2 peas in the pod

http://2peasinthepod.blogspot.com

A blog about becoming a young widow at the age of 29 and being left with 10 month old twins to raise on my own. The blog chronicles my journey through grief and recovery, finding myself again, rebuilding a new life for me and my kids, and...

Brooke is a winner of Top 25 Moms with Inspiring Families - 2012

How does blogging help you deal with challenges?

Blogging is a very cathartic process for me. I usually blog when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed and emotional about something. The feedback from readers and other widow bloggers is like having my own built-in support system. Being able to relate to others who have had very similar experiences helps me feel less alone in being such a young widow. It is particularly healing to read other blogger's posts and see that they are going through the same struggles that I am.

What's a book or song that has inspired you?

Very early after the loss of my husband I read a book by Jennifer Silvera called "Believe". She too was another young widow and her message of hope was inspiring. Another book that has been a great resource for me is "A Grief Observed" by C.S. Lewis. I am often inspired by songs...there are too many for me list! I have done many blog posts in which a particular song was a catalyst for me to express my own feelings.

After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?

I try to tune out the rest of the world and focus on my daughters. They are at such a fun age and they really inspire me to slow down and enjoy these special moments before they grow up. Reading other blogs also helps me because I am able to step outside myself and realize that I'm not the only one having a rough time, and usually there is someone out there who is struggling more than me. It helps me to refocus on what I am grateful for.