#howisoar - Dianne West

My husband’s death left me living on my own for the very first time in my life at age 59.  Joining Widowed Village and attending Camp Widow during that first year gave me a community that has provided inspiration and supported my growth. They gave me hope that I could find a way to live this new life in a way that would honor Vern. I am volunteering. I am doing daily acts of kindness. I am teaching soul work and holding retreats. And since hiking in a rain forest had been on our bucket list, I decided to head to Costa Rica on my own. I snorkeled for the first time and hiked through the Monte Verde cloud forest, crossing eight hanging bridges high up in the canopy. I even held a red-eyed green tree frog in my hands on my 64th birthday surrounded by new friends I had just met. Thank you, Soaring Spirits, for giving me my wings. #howisoar

This photo was taken on one of the hanging bridges.



Nov12_HSBHSB_7353.jpgSoaring Spirits is celebrating ten years of service to the widowed community. We are so honored to have been a part of the lives of thousands of widowed men and women since our founding on May 27, 2008. The mission of Soaring Spirits has always been to build community for widowed people around the world and to share the hope of a meaningful future with every widowed person we meet. 

As we mark this ten year anniversary, we want to share the stories that really matter - the stories of our community. We can think of no better way to celebrate ten years of service than by celebrating YOU, our community, during each week of this special year.

We are super excited to launch our #howisoar program!  Each week using the hashtag #howisoar, Soaring Spirits will feature a different community member who has shared their story about how Soaring Spirits has impacted their lives.  At the end of the year, we'll have a beautiful collection of stories about how people are thriving through widowhood.  You can check back here for a weekly dose of inspiration and hope (two of our very favorite things at Soaring Spirits!).

If you'd like to share your story of how Soaring Spirits has impacted your life, please email your story (no longer than 10 sentences, please!) and a photograph to contact@soaringspirits.org.  

We love the way our community soars! Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of the widowed people who have shared their stories (and their lives!) with us!  Check back here each Tuesday to be inspired!

Here we come, #howisoar!