Dear Divorce Diary

Dear Divorce Diary

Most women aren’t plotting their exit strategy as they’re saying, “I do.” But sooo many find themselves asking, “How the ef did I get here?” once they unwittingly fast forward to divorce. Dawn Wiggins draws from decades of experience as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and EMDR specialist—as well as her own divorce journey—to help women navigate and overcome the trauma, grief, anger, despair, and wtf moments that often come with divorce. Using a little bit of science, a few tricks of the trade, a whole lot of love, and zero BS, Dawn created the Dear Divorce Diary podcast to offer support during your pain and healing process, clarity on how you may have gotten here, and proven tools to help you regain your confidence, reclaim your future and feel truly worthy. It’s a warm hug—and a roadmap—for divorced women facing the Single Woman Frontier.


May 30, 2023 4 mins
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We all crave validation and reassurance - especially when we've experienced rejection. The problem is that external reassurance only lasts for a moment in time, and then it's back to anxious, insecure, or empty. It's time to shift from external validation to self-care and self-love. 

In this episode of Dear Divorce Diary, I discuss the importance of connecting with YOUR pure positive energy (yes, it's in there ri...

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Fresh out of my divorce, feeling desperate for comfort and reassurance, I discovered the unexpected twist that changed everything. It was a concept so basic (yet so difficult to DO) that it gave me the roadmap needed to navigate my healing journey. But what was this twist? And how did it transform my life? Keep listening!

"Part of the betrayal that I experienced in a post-divorced life was feeling not just betrayed by...

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Dig in to discover why breaking up with the 'Good Girl' mentality is the key to prioritizing your physical and emotional needs during a divorce.

Breaking the 'Good Girl' Mentality

The 'Good Girl' mentality has been ingrained in society for centuries, causing women to prioritize others over themselves. This often means suppressing emotions and ignoring one's needs to continually support tho...

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In the latest episode of the pod, we dive into the murky waters of envy and jealousy. We'll explore the key differences between these two feelings and discover why envy might actually be the more straightforward emotion to tackle.

During this episode, we're also going to talk about how jealousy can resurface after a divorce and how envy often stems from a place of scarcity. As always, I'll share practical st...

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You relate to feeling lost and confused...and no one understands the antidote to those feelings better than my guest: Christina Drouin. If you've ever felt like you know you need to live differently but feel unclear about what you need (that will actually feel good and WORK for you) and HOW to implement it...girl, you are in the right place!

This episode is your view into building a specialized life plan that is alig...

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Are you feeling stuck in your divorce recovery journey? You've likely been told to just take a breath and keep going, but when that doesn't work, it can be disheartening. In this episode, discover how to use nervous system regulation to make more effective progress in your recovery right away!

In this episode, I delve into the significance of nervous system regulation for mental and physical health, especially fo...

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If you're feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of generational divorce trauma and the difficult legacy you are trying to break  (despite all your efforts to heal) then you are not alone!

*Cue Tissues* In the latest episode I share my experiences as an adult child of divorce, telling my story of healing from the generational trauma associated with my parent's divorce (and shitty marriage). I discuss the struggles ...

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In a moment of insecurity, I faced a powerful urge to reach for something familiar. But by resisting this temptation, I saw the connection between this urge and the habit of reaching back to our past when feeling uncertain. Little did I know this decision would unlock a powerful lesson about resilience and the importance of moving forward.

"When you're in a growth space, the step forward will always feel a little...

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Knowing HOW to experience the power of gratitude is KEY to discovering more joy and happiness than you've felt in a looooong time. Because you and I both know it isn't as easy as it sounds.

But when you commit to a daily gratitude practice (WITH the necessary tools ovbi) and shift from: Pitty Party, Table of one thinking...absolute magic happens.

This episode focuses on how to cultivate gratitude by noticing and ...

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Today we explore BIG questions with Astrologer Emily Florence. Emily is an astrologer and natural healer specializing in helping people make sense of their struggles, embrace who they really are at their core, and tap into the wisdom of the stars to guide their lives.

Emily Florence had a background in natural healing, which set her on the unexpected path of Astrology. As she explored this new form of viewing the world and...

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Your healing and self discovery require enormous doses of play and happiness. In this episode, I confront the imbalance of seriousness in the healing journey and admit how I have had to face this and shift. I offer strong direction to find joy, play, and fun amid healing from trauma and relationship wounds, and acknowledge the irony that joy is the key to true self-authenticity.

Having fun will help you tap into your truei...

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Today we tackle everything you've ever wanted to know about EFT tapping. It's a tool you can use in bed, in car line, or in the bathroom stall at work (winning).  This one tool can challenge your heaviest divorce pain, break through the shackles of fear and shame, unlocking emotional freedom in your healing journey.

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is a series of tapping on specific acupressure poin...

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After experiencing a traumatic childhood, a divorce, a rape, and parental alienation, Winnie Chan Wang uses her faith and acupuncture expertise to help others navigate dark times and unlock their inner light, while struggling to overcome the shame of being the only one in her family to get a divorce.

"No matter how dark it is, there is light somewhere. Embrace Shadow work to Nourish and Grow Your Power, and make lemon...

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What if THIS is YOUR story..."After getting divorced, she took charge of her life by intentionally manifesting her dreams through active self-reflection, only to discover the power of trusting her higher power to manifest true love." GAAAHHH!

In this episode, you will learn how to manifest your dreams and unlock your potential.

Manifesting is the process of turning thoughts into things...and it's im...

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Happy Valentine's Day, love! It's time to learn how to overcome your urge to be right and your fear of being wrong in order to cultivate your oxytocin-based happiness. To find peace and break free from the cycle of self-abandonment...listen to this episode! You will learn how oxytocin, the 'love hormone', affects our relationships and emotions.

Oxytocin is the love hormone and is the key to owning our own happine...

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Trauma-informed therapists get dysregulated (super-stressed out) too! In this episode, I teach you what dysregulation is and how to tap into your mental health toolbox and find your way back to balance.

The morning of recording, I woke up feeling confused, upset, and weak. After a lot of reflection, I realized I was feeling dysregulated from:

1. Pushing out of my comfort zone a lot lately
2. Sress from my kid ...

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Jesse Bratter is a dear friend of the pod, a freelance writer and stylist who has traveled extensively for work and pleasure. She is an expert in navigating single travel, having visited many destinations abroad, including Italy, France, Sweden, and Ireland.

"I've met so many people where the connection wasn't necessarily romantic but was still meaningful and impactful in other ways. Connecting with other hu...

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In this episode, you, the exhausted yet determined listener, embark on a mission to discover the secret to consistent sleep and reclaim balance in your life, despite the challenging circumstances you find yourself in.

You will learn about the importance of sleep and strategies for getting consistent sleep from this episode. We know it's essential to get consistent sleep to achieve well-being, and it can be difficult d...

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Have you ever felt stuck in an emotion and not known how to process it?

This episode is about Processing stuck emotions and the obsessive thoughts that result.  You will learn that when you keep ruminating on an event or person, it is often because there is something to learn, explore, release, or do differently.

To process these emotions, you need to create some space and breathe slowly and deeply for a length o...

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