Things a Young Widow’s Kids Say that Break Her Heart

Things a young widow's kids say that break her heart. A young widow not only grieves for herself, but also for what her children lost.

As a young widow, I’ve been a single mom for most of the kids’ lives. My husband, Chaz, passed away when our twins were 19-months old and our son was 4-months old. Raising the kids after losing Chaz has been, and will likely continue to be, the most difficult thing I ever do in my life. With the kids being so young when they lost their daddy, they obviously didn’t understand the concept of death yet. And because of this, I never knew how to handle their “grief.” Unfortunately, I know that as I struggled with my own grief, I … Continue reading

7 Young Adult Books Worth Reading Today

7 Young Adult Books Worth Reading Today! It is possible for "grown ups" to enjoy books targeted towards teens. These are just 7 examples of books you might enjoy!

For your convenience, this post of Books Worth Reading Today contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today. Thanks! One of my favorite things to do is read. And since I struggle with sleeping at night since becoming a widow, I’ve actually done quite a bit of reading the past 3 years. I’ve read some great books and some horrible books, so I decided to start sharing what I’ve been reading each month here on the blog. This way, if anyone else loves to read as much as I do, they can hopefully get some new ideas of books … Continue reading

9 Facebook Pages for Widows to Follow

Disclosure: This list of Facebook Pages for Widows to Follow contains affiliate links, which help support this blog at no additional cost to you. Thanks! Not to state the obvious, but being a young widow is hard. And lonely. It often feels like there is absolutely nobody out there who understands what you are going through and how you are feeling. But in reality, there are actually a lot of young widows out there just like you. They might not be your next door neighbor, but thanks to the magic of social media and technology, you can connect with these other … Continue reading

To the Young Widows Wondering “How am I Going to do this Alone?”

After becoming a young widow 2.5 years ago, here is my answer for all the other young widows wondering, "How am I going to do this alone?" - A great read for widows or anyone looking to help! - www.MePlus3Today.com

Because of this blog, I often get emails from other young widows who have recently found themselves a member of a club that nobody wants to join. Typically finding my blog via Pinterest, they share a brief bit of their story, like where they are, how long it has been since their husband died, and the ages of their kids. Of course, these stories vary from person to person. But there is one pretty constant question that I see consistently from these heartbroken young widows. “How am I going to do this alone?” I remember uttering those same exact words over … Continue reading

Back Behind the Keyboard

...grief is not easy. It's a confusing mess full of ups and downs. It doesn’t follow a pattern, and it’s definitely not the same for everyone. Most importantly, grief doesn't go away over time. - Quote about grief and widowhood from a young widow's blog www.meplus3today.com

Let’s see… Where do I begin? It’s been a while since I’ve actually blogged. Sure, I wrote few posts like this one and that one in order to generate a little bit of income around the holidays. But I haven’t really written any content with much depth. Not that I wrote a lot with “depth” in the past… I guess I just didn’t find much value in these posts. I sort of lost my purpose for a while. At first, I thought my irregular writing/temporary hiatus would be for only the summer months. But then fall came and went too. … Continue reading

Mental Health: 4 Steps for Controlling Anxiety

For your convenience, this post with 4 Steps for Controlling Anxiety contains affiliate links that support Me Plus 3 Today at no additional cost to you. Thanks! I know that talking about anxiety, depression, and mental health can be kind of a taboo. But I’m just letting you know that I completely disagree with that, and I do my best to be open and honest about it. I mean, think about it… Physical health is openly discussed, like eating healthier, exercising, and getting regular physical check-ups. We brush, floss, and visit the dentist twice each year for our dental health. … Continue reading

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

6 Things Married Couples Need to do to Prepare for Unlikely Death of a Spouse

For your convenience, this post to help married couples prepare for death of spouse may contain affiliate links. I don’t think there is anybody that enjoys talking about the possibility of losing a loved one, especially their spouse. But unfortunately, death is something that will eventually happen to all of us. And what if it happens much, MUCH sooner than you had ever thought possible? Are you prepared? Based on my experience, I think there are 6 things that married couples NEED to do RIGHT NOW to prepare for the unlikely death of a spouse. I know, it is very … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #8: Lessons Learned – Stop Existing, Start Living

This post contains affiliate links and I will make a small commission off any purchases from those links, at no additional charge to you. Sometimes I wish I could shout from the roof tops the lessons I’ve learned from losing my husband, Chaz. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to explain them. Because really, you don’t know, until you know. I want to tell people to stop just existing through life. And tell them to start living their life instead! I learned that old cliche, “Life Is Short.” It’s too short to just exist. Why settle for mediocre, for just OK, … Continue reading

The “In Between” – Monday Mourning Widow Series

As I’m sure you can imagine, wedding anniversaries as a widow are extremely difficult days to endure. Last year, our wedding anniversary was actually the first “holiday” I had to go through after Chaz passed away. Needless to say, It. Was. Horrible. Now I’m on to the “seconds.” The second wedding anniversary without Chaz was actually a few weeks ago, on September 16. I wanted to write about it sooner, but I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to say about it. But I finally decided that I could use the reflections I had on that day as a reminder, … Continue reading

Monday Mourning Widow Series #6: 5 Worries of a Single Mom

Last week, I was honored when Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures asked me to write a guest post about single parenting for her blog series during National Unmarried and Single Americans Week. I am so glad that the organization that promotes this week added the term “Unmarried” to the title. Because as a widow, I would rather describe myself with that word than as “single.” Although really, I actually still consider myself married. I still wear my wedding ring. And I still refer to Chaz as my husband. I’m not sure if, or when, that will every go away. But I do … Continue reading