About the Author

Elizabeth Jennings is an occupational therapist, best-selling author, speaker, and mindfulness coach. She’s CEO of Remember You Matter Coaching and founder of Boys Matter 2 Men which provides services for youth, teens, and adults facing mental health and adjustment challenges.

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  1. While we like to believe marriage can be forever, it is destined by design to expire! Married twice, with 1 divorce and also widowed, I may have left my 30+ years of marriage had it “Not” been his illness and financially dependent on both incomes! I am not sorry for the lessons learned but I choose not to marry again! Unless you find a shared interest and grow as a couple, change is inevitable! It’s how we prepare for it! At 70+, I seek companionship! I’m optimistic!

    Good luck to you and I wish you a wonderful journey!❤️🍷👏🏼

    • Thank you for reading and commenting. What powerful reflections from experience. Thank you so much for sharing a snippet of your experiences and for the positive wishes.

      I wish for you happy companionship also.

      Many blessings…

  2. Thank you for sharing. My marriage was pretty similar with the exception of name calling. My husband simply cheated every opportunity he got. He would look at women when we were together. I felt ugly and unloved. I am smart. I am very successful and educated. I loved cooking and taking care of my family. It wasn’t enough. I like you broke the cycle and started all over. I am complete and learning to love myself again.

    • Wow. Thank you for chiming in. I appreciate you reading and commenting and sharing your thoughts. I pray you feel loved and supported as you continue on your healing and self-discovery journey. Many blessings and peace to you.

  3. What an inspirational story! Thank you for sharing your honest experience and the positive outcome. Thank you!

    • Good Afternoon and Blessings to you. Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. It is my pleasure. I pray it that my story encourages others. Have a wonderful day and week.

  4. Kudos to you, Elizabeth, for learning to see yourself as God sees you – a beautiful and blessed woman made in His image.
    I echo what I imagine God would say, “Elizabeth, you rock!”
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. First Elizabeth Jennings I want to say God Bless You Thank You for allowing Yourself to be vulnerable enough to share a powerful testimony of self-love/self-worth I admire anyone who speak their truth who is inspired to uplift others Your story of Your childhood and Adulthood touch my heart I hope many people will take the time to read this article and be inspired to find their own self love and know their worth. May God continue to guide You every day. Continue to be that shining Light to women who feel like they are not good enough, or who don’t know themselves in the Lord My Prayer is reading Your Inspiring Article today or whenever they come across this article that it be confirmation to them that it opens up their eyes and realize they are good enough, their feelings do matter, they deserve respect and love. God Bless You * And Thank You Mahogany for having this social media platform for people to inspire others. This definitely inspired me.

    • Hello My dear sister. Thank you so much for always being so supportive, encouraging, and a blessing. I really appreciate you taking time to read and sharing such positive feedback. We all go through things in life, but it is how we use those experiences that shape our life. I am so grateful to have such an encouraging community to share a small part of my story with. Many of the greatest blessings wished for you.

  6. Amazing & inspiring! Thank you for shining your light and reminding us that we have the power (through God’s amazing love) to change our narratives.

    • Hello my sister. Yes, Yes, Yes, so true. Thank you so much for reading and small part of my story and thank you for the beautiful affirmation. I absolutely love it. Yes, we do have the ability to change the narratives. We are the directors of our life story. Wishing you God’s greatest blessings also.

    • Thank you so much for those kind and encouraging words. Yes, I do work in my community sharing my story and other book resources that I have written with young girls and women…
      May God bless you.

  7. For your transparency, joy, and honest reflections from a challenging season, thank you. While saddening to know the similarities in our journeys, it is incredibly encouraging to see a beautiful Black woman thrive (with her God and her peace) on the other side.

    • Greetings
      I am sorry for any pain you may have had to endure. I pray your heart is encouraged and lightened in knowing that God gives us Beauty for ashes.

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Many blessings

  8. A beautiful story of success and triumph over trials. This will help and encourage many to press forward and let God teach you to become your own cheerleader first! No one can put out your light when you’re created by the Master to shine! Shine on sweetie! Stay YOU!

    • Hello
      I appreciate and honor you so much. I truly feel you are one of my special guardian angel who God has assigned to me and I am so grateful for your genuine love and support. Thank you for being you.

      May God continue to bless you.

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