HBO’s New Series Divorce On October 9th!

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Sarah Jessica Parker returns to HBO in the new comedy series, DIVORCE. Parker stars as Frances, a woman who suddenly begins to reassess her life and her marriage, and finds that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. Wow, can I relate! I distinctly remember when I first realized my ex-husband had checked out. We… well I,  was talking in the kitchen. I had an opportunity to apply for another position with my company and was debating whether I should list my current boss as a reference. I wanted his opinion and was listing the pros and cons, when I turned to him and asked him what he thought, he said “are we out of paper towels?” Yep, he hadn’t heard a word I said. Then there was the time I slipped on the stairs carrying a full basket of laundry. I had wrenched my ankle and was lying on the stairs immobile when he calmly took his clean underwear from the basket and left. Looking back seven years later, it seems quite comical but it wasn’t at the time. These are the types of issues Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church are dealing with on DIVORCE. Like when they take to greeting each other in the hall by flipping each other off. Or one accuses the other of not knowing the Tooth Fairy’s name. However, divorce is also scary. 

The show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. Been there, done that and I didn’t even get a tee-shirt. After 15 years of marriage, I was terrified to be on my own and I honestly didn’t know if I could do it. What I did know is that I would NOT put up with a cheating husband. So when he came home after spending the weekend with his girlfriend I told him to pack up and get out. I hadn’t intended to, the words just came out of my mouth–I don’t remember thinking them, they just flew. Once they were spoken though, I knew it was the right thing to do. It was only later that I panicked. How was I going to survive on my salary and with a kid in college? Where would I live? My retirement plans had gone poof in a second–I pictured myself as an old woman living in a cave with the local vermin. I didn’t have any answers and I was scared.

Living alone was a HUGE adjustment. Even though my daughter was in college, she was only 2 hours away and had come home almost every weekend of her freshman year. Now as a sophomore, she had joined a sorority and I knew I wouldn’t see much of her. I went from having a family to being totally alone. I needed something to fill up the lonely hours. Money was an issue too. We went through a temporary support hearing with a judge and he ruled that if I was to stay in my home, I would be responsible for the mortgage and all the expenses that go along with it even though my husband earned three times what I did. I had a full time job but it didn’t pay enough, so I decided getting a second job would solve both of my immediate problems, I would have some extra money to pay the bills and something to do.  I got a part-time job at a cute little makeup store in the mall. Though working a second job was tiring, it gave me the extra income I needed and filled the time. It was fun giving women my age makeovers and making them feel beautiful. Unfortunately, after about six months I was laid off due to lack of business. The store wasn’t bringing in enough revenue to sustain the high rent the location demanded. Since I was the last employee hired, I was laid off–on my birthday! After that I moved into a cheap apartment. I still had my full- time job but I wanted something to pass the time in my off hours. I enjoyed my makeup job so much I started visiting an online forum. The more I was on the forum, the more I realized that there was no voice for women over 40. Women in their 20s and 30s dominated the boards with precious little information for older women. Combining my experience at the makeup store with my age and having done some regional modeling I decided to create a beauty blog specifically for women over 40. That’s how Prime Beauty was started. It not only was a creative outlet for me, but more importantly something all my own. In a divorce, everything is split up–this was something that I created myself that was all mine and no one could take it away from me. Little did I know then that my hobby would soon become a business. Now the blog is my business and I work part-time just for fun. How’s that for a switch- up?

Divorce is hard, it’s gut-wrenching, it’s crazy, it’s hurtful and yet there can be a positive side. I never would have found my passion had I not been searching for something to occupy my time. Since my divorce in 2009, I have created my own business, bought a new home, traveled and become a totally independent woman.  I do what I want, when I want and only answer to myself. I love my life. I have friends and family that I love and they love me back. I am doing what I love to do and am financially independent. I truly feel as if I’ve found my authentic self. Friends of mine say I’ve flourished after the divorce but that’s not true. I just tried to make the best of a bad situation and I’m proud I was able to accomplish that. I know I’m going to love the HBO series DIVORCE. It depicts every side of divorce from the tragic to the bittersweet and even the funny. I’ve seen a few clips and the acting is incredible, just what you would expect from these seasoned actors. I can’t wait for the HBO debut on October 9th. Check out DIVORCE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

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Comments

  1. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says:

    Oh, Cindy, reading your stories about divorce and starting over was so inspiring! You come so far on your own two feet. Brava! I don’t get HBO so it’s unlikely I’ll see this new program, but I wonder if there are enough funny moments surrounding divorce to sustain an entire comedy series. Guess there must be

  2. Thank you for sharing your story, you are such a strong woman and an inspiration to us all! <3

  3. Yes, I will be be watching DIVORCE. It sounds interesting.
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  4. Elena Istomina says:

    I will be watching this show

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  5. I do want to watch it because it has Sarah Jessica Parker in it.
    reklaw422 at Hotmail dot com

  6. I have HBO and I will be watching this very interesting show.

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. I am interested in watching because I really enjoy SJP (in college, we were obsessed with the movie If Lucy Fell).

  8. Will Griesmer says:

    I probably won’t watch this.

    willgriesmer@yahoo.com

  9. Wow, thank you for sharing your story!

  10. steve weber says:

    I will probably check it out

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

  11. I would love to watch this! My parents went through a divorce so it hits close to home. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

  12. I can not wait to watch this series. I adore SJP, and am looking forward to seeing her in something new.

  13. I need to set this up on my DVR since I have no memory. Luckily for me I didn’t have to go through divorce while having children.

  14. At my late twenties, you wouldn’t think that I’ve gone through some of these! It would be awesome to see how it all turns out, I’m definitely interested in the show. I think this is something that a lot of women can relate to. It seems scary at the beginning, starting from scratch and all alone!

  15. This show looks cute! I loved hearing how you got into makeup and beauty blogging.

  16. I’d love to check out this show. Some things might hit close to home but that means the writers did their research!

  17. Nikki Elkins says:

    I would love to watch but don’t have HBO. I’m 51 and been separated for 2 years. I can totally rela

  18. This is the first I hear about it, to be honest. I might watch!

  19. I will be watching.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  20. Yes! I will definitely watch. I’m so happy to see Sarah Jessica Parker back on a series and I love Thomas Haden Church. Looking forward to it!

  21. lisa mcfarland says:

    i think i would enjoy this show

  22. Yikes! Sorry you had to deal with that! As a child of divorce I’m not sure if I would like this show but I’ll give it a shot!

  23. Thanks for sharing your story love <3

  24. Nicole Etolen says:

    Oh, this show is interesting. It will reminds me of the mistakes I have in my past relationship.

  25. Wow, Sarah Jessica Parker. She is a wonderful actress, I will watch this show.

  26. Rose Pingol says:

    Oh, I’ve been in a similar situation. My past is not good but what I’ve got are lovely children.

  27. patty wright says:

    My sister was physically abused by her husband and left him and hid for two years. He died drunk and fell.

  28. Thanks for sharing. You are brave and industrious. How great that you were smart enough to embracce your passion and make it your livelihood. You must be an inspiration to your daughter!

  29. I am so watching this show. I love SJP so is should be a good one.

    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  30. Allison Swain says:

    I will most likely tune into this show when it comes on. Thanks for the nice giveaway 🙂
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  31. I’ve heard about this show!

  32. I’ll probably watch and see if I like it. I’m a big Sarah Jessica Parker fan.

  33. I don’t have HBO, but I love SJP!

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

  34. It sounds like an interesting show so I plan to watch it.

  35. I find divorce depressing, so I probably won’t watch.

  36. Jessica Miller says:

    Yes I will be watching it.

  37. Dana Rodriguez says:

    I love a good comedy and I really like Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church so YES! I will be watching. It debuts on my birthday so I will remember to tune in.

  38. Rachel Griesmer says:

    I don’t see myself watching this TV show.
    rachel.griesmer@yahoo.com

  39. I don’t get HBO, but doesn’t really sound like my kind of show. Sorry!

  40. I love HBO shows and will be checking DIVORCE out.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  41. Adella Gonzalez says:

    I might check out an episode or two. I’ll have to see if it holds my interest.

  42. Elizabeth Owens says:

    I will be watching! I love HBO shows and haven’t heard of this one before actually. I am excited! elizzzzzabeth at yahoo dot com

  43. I don’t have HBO, so I won’t be watching, but it sounds interesting.

  44. Yes, I just read an article in a magazine where SJP was talking about this! Definitely want to watch!

  45. I think I will watch it

  46. I don’t have HBO, but it does sound really interesting.
    dmarie824 at aol dot com

  47. not watching it because i don’t have hbo

  48. kristy wolfgang says:

    Haven’t heard of this show, but I do have HBO and may check it out!

  49. It looks really good, ill be watching!

  50. shellypeterson says:

    I would watch this if I had the HBO channel.
    cshell090869 at aol dot com

  51. margaretsmith says:

    It looks interesting. I’m going to watch it.

    Thanks so much.
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  52. margaretsmith says:

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    Thanks again.
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  53. I don’t have HBO, so I probably won’t be watching.

  54. david heath says:

    I would love this

  55. Erin Kennedy says:

    I have seen commercials, and I wasn’t sure if I would tune in, but I love SJP, so I will probably watch for her.

  56. Yes, the show interesting and has actors i like,

  57. Yes, I have HBO and would definitely check it out.

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

  58. I will definitely be watching! Got my favorite actress here! 😉

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  59. Looks interesting. I’m going to watch it.

  60. Lauren Olivia Wood says:

    I will not be watching Divorce.

  61. I don’t get HBO, but I’ll watch when it eventually is available on Netflix.

  62. I dont have HBO but will watch it if its on hulu or netflex later.

  63. CAROLSUE
    I don’t have HBO, but I might watch it later or at a friend’s house
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  64. Although the trailers for Divorce look good, I won’t be watching it since I don’t have HBO. I’m also a little sensitive about divorce in general, having been through one myself and being a child of divorce. I’m kind of afraid of the memories and feelings the series might raise.
    [notheranneother {at} gmail {dot} com]

  65. Susan Smith says:

    I won’t be watching DIVORCE as I don’t have HBO.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

  66. Susan Pertierra says:

    I don’t have HBO so won’t be able to watch the show. Maybe later, if it ever comes to Netflix.

  67. R Misenheimer says:

    I won’t be able to since I don’t have HBO.

  68. latanya t says:

    We do not have HBO, so I will not be watching

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  69. rebeccagraham says:

    I will be watching it.

  70. elizabeth says:

    I will watch for sure!

  71. Heather ツ says:

    Yes, I’m always looking for new shows to watch, especially with the colder weather on the way.

  72. Heather ツ says:
  73. Kim Henrichs says:

    I plan on watching!

  74. I love her and plan to watch! How could you not?

  75. Melissa S says:

    I plan to watch, it looks really good from what I have seen about it.

  76. Dana Rodriguez says:

    This looks so funny! I will be watching!!

  77. i may check it out

  78. I already watched the pilot on HBOgo and loved it! SJP is the best!

  79. I will be watching

  80. Lisa Brown says:

    i will not be watching the show
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  81. Yes. I already watched the first episode.

  82. I don’t have HBO. I wish it was on a channel I have. I would like to see it.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  83. Kelley Roach says:

    This looks so funny! I will be watching!!

  84. Ashley M. says:

    Yes, I think I will try it out!! 🙂

    ashleymorrissey90(at)gmail(dot)com

  85. I don’t have HBO but sounds great

  86. jalapenomama says:

    Since we do not have HBO I won’t be watching DIVORCE.
    Maybe can watch when it comes to Netflix.
    thank you

    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  87. AngelaLilly says:

    I do not have HBO or HBO Go, so I won’t be able to watch it this year but, if I hear good things about it from friends who do have HBO, I may check the DVD out from the library once it is released.
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

  88. Stephanie Phelps says:

    Oh I plan to watch DIVORCE. I think it is going to be great!
    my4boysand1@gmail.com

  89. I don’t subscribe to HBO, so I’ll have to wait until DIVORCE comes out on Netflix.

  90. I can’t wait to watch this!

  91. I would if we had HBO – but we don’t….
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  92. Corey Olomon says:

    I sounds interesting. I plan to watch.

  93. My ex-wife said that our marriage was getting in the way of her dating.

  94. Debra Guillen says:

    I am watching DIVORCE

  95. We don’t have the HBO channel, but thanks for sharing about it.
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

  96. I don’t watch TV. Don’t even own a TV and don’t watch on the computer.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  97. If I get HBO I’ll checkout Divorce.

  98. maria cantu says:

    Yes, I’ll be watching.
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  99. sherri crawford says:

    i dont have hbo

  100. bonniesawinner says:

    I don’t have HBO, but the show sounds interesting.

  101. Chrissy McPherson says:

    As someone who married at 18 & just got divorced 14 years later, yes I will be tuning in to watch this. I feel like I can relate & already got the DVR set to record so I can watch it while my teens are in school & the baby is asleep. Thanks for telling me about it & making me want to watch! Sounds like my new favorite show!

  102. Thomas Murphy says:

    I will be watching DIVORCE.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  103. Shea Naylor Balentine says:

    It does look like a good show, but I won’t be watching. We don’t have any type of tv service other than netflix =)

    ashleyandshea(at)charter(dot)net

  104. Kathryn C says:

    I wish I could watch this new show but I don’t have HBO- I enjoyed reading about it and I’m glad things are working out for you

  105. Angela saver says:

    Yes, I will be watching Divorce! We just got HBO a few months ago on a trial & are really enjoying it!

    Andysavi.Mom@gmail.com

  106. I don’t have HBO so I won’t be able to watch Divorce. With that being said and after reading your story and I am so happy that you are happy and that you removed yourself from a very unhappy situation

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  107. Betty Curran says:

    I won’t be able to watch Divorce as I don’t have HBO.

  108. Laurie Strebe says:

    I don’t have HBO but I am going to have my daughter DVR it at her house so when I’m over there I can watch!

  109. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I’ll be watching DIVORCE when it premiers on HBO. I think it will be a fine program.

  110. It’s the first I’m hearing about this and going to check out when it’s on now!

  111. davisesq212 says:

    I will be watching!!!!!