My life imploded in a period of six months. My 23 year marriage ended, my mother and sister died (I had already lost my father and brother), and my oldest son left for college. In a blink of an eye, I was no longer a wife, daughter, sister, or mother as I knew it. One day I had a full life, and the next it was gone. In a short period of time, I had to deal with just about every human emotion imaginable. And, it all occurred when I was middle age trying to figure out who I was and what I could accomplish. My self esteem was shattered and I didn’t recognize my reflection in the mirror. Getting through those experiences took every ounce of courage and strength I could muster, but I did it. I like to say that I earned my PhD in Life. My life a testament to the power of the human spirit and the ability to rebuild from the ashes. Here I share with you lessons that helped me grow stronger and create the life that I now enjoy. If I could move forward, you can too!