Discover why having a professional network during times of transition is important
October 4, 2016

I’m going to be speaking at the Divorcing Divas conference on October 15, 2016. If you, or someone that you know, is thinking of divorce? Getting divorced? Already divorced? In a season of transition? I’d encourage you to connect them to this conference. Divorcing Divas Brochure


Divorcing Divas provides encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment to people going through the difficult process of divorce. Through support, education, resources and hope, we show divorcees that they can find life~ and a good life~ on the other side. It’s not the end… it’s the beginning!


Finding support and encouragement from the right people during difficulties and times of transition is invaluable. Not everyone deserves the right to speak into your life so decide who earns that privilege on your own terms. When life throws you a curve ball such as a divorce, a breakup, or any other major change, you may lose friends or even family. At some point, we all need to learn how to let people go in our lives. It’s totally okay to love people from a distance. Transition gives you an opportunity to be brave, step out in faith and start a new chapter. We also need to be open to welcoming new people along in our journey. Look at changes in your life as an opportunity to open new doors and grow. Always look for the positive perspectives.


Rely on your network. Clearly identify people who you can rely on for honest feedback and guidance. Trust the experts that you know. Trust friends in your circle. It can be scary navigating through a season of change. Know that you are never alone. Rely on your professional network for guidance and support.


Access resources. Smart people ask for help when they need it. Stay connected and let your network do what they do best. There’s a good chance that someone in your network can make good recommendations for you. People don’t pick up phone books anymore. We call our friends and ask for referrals!


Build new relationships. Let new people into your life. New connections lead to new opportunities! Life changes. Occasionally, so do the people around us. Get out and meet new people!


Find support and encouragement. When the chips are down, you’d better have people around you who can uplift you. Simple words of encouragement can turn around any bad day, week or chapter of your life.


Share your story. There is no shame in acknowledging that you’re having a hard time, whether it’s while you’re in transition, growing a business or career, or whatever your reality may be. People are going to judge you regardless so you might as well be transparent. You never know who might be able to relate to what you’re going though. Keep it real.


Invest in yourself. Don’t be bitter. Be better! Enjoy life now. This is not a dress rehearsal. If you want to live a life you love, go create it. Elevate your network and you can elevate your life. Don’t believe me? Give it a try!

Shannon Stapleton

Shannon Stapleton

With a background in marketing and design from DCTC, Shannon considers herself a lifelong learner. She makes investing in herself a priority and prides herself in helping others do the same. She thrives from surrounding herself with good people, good energy, doing good work, and giving back in the community.