Lisa Thomson

I'm a writer and a divorce support blogger.  I've recently published a self help guide for women thinking about or going through divorce.   Why?  I'm hoping to put my mistakes to good use.  The Great Escape; A Girl's Guide to Leaving a Marriage is full of great tips and personal anecdotes. When I'm not writing, I'm out enjoying nature in rain, snow or sun.  My day job is in design (homes and decor).  I love to get messy with paints, wine and books.   Your turn.  What are your favorite mistakes and messes?

Coachella Style

Okay, so here are a few of the things I will be bringing with me on my (imaginary) trip to Coachella! ...more
Very cute outfits! These are right up my style alley although, I'm too old for it now...so I've ...more

Neil Kramer's 'American Blogger' Parody Is the Funniest Thing You'll Watch All Week

By now you've probably heard about American Blogger, the movie that promises to "change the way you see an entire industry." But have you seen Neil Kramer (and his shirt collection) in What is Blogging? His movie astutely notes that a blog is a way "to give them the information they don't want or need." ...more
Hm. The American Blogger trailer is taking itself too seriously. The 'voice' narrating is kind ...more

The Friendship Exodus Of Your 20s: Where Did They Go?

You start your twenties in the midst of two goodbyes. The friends you left behind in high school that you vowed to keep touch with are starting to fade away as trips home get shorter and fewer and further between. In a year or two, you’ll be saying goodbye to the group surrounding you in college as you move on toward first jobs, old family bedrooms, beginning lives, and new friends....more
Great post. I also wrote about the same issue only in your 40's :) Ahhh, friendship can be a ...more

For Christian Women Who Have Never Been Divorced

Let me start by saying that until 2009, I was one of you....more
Powerful piece!! I''m sorry you've been through hell from the unnecessary judgment of others. " ...more

8 People I Love To Hate At The Gym

I'm a sucker for those late-night weight-loss infomercials, and as a result own a library of workout DVDs and a machine that transforms into a torturous, in-home gym. At first, I enjoyed exercising on my own schedule in the privacy of my home. I wore my ratty Lycra shorts from the late 1980s and didn't care if I looked like a Richard Simmons reject....more
Holy, hilarious! You're so funny and you've reminded me why I don't go to the gym anymore :)more

Like Texting on the Toilet, You Know You Comment Without Reading, Too

By now you've probably heard of NPR's brilliant experiment that they ran on April 1st. They posted an inflammatory headline, but then placed in the body of the post an explanation of how they suspected that the vast majority of angry commenters rarely read the article they are debating. They asked people who actually read the body of the post to simply hit "like" and not comment, and left the comment section for those who were going to jump immediately into having their voice heard rather than taking a moment to listen. Sure enough, the self-righteous responses poured in. And a lot of people looked like idiots. ...more
A+ , Melissa :) I rarely comment before finishing the post but sometimes I get excited about the ...more

Voice of My Generation: 20 Years in the Shadow of Kurt Cobain's Death

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death. Ten years ago I wrote about his death and a young man named Crazy Tony. Ten years ago I was more sentimental than I am now. ...more
Well, I was 29 when he died so I wasn't a teen and he certainly didn't define my generation. ...more

8 Rules Every Good Blogger Follows

I will have been blogging seven years this year. Seven. I think that’s almost longer than I’ve held a real job. This post got me thinking about how things have changed. The rules have even changed, and it seems like they do so constantly! I think sometimes people treat this whole blogging thing more like a competition, it makes me sad to see it that way because this whole thing—with traffic, brands, advertising, DFP, and page views—is digital. There is enough room for everyone. You don’t have to step on someone else’s back to get higher. ...more
ooooh, excellent advice, Jen! Thanks for this. I'll have to work on some areas for sure.  I like ...more

No, I'm Not "Okay". I'm Going Through A Divorce!

I walked into Starbucks this morning to grab breakfast before heading to a therapy appointment and ran into a friend of mine from the homeschool co-op I used to belong to. I was happy to see her, and she offered a hug, which I gladly accepted.She then looked meaningfully at me and said, “So how are you? Are you and ex still separated?”...more
Yes!! You are so right, Frelle.  Those people don't deserve to hear your truth.  I really ...more

Competitiveness in the Blogging World

Competitiveness in the blogging world. Does it drive you nuts or push you harder to succeed? You can’t deny that this competitive nature is in the back of almost every blogger’s mind. ...more
Burn out is the sure result. I think getting caught up in the numbers is detrimental.  I also ...more