Feeling Lonely? Tips On Learning How To Love Being Alone

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

In my opinion, feeling lonely is one of the most painful emotions someone can experience. Loneliness can feel isolating and depressing and empty. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Being single and/or alone can feel empowering and there are so many wonderful benefits. It’s all a mind set! Here is this week’s Love Essentially, which features an author who’s been living alone for decades and loving life! She offers tips on how to love being alone.

Living Alone And Loving It? It’s Possible

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

When Gwenn Voelckers turned 50, she decided to take a trip to Paris to celebrate. But she didn’t choose to go on the international trip with friends or family, nor did she want to go on a group tour. Instead, Voelckers opted to travel by herself.


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“At that point, I had been divorced and living alone for 15 years, and I was so content and comfortable thinking about the prospect of going alone,” she said of the trip, which she took in 2005. “I felt like I wanted to use the time to really look at my life and look forward to the second half. By the time I got on the plane, I was filled with excitement and joy and no fear whatsoever.”

It was in Paris 13 years ago that Voelckers, now 63, had an epiphany. She said she realized what she wanted to do with her life moving forward: help other women live alone.


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Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press

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Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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