In the pit with a lion on a snowy day
I am in the process of reprogramming my mind.
I was given several boxes of books...one of them by this title, which caught my eye.
Wondering if any other divorcing spouses feel/felt like they are/were in the pit with a lion on a snowy day?
Any tips for surviving?
The good news is even if my back is against the wall of the pit, I can now see the 🦁
0 comment posted: Friday, August 13th, 2021
Making granola or protein bars from scratch
I have noticed that the price of kind bars and the like have almost doubled in the stores here.
So I wondered if anyone has experience making gluten free (oats are fine) protein or granola bars from scratch. Chocolate or the like is a plus 🤣🤣
Protein would be great.
Cashews, almonds, peanuts etc are great.
Paying over $8 for less than a half pound of cereal bars seems a bit much to me.
Since si peeps told me how to get rid of earwigs I figure maybe someone knows how to do this :)
11 comments posted: Monday, August 2nd, 2021
The crows are back in the yard. Lots of them. One even knocked on the window.
When wh was here they used to slam themselves into the windows.
Ummm any thoughts?
Crows are bad mojo right?
6 comments posted: Friday, June 25th, 2021
Is this normal
So I am wondering if anyone else has had to deal with breaking down curled up in a ball sobbing while going through the divorce process. It's been a couple of years since I have seen my WS and still I am not free. It doesn't help that I am swimming in debt and see no way that they court will act quickly to set me free.
There are days where I do not think I can get up again to continue to fight him.
Days I wonder how I married a monster. Days I question my own perception of reality..which is why I kept the actual bathroom door he punched in several places leaving big holes just sitting in the garage in case I need to remind myself.
8 comments posted: Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Earwigs....aka devil 👿😈 bugs
Anyone else hate them?
Two fell out of my towel this morning and one came out of my doorbell to bite me just now.
Other than 🔥 🔥 anything else kill them? Any suggestions?
5 comments posted: Friday, June 18th, 2021
You can't fix this..playlist recommends? And what's everyone up
How's everybody doing?
Anybody got any good new playlist recommends?
I have found a new appreciation for Stevie Nicks "You Can't Fix This". While not technically about infidelity I can really relate to the lyrics this week.
Perhaps I am approaching acceptance.
"The devil pours a glass of champagne and asks someone else to dance.....twirls around and he laughs..."
"He will burn you down"
"Hearts breaking right and left"
"You can't fix this."
Happy weekend everyone. Hope you have sunshine 🌄 and 🦄 🦄 in your playlists.
11 comments posted: Friday, May 21st, 2021
So this month I have not yet received funds and there has not been payment for the mortgage.
Special thanks to attorney number one who apparently submitted a temporary order over a year ago that did not (how this could happen I have no idea) include who pays the mortgage and several other bills.
Not sure I can say this here so mods I will delete if you ask but praying for a miracle.
Did talk with the lender and they have no covid programs and no way to modify without husband's participation.
17 comments posted: Friday, May 7th, 2021
Cohousing and alternative housing arrangements
Wondered what people think of alternative living arrangements like cohousing.
Let's be honest here..between the fact that I never planned financially to be divorced and the fact that my husband is seeking alimony and my ongoing health issues this is gonna be financially interesting..
Currently I live with a friend (no benefits because we have appropriate boundaries since I am still married and we believe in owom married sexual contracts).
We keep the lights and heat on. Food in the fridge. Things are actually good.
9 comments posted: Thursday, May 6th, 2021
"a reason to fight" the song and more
One of the songs that has helped me is the song "a reason to fight" by Disturbed.
I just wanted to thank the people in this group who have posted, weighed in, and given advice over the past over two years. It has been sould wrenchingly hard. But you have helped me so much. You have given me a reason to fight. You have helped me hang on so many times when I couldn't have without you.
This week is one of my hardest weeks. I have legal stuff I need to deal with. I need to find a car. (wh took both vehicles and put them in his name and physically took them) There is a lot I still am working on surviving.
Thanks for the group and to everyone who reached out.
11 comments posted: Monday, April 19th, 2021
About 2 days into being vegan/gf
I felt the best in my life the times when I have been vegan and gluten free.
So...I decided to try a little experiment....just one week vegan and see how I feel.
Yes I do know how to be safe with my health and vegan. I generally do not like eggs and I expect that dairy is an issue for me and I would feel better not eating it. So one week.
Any favorite recipes anyone wants to share? Especially interested in curries, thai, have done raw foods before and will be starting to grow microgreens.
13 comments posted: Saturday, April 10th, 2021
You can. You will.
I am approaching 3 years post d day. Round two that I know of for the chex (cheating ex).
Each day I get stronger. Each day I get better. There are ups and downs. My story is ugly There will always be scars. I do still struggle to not let this take my life.
But I am a survivor. Of horrible abuse. (I believe infidelity is vicious evil soul sucking abuse.)
I lived to tell my story in the hopes that it will in some way help others.
I have excellent friends. I make a difference in people's lives and I don't miss the chex (cheating ex) and his group of cheater cheerleaders one single bit. I have so much more energy and vitality now. My life is so much better with him not in it.
Do not give up. There is hope. There is renewal. You can survive to have purpose and a new life.
3 comments posted: Sunday, April 4th, 2021
Tattoo or no tattoo? Vegas or no?
Leaning a bit on humor to deal with the pain of infidelity tonight....
During this whole long drawn out divorce process I considered getting a tattoo.... A relatively large inner forearm script tattoo that said "integrity".
And I dreamed of a quickie Vegas divorce. The quick Vegas divorce is out. Can't seem to get the non Vegas divorce in a reasonable time either. The court process is just more abuse by proxy. That just leaves the tattoo.
I do joke about eventually heading to Vegas and marrying my new fnb (friend no benefits since I am still legally married to the chex aka the cheating ex). He really is a nice guy. Bet he wonders how he ended up with someone as jaded about relationships as me...
Sooo tattoo or no tattoo? Vegas or no Vegas.
26 comments posted: Sunday, March 21st, 2021
I could really use some perspective. Divorcing a monster is hard. I am really hurting today.
I have a saying now. I can do hard things.
My biggest take a way from divorcing the Chstbex (cheating soon to be ex) is that I should have not given any ground to an unrepentant cheater.
I gave. He took.
The only thing that is certain is that he is lying and manipulating and smearing. Lying that he would divide things in a fair manner. Lying about what a nice guy he is and how unreasonable I am..
Biggest mistake I made is filing without a signed written settlement agreement.
And the people who tell me that I should just let him take whatever and stop fighting.... until it happens to them...
21 comments posted: Wednesday, March 10th, 2021
Two years ago today I walked away
Two years ago today I walked away from an abusive unrepentant cheating husband. I do not for one second regret this today. It was the hardest most heartbreaking thing I have ever done...I caught him back talking with his ap and the affair flying monkeys and cheerleaders and I was DONE.
Despite his best efforts to destroy me, so far I am living my best life ever. I am no longer an anxious gaslit lied to yelled at until he spit on me mess. And it feels great.
Also a big shout out to his aps. Thank you for being with him so I dont have to be!!! You give me the best gift ever. Freedom from any sort of attachment to a man who lied to me for decades and risked my health and life.
Btw if your ws told you the reason they cheated was you...chances are it isn't.
Never settle. Never give up!!
12 comments posted: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
Court hearing today...could use some support
Hello SI friends,
My attorney and I have a court hearing on less than 2 hours. Facing more unwarranted accusations from the cheating exes (chex) vicariously through his attorney.
Support/words of encouragement would be appreciated.
I now refer to the man I pledged my heart and my life to more than three decades ago as "the opponent" aka the adversary.
May I never falter again should I have the advantage again. May I not forget who he is and what he is capable of. May my heart not be my weakness again but my strength.
24 comments posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2021
Could use some support/a cautionary tale
Dealing with legal issues is so hard. I could use some words of support. You wonder why it never seems to end and why would someone choose to hurt a person they spent over 3 decades with rather than engage in a good faith negotiation.
The cautionary tale? If someone can lie to you and risk your sexual and emotional and spiritual health then consider the possibility you need to prepare for them to be capable of anything. They have shown you what they are capable of.
17 comments posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
Every breath I take..why to walk away
I learned awhile back that to have success I need a why. I am beginning writing a book about why to walk away. My answer is every breath I take.
It's been three years now since I was diagnosed with lyme that was attacking my heart and began to suspect that the stbxch (soon to be ex cheating husband) was an unfaithful history rewriting blame shifting liar whose only true regret was that he got caught before he extracted what he had planned financially before leaving me sick broken and destitute.
His actions and "the groups" he cheated in...his infidelity and lies along with their horrific gaslighting and bullying...almost cost me my life. I can not count the number of times I laid curled up on the floor sobbing thinking of ending my life those first two years. The trauma and the pain was that bad. (This was not the first time he cheated and the circumstances this time were horrifically traumatizing as was the abuse I endured from counselors and others he was recruited to his point of view that he was the victim).
I called the suicide hotline so many times. By some miracle I survived. And as I started to walk out of my life burning down around me from infidelity, I vowed I would return to help others.
So that is my why. Every breath I take free of the abuse of infidelity. Every day away from the evil of lies and deceit. Every day away from the sexual,emotional and spiritual abuse that is infidelity.
The sun is shining on my face. I am on my way to the beach. I wake up every day to kind words. I go to sleep safe. I am in remission at least for today. I am alive.
I survived infidelity.
You can too.
Sending thoughts of peace, healing and joy this holiday season.
11 comments posted: Sunday, December 27th, 2020
Where I am in recovery...Anyone have cool new hobbies
So. It is about 3 years since the last Physical affair I found out about really kicked off (although there were so many massive online and irl boundary violations that who knows, right?).
I have worked really hard to find the woman I was before my abusive marriage (If you haven't read my other posts I believe infidelity/lies constitute severe physical/sexual, emotional and spirital abuse).
Anyway, I have a couple of cool new covid friendly hobbies.
I have begun fixing things like small appliances. I have had mixed success but the whole experience had been fun none the less.
I fixed a robot vac (he just needed a battery replaced properly). I named him sharky and he is vacuuming my room as we speak.
I took apart the cord on a broken pressure washer to replace the plug (gfci plug). I was not able to.fix that because the pump was also bad and it was an inexpensive pressure washer so it is heading to the recycling.
I am working on a dehumidifier today (did a diy diagnosis and ordered a small part and gonna give it a try). Next is replacing a fan on a coleman cooler.
I am also going to shoot my borrowed bow a bit more if it stops raining. I used to shoot a rrecurve but I was loaned/"given" two really really nice older compound bows that the lender adjusted so I could pull them.
And some friends dropped off a new few targets recently.
(I am not saying these hobbies are for everyone..You don't want to start repairing appliances if you don't have the skill set for it for example. But I have friends who do and they help me when needed. So I am not promoting getting in over your head just to be clear :)
Wondering what cool new hobbies everyone has picked up or picked up again?
17 comments posted: Friday, October 23rd, 2020
Hello SI tribe.
I thought I would post to celebrate the fact I am still alive and infidelity free.
I lived to tell my infidelity story and am writing a new story of my life.
I worked really really hard on myself and I am healing.
I regret every minute I stayed with my cheating lying husband after I found out he "loved" some woman other than me. Every minute post me finding out he lied to me.
But you know what? I am forgiving myself for that pretty well too.
I laugh now. I have beautiful things in my life. I am enjoying learning how to better give and receive love.
I take showers most days now (unlike right after the infidelity). And I no longer give one iota about what THE EX or any of his co abusers in the "groups" he participated in on the internet or friends or family or anyone else but me thinks of me or my decision to say "no more".
I tell my story to people, and I am looking into possible opportunities to tell my story publicly because you never know... It might save the next person.
If you are reading this...you can survive infidelity too. I did.
I have a better life than I ever thought possible and my body is healing.
((Hugs)) to all on this journey.
3 comments posted: Sunday, September 13th, 2020
tell your heart to beat again
So there comes a time when most of us want to move on. I know I do.
Some times I feel like the trauma stopped my heart.
Some times, like was talked about in another post, I see monsters where there are none.
I became friends with a man who shows up for me every single day. He shows me he loves me. And he never ever lies to me. He asked me if I would be willing to explore the possibility of a relationship with him. He deserves a beating heart.
I am wondering how other people in SI have navigated this?
17 comments posted: Friday, January 24th, 2020
Can Beauty Come Out of Ashes?
Can beauty come out of ashes?
My resounding answer is "Yes".
Thanks to the people on SI and so many friends who walked into the flames and carried me out of the smoldering wreckage of my life when there was nothing left of me, I survived. I work on myself every single day. And my life is so much better than I ever imagined it could be
I will be spending the holidays with people who love me, care for me, and never ever lie to me. I am so very grateful.
The song "Ashes" by Celine Dion has a special place for me. My world shattered when I found pictures of my can't be ex soon enough cheating husband and one of his AP's on the internet with several of their closest friends at the Deadpool 2 premiere.
So when your world is burning down and you are in pieces, reach out. SI and my friends saved my life and I will forever be grateful.
30 comments posted: Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
new beginnings playlist
New Beginnings Playlist anyone?
My first song is Pink
"Just give me a reason, just a little bit's enough
Just a second we're not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again
It's in the stars, it's been written in the scars on our hearts
We're not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again"
33 comments posted: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
Healing is Possible. Thank You
I just wanted to thank every single person who jumped or reached into the darkness I was in to touch me, to walk with me, to rescue me.
Not only am I no longer struggling to stay alive, but I actually experience peace and healing that is unimaginable. I have have been telling my story (and listening to other people's infidelity stories). And life is good on the other side of the darkness. Thank you! Much gratitude.
24 comments posted: Monday, November 4th, 2019
whatcha doing to move forward even when down
I am still struggling to keep breathing going through trying to just get my WS to agree to a fair 50 50 property split.
All he seems to want to do is spew every thing he hated about me and everything I did "wrong" in the relationship.
Oh, and tell me he is going to deliberately waste money fighting me in court.
I am still pretty sick with the severe late stage Lyme Disease I had when he decided to brutally discard me about 2 years ago now.
But I have set a minimal daily goal of:
listing 2 things a day on marketplace to decrease the amount of stuff I have to move when I sell the house I can no longer maintain because he went missing
weeding or weed whacking one area or side of the house a day
doing at least 5 minutes of yoga a day before bed
deeper cleaning one room of the house a day
doing one task on my do do list (find plumber, look for car cause he took both, close a joint acount)
I know this is not much but what I really feel like doing is curling up on the bathroom floor and sobbing...
What are the rest of you doing to dig out of the pit?
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15 comments posted: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
dealing with men who are expressing being attracted to me
So I am not quite to 5 months since my spouse chose the online flesh market including online groups filled with porn and offers of sex and contact with his at least one physical and several at least emotional plus bonus stuff APs over his marriage.
I have been working on healing and cutting the blame he places on me for our affair and the shame of him telling me no one would ever want me out of my soul (and literally staying alive from my advanced Lyme Disease that I had when he had the one fully PA I know about and the resultant life threatening betrayal trauma from the 6 plus months of TT and continued lies/betrayals).
Anyway a fairly substantial number of men have been approaching me and telling me I am beautiful and some offering me help with things and/or actually expressing a desire to date me.
I realize that I personally will not date until I am divorced. So I tell them that and try to make sure I am sending the right messages to men as I go through my healing.
I am just being myself. Pretty much the same self my husband cheated on but feeling better physically since my Lyme is kinda in remission. I dress pretty modestly, but feminine and am nice to people but not flirty or suggestive. Pretty much the same person I have always been but people tell me my energy is so different now that my spouse left me.
But I am wondering how others of you are dealing with almost a flood of attention. I am I my 50's and married for over 30 years plus and I always dealt witb any attention in the past by setting firm boundaries that I was married but now that I am soon to not be married, how have other people dealt with this sort of attention?
I have had several men hand me their business cards after chatting with me and two widows indicate an interest in dating me and the several men tell me I am beautiful even in stores etc. I am chrystal clear on my values and who I am and my husband told me I was fat and aweful and no other man would ever want me so this is all quite a shock.
I am kind of an introverted nerd who got bullied a lot in high school. My husband's betrayal hit me hard because there were lots of overt and online references to his group of people being cool kids which he knew was one of my deepest wounds.
Anyone want to weigh in on this and help me navigate this.
[This message edited by Shehawk at 9:47 AM, July 3rd (Wednesday)]
25 comments posted: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019