Hi, my name is Mishael Porembski. In 2007, I became a widowed mother. In just five short months, I lost my husband to suicide, gave birth to our second daughter, and lost my mother to breast cancer. I craved a holistic grief empowerment program that helped younger widows, like myself, and helped our children recover from the losses we experienced. I was tired of asking, “Why did this happen to me?” and wanted to take action, healing my mind, body, and spirit through healthy choices. I asked some widowed friends to join me, and our lives changed dramatically. Not finding a program like this, I developed 180 Your Life as a curriculum and Widow Strong as our nonprofit to provide fresh, dynamic support teams to better empower bereaved women and our grieving families. Join me as we get #StrongerTogether!
What is 180 Your Life?
180 Your Life is a fresh, healthy, faith-based, year-long grief guide. This program empowers readers though wise choices for mind, body, and spirit, in a supportive team, training toward a common goal, such as a 5K race. Through the 180 Your Life Eight-Step Program, readers will learn to craft a life they love and leverage their loss into a lasting legacy of hope for themselves, their friends, and their families.
What I Want You To Know
After reading my books, I hope you understand that you are not alone. You can do this. The paradox of grief is that it can be the catalyst to your best life. I want to empower you with the necessary tools to create a healthy, peaceful foundation for mind, body, and spirit, on which you can build your best, most meaningful life after loss. 180 Your Life provides the stories, experts, and tools to create purpose from pain and a lasting legacy of hope. The surprising result: your newfound joy.
How Did I Develop 180 Your Life and Widow Strong?
As a 20-year network news veteran and Southeastern Emmy Award documentarian, I used my journalism skills to interview a winning team of experts and compile proven and cutting-edge research, providing a fresh, healthy approach to grief recovery. The principles of 180 Your Life were gleaned from the experience and success of bereaved women who decided to become a team with a common goal, train body, mind, and spirit, and create triumph in their lives by crossing a finish line and helping others. I tested this program on real-life widows who took part in my nonprofit, Team Lady 180. The amazing result was a life they loved!
Widow Strong is our 501c3 nonprofit that provides support for area and online widow empowerment events, grief support groups, widow-support service projects, and widowed leadership training.
What Do I Know for Sure?
Even when life is feels upside down in a broken world, and your heart is shattered, God is there. He loves you and He has a purpose for your life, as it is today. Your best life is still possible, a life that is vibrant and full. A life that can become your Great Adventure with God.
I know, because I railed at God for no short amount of time, furious that I was now a widow, broken because I deeply missed my husband, best friend and father of my children.
But I also knew that my children did not deserve to be raised in a house of sadness. I had to take action. I had to find my joy again. I needed God’s help and I needed the support of women who understood my loss and had healed well.
Though my trust in God was shattered for a time, I still chose to stay with God through prayer–even enraged prayer–reading my Bible, making healthy choices, and doing life in supportive community.
This became the secret sauce that God used to bring beauty from the ashes of our loss. If He did that for me, I believe He can do that for you too.
That’s the story of 180 Your Life. It’s the real-life journey of how grief transformed our lives into a vibrant lifestyle and purpose that I never expected.
I hope that you discover 180 Your Life to be your best resource on grieving and overcoming emotional and spiritual pain. This book is designed for anyone experiencing the deep pain of loss, and for those who support and want to better understand grieving families. My prayer is that 180 Your Life empowers your small group through faith and wisdom, to transform tragedy into triumph.