Yep. That about sums up what I speak to groups about, what I’ll be blogging about, and what my coaching practice will focus in on: real.life.family, real.life.friends, and real.life.faith. Those are the things that I love.
My name is Dale Skram and I am a speaker at Christian women’s events, retreats and MOPS groups as well as a life coach-in-training. I absolutely love to encourage, inspire and motivate girls and women toward healthy relationships, intentional parenting, emotional growth, and a rich relationship with God. And that is what I intend to do on this blog about once a week, if everything doesn’t fall apart.
This year my marriage ended after almost 24 years and so now my real.life.family includes my four daughters, savannah (17), casey (15), caroline (13), and ansley (10) and myself (47) as well as my high-needs dog, Stella.
And I hesitate to tell you that I am divorced because some people don’t take that news well. When I told my sweet neighbor he was so upset that he grabbed his head with both hands, closed his eyes, and repeated over and over again “such pain”. No kidding. But he wasn’t even looking at me. He seemed to have entered into his own world for a minute there and it was excruciating for him. Which is weird because he really didn’t know anything about my story. So there we are standing on his front porch, him in pain and me wondering if I was being punked, and when it became clear that he was not going to comfort me, I tried to comfort him for all his pain and apologize for his loss (which I actually think was my pain and loss but with a strange response like that you really start to wonder) just to get the heck out of there. People don’t take the news well.
And then I was told by a group that I speak to that if I talk about my new “status” in front of an audience that people might think they can get out of marriage after a year or two. Wow, I sure hope I do not have that much power because I am still a big believer in marriage. God created it for many wonderful reasons and I am grieved that after over two decades of working on mine, it didn’t work out. People don’t take the news well.
But even as a divorced woman and single mom I will continue to speak and write about real.life.relationships and real.life.parenting and real.life.with.god AND I hope that you will stay with me. I hope that we can all be encouraged and inspired and motivated to live with abundance wherever life has us. Until next time….