mothers, build community and make her way through life with kids, loss and now, what she calls "a big love." Ashlee reveals her Single Mom Love Story with partner Froilan, dubbed Flowers by her young daughter, and how they're building a beautiful, unexpected life and family together. 

 

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Find Ashlee Dean Wells on her site here. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Check out the photo galleries, book and upcoming tour schedule for the 4th Trimester Bodies Project and follow 4th Tri on Instagram. 

Her amazing boudoir and timeless pin-up photography and services are at Windy City Pin Up

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Here's our first Single Mom Love Stories *VIDEO* (gasp), featuring the sweet story of a single mom's cross-country love, with Wendy Fontaine. 

How about a love story to yourself? You will be captivated by the delightful and insightful Casey Brown discussing how divorce made them get really real about their gender identity.

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Have a question, something to add to the conversation or want to share your single mom experience? We'd love to hear from you. Contact jessica@single-momnation.com or join us right here on Facebook

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Of course you do! Because you know that single mothers make 100% of their household purchases and because we rely on word of mouth recommendations from other mothers who really get our big, busy lives. We cover money, divorce, dating, co-parenting, style and a long list of other dynamic topics and we'd love to partner with your brand on an upcoming episode. Let's talk – jessica@single-momnation.com. 

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Single Mom Nation by Jessica Ashley - 8M ago

Those things we believe in the hot molten core of us, that we lavish on a crying or raging or desperately lonely girlfriend, that we will profess in Facebook updates or in a workshop with clients or to our daughters – we need to hear them, too. Single moms need these reminders over and over because it takes some time and persistence to break through the thoughts on fast-forward, the scrolling to-do lists, the scripts for that dreaded talk with an ex, the "Mommymommymommymommy," the plans, the regrets, the movies we play over and over of times long past. Here are four to start your week, tiny thoughts with big impact about the you who is bigger, braver, even more beautiful than you let yourself believe too often.

Credit: Just Eat Real Food

You are both courageous and beautiful. Also, super smart and styley.

Kickass words courtesy Emma Stone, image courtesy Girl Boss.

Wise words from Rachel Macy Stafford.

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Have you ever wished your ex would fall off the planet? What if they did? In this episode, we dive into the deep waters of grief, panic, compassion and anger that bubble up when a child’s other parent dies. Author Amy Sue Nathan shares the complicated story of her ex-husband’s death, her children’s profound loss and the surprising ways her family and friends responded. She also offers advice on the practicalities and tenderness on swimming back to the surface with children, as only another single mom who has been through it can.

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Connect with Amy here and read the novel inspired by her experiences here.

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What happens when you lose things, time, self-esteem and friends in a divorce? Hurricane Harvey survivor, professional gratitude practitioner, author, speaker and divine lady of light and love Karen Walrond talks about grieving the stuff and rebuilding from the rubble in this episode, Everything I Lost in the Gulf of Divorce.

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Have a question, something to add to the conversation or want to share your single mom experience? We'd love to hear from you. Contact jessica@single-momnation.com or join us right here on Facebook

Want to sponsor a show?

Of course you do! Because you know that single mothers make 100% of their household purchases and because we rely on word of mouth recommendations from other mothers who really get our big, busy lives. We cover money, divorce, dating, co-parenting, style and a long list of other dynamic topics and we'd love to partner with your brand on an upcoming episode. Let's talk – jessica@single-momnation.com. 

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We asked listeners, friends and readers at Single Mom Nation to share what they lost in divorce. A hundred comments piled up in an hour, creating a profound list of Christmas ornaments to childhood photos, cars and homes to friends, dignity and mental wellness. That inventory was eerily similar to the overwhelming mountain of possessions outside the home of Karen Walrond, author, speaker, photographer and Hurricane Harvey survivor. Karen joins Jessica talk about why the little stuff matters so much to us, and to connect the great losses and even greater lessons of evacuating and recovering from a natural disaster – and divorce.

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Karen’s incredible, inspirational work is at home on Chookooloonks, her Make Light podcast is here and her books are here. UPDATE: Six months after the flood, here's how – and where – Karen and family are. 

You will definitely want to watch the Facebook Live video that shored up this conversation right here.

And that post logging all the things we lost in divorce is right here.

We mention the wisdom of two talented writers who have been single moms.

Wendy Fontaine has written beautiful, pensive articles on divorce, single motherhood, and starting over. Here's a way-back interview with Wendy on finding love again.

Lorraine Ladish helped guide me in selling my wedding rings to pay rent by sharing her own story and understanding that the ancestors would've wanted her to care for her children at all cost. Her site is Viva Fifty.

 

Oh, hey. Here's another show you'd love

And now for the other side of this conversation: How to purge the marriage crap (yep, that includes paperwork, wedding china AND bad feelings.)

 

Talk to us

Have a question, something to add to the conversation or want to share your single mom experience? We'd love to hear from you. Contact jessica@single-momnation.com or join us right here on Facebook

Want to sponsor a show?

Of course you do! Because you know that single mothers make 100% of their household purchases and because we rely on word of mouth recommendations from other mothers who really get our big, busy lives. We cover money, divorce, dating, co-parenting, style and a long list of other dynamic topics and we'd love to partner with your brand on an upcoming episode. Let's talk – jessica@single-momnation.com. 

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