As you know, our “Cool Girl of the Month” feature started very unofficially and quietly last month when we named Marilyn Monroe as our inaugural “Cool Girl”. While she will always be the original, we wanted to begin featuring ladies that you may or may not be familiar with. Our “Cool Girls” are not celebrities, actresses, or famous musicians. They are real women, with real lives, doing real things to make a difference. You may not be familiar with the feisty female blogger that is the voice behind Diary of A Madwoman, but it is time you got to know her.
I stumbled upon her blog by sheer accident a few months ago, prior to that I have never followed a blog…Ever. From the title alone you may expect to find merely the blog of a funny gal with sarcastic tendencies and crazy shenanigans. Directly underneath the title reveals that you will find so much more…
“The truth about surviving the suicide of my 41 year old husband, raising our 3 kids, ages 10, 5 and 2 alone, getting robbed and kidnapped at gunpoint the morning of the funeral (seriously, this really happened), and learning how to really LIVE, and even LAUGH, in spite of it all.”
While I had nothing in common with that above statement, I read on, and on. For an entire day I sat in front of my computer screen and ingested every single word of every single post she had shared up until that point, and believe me when I tell you I must have looked crazy myself. Laughing, crying and gasping all at irregular intervals throughout her real life journey on my computer screen. The first post alone had me hooked, and I have followed her blog since and look forward to every single post that she shares. I joked with her that I almost feel like a stalker the way I follow her on Facebook and Twitter as well.
The Madwoman is witty, insightful, and has managed to turn a nightmare of a situation into a lesson in grace under fire that we can all learn from. She doesn’t ever claim to know exactly the right thing to say or do with the cards she has been dealt, but somehow she just does. What started out merely as a therapeutic outlet for her grief has turned into a light in a dark spot for women in similar situations. A place where someone can relate to the ever-changing range of emotions survivors are left with, and where it ok is to fall apart every once in a while as long as you get back up. For those of us unfamiliar with that type of grief, she shows us that no matter how bad you think you have it in life, you can always push through and come out stronger on the other side.
She has shared her milestones as well as the minute details of her day to day external and internal struggles as the blog has progressed. She is well versed, and funny as hell. Her gift of writing has gained her a near cult-like following of us “muthas” that sometimes not so silently cheer for her happiness and that of her 3 little darlings. My hope is that someone offers this Madwoman a book deal because what she has to offer could touch so many lives. This month’s “Cool Girl of the Month” is one bad ass Madwoman, ya hurd?!
** Click on any of the above links or go to http://seriouslythisreallyhappened.blogspot.com/ to read Diary of a Madwoman.