Every day I get emails from Real Cougars who are blazing new trails. Their stories provide me with my daily dose of inspiration. Here's one of those stories – one that many women will find all too familiar.
Linda, I just wanted to thank you so much for what you are doing. I am reading your book now and I love the stories of women who have risen above and are helping other women.
I just got out of an 8 year relationship that headed down dead end street. He was 50, I am 45. Leaving was one of the hardest things I have ever done, which is amazing because I have accomplished so much professionally, however personally I was a wreck.
I have worked hard and built up a successful financial services and CPA firm. I did this while living in this very lonely relationship with a very controlling man. Because of the stress at home I had put on 45 pounds and was miserable. Finally I went to see a counselor who advised me to call it quits and I did. Prior to that I went through eight breakups but always went back. This time I worked through the fear and started down a new path.
Your insightful comments about relationships in Don't Ever Call Me Ma'am really hit home. It was after that I got out and put myself on Match.com and PerfectMatch.com. After a few dates with older men I wanted to stab myself with a fork because they were so boring. I finally agreed to meet a 35 year old. I can not tell you how much fun I had. Younger men are definitely for me.
I found your website at the beginning of this journey and ordered your book. I only wish I would have done this sooner. I am having the time of my life. I have lost 20 pounds so far and am on my way to loosing the rest.
Thanks again for all you are doing. I look forward to continuing this journey with you and the other wonderful cougars.!
Eileen, thank you for sharing your story will all of us.