Adversity is unpleasant, to put it mildly. Life transitions such as divorce, loss of a loved one, or loss of a job can leave one grappling with difficult emotions, questioning one’s beliefs, and experiencing the dissolution of one’s identity and ego. That said, I’ve come to appreciate adversity as a vehicle for personal transformation. That’s what adversity can and should be. A golden opportunity to rise from the ashes and rebuild yourself into a stronger, wiser, happier, and freer person. Indeed, I’ve been humbled by the possibilities for emotional growth and for the realization of your greater self. As someone who’s been through a divorce, I can confirm that even the most difficult periods of your life can be the most rewarding.
My learnings have prompted a new undertaking, which I’m going to call “Phoenix” (obviously). It’s about helping anyone going through a major transition or recovering from a traumatic experience to not just survive their adversity but to thrive and grow from it. For me, personally, it is an attempt to make my love visible by helping others make their own life transitions as meaningful and constructive as possible.
I’m keeping options open for how these goals might be realized. I imagine the project will evolve in ways I can’t anticipate, and I prefer to keep the scope unconstrained. I’ll remain committed to two themes, however — human connection and self-reflection — and will say more on the what/why/how in separate posts.
For now, the first order of business is diving into customer discovery, testing my assumptions, and collecting data to inform the direction of the project. I’ll start by focusing on women undergoing a divorce (with the goal of eventually expanding to many other categories). If you find Phoenix compelling, I’d love your help in one or more of the following ways:
- Connect me with women currently going through a divorce and looking for mentorship or support. I am reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, I’ll honor their privacy and respect their preferences on how they wish to be supported.
- Spread the word. Share or like this post on social media. Send it to relevant people in your network.
- Support me with honest feedback, ideas, network connections, or words of encouragement.
Thank you, and please stay tuned!