At this point in your divorce journey, you may have already done some research. You may have already talked to a lawyer. You may have already gone on some support forums to see if others have experienced the same crap that you are feeling right now. Some of what others on the forums, or what some in your support group say may make you feel better, and that’s great. But many times, that’s just a one-time feel-good solution that you soon forget the next time some BS comes your way.

You know what I’m talking about. You may have read a great article about how to practice mindfulness and you try really hard to remember it, but the next thing you know, the ex-to-be sends you a text saying they’re going to be two hours late picking up the kids, although you freakin’ agreed on the original time a week ago.

Or when you haul ass to your attorney’s office for your appointment, and they’re running late, and you wait in the waiting room. For an extra hour. Silliness like that builds up. Day after day, week after week, month after month. During that time, you’re trying to stay strong, saying “I’m fine” through clenched teeth to anyone who asks, when the truth of the matter is you just want to go into the bathroom and scream.

Why can’t we get a break, for like one damn day during this divorce?!?!

You can’t get out of the daily mess if you keep doing the same things that got you there.

That doesn’t mean you fire your attorney, flip your boss off, and run away to Tahiti. If you do, let me know and I’ll come with you. I’m a light packer with a passport at the ready. But really, the only why you’re going to get out of the shit show is if you change how you react to it.

Think of the daily toils of divorce as what I’d call the 5-foot view. During divorce, we usually only take action when something is right in front of our face, meaning that we usually react to it emotionally, and usually not in the way that best suits us and our moving on without being stressed and bitter.

The only way to get out of the rat race is to think bigger, think better, think ahead. You’re better than this bullshit that weighing you down. And the only way to rise above it is to think bigger. The Big Picture. Sure, you’re stuck in this divorce process where day in and day out it’s never-ending to-do lists and too much advice. But that doesn’t mean you have to continue letting it bring you down. And the only way you can get above it is to think ahead of it.
a.k.a “The What Do I Want and Where Do I Want to Be?” Exercise

**Warning: as you go through this exercise, you cannot cop out and be lazy and say, “Oh, I want to be divorced.” Well, no shit. Nobody wants to be in this state of purgatory and crazy any longer than they possibly have to. Think about where you want to be, what you want to do, and what you are going to do to create that future for yourself—that second chance that you weren’t expecting. Take advantage of this opportunity that you can. End of Warning.**

It’s time to write again! If you want to really get something from this exercise, give yourself time to answer these questions. And be honest with yourself!

1) What do you want…really want for yourself in the next week?

2) What about the next month?

3) How about in three months? What do you want to have accomplished?

4) Six Months?

5) Year?

6) Where do you want do be three years from now? You could be anywhere, doing anything you want, and your kids (if you have them) could be happy, too. What does that look like for you?

Hopes and dreams rock. They inspire us to be the best possible version of ourselves. But we’re not done there. Now, for part 2 of this exercise! Now, let’s revisit those goals that help us think beyond the daily grind, and challenge ourselves to think about what we are going to do to make them happen.

List at least 3 steps for each of the goals you have—let’s call them Action Plan.

1) In the next week, what 3 steps will you take to change how you’re currently handling the craziness,?

2) In the next month, what 3 steps will change how you feel right now? What will you do to make that change?

3) Three months from today, 3 steps will you have done to feel more secure and better about your state than you are now?

4) Six months from now, what changes have you made for yourself that have helped erase the toxicity that you are experiencing today?

5) 365 days into the future, what systems have you put into place in your life that have left you stronger, more confident, and even more bad-ass than you currently are (if that’s even possible!)?

6) Fast-forward 3 years. It’s 2020 and your divorce is ancient history. What changes have you made in your life that have resulted in your ability to move on and not only survived, but thrived since your divorce?

The Game Plan to Break Free
It feels good, doesn’t it? Being able to imagine the endless possibilities that await you.


By identifying where you want to be at the end of the day, by tomorrow, by the end of the week, in a month, etc, you are telling yourself that you are better than falling in the vicious cycle and reaction and drama that the daily drudgery of divorce tries to suck you into. However, although keeping your eyes on the prize and looking at the Big Picture of the life you have waiting for you on the other side helps you rise above the day-to-day struggles, the other half of the equation is you writing down and planning how to get there. I can help you get there, but at the end of the day it is your responsibility because this is your life and your happiness.

So, think boldly. See the forest and don’t just get stuck in all the trees. Remember that what’s waiting for you on the other side is that matters and that’s where your energy needs to go.

Author's Bio: 

Martha Bodyfelt is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® whose website “Surviving Your Split” helps readers navigate their divorce with less stress and drama, so they can move on with their lives. For your Free Divorce Goddess Recovery Kit, stop by or drop Martha a line at