Welcome to the media kit for Gail Cawley Showalter,
a dear friend to single moms, author of the must-read Living Learning Loving: Lessons of Insight and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood, and the inspiring founder of SMORE for Women. You'll find everything you need here to share Gail's heartwarming journey and priceless wisdom with your audience.
Gail Cawley Showalter
Gail gets it, really. She knows what it's like to face the challenges, pain, and exhaustion of being a single mom. Having raised three kids on her own for sixteen years, she's a tried-and-true survivor. With her background in speech, art, English, Special Education, and Braille instruction, Gail now shares her life lessons through her writing and speaking gigs.
Gail's Heartfelt Book
Writing is Gail's way of lending a helping hand to single moms. Her book offers a lifeline to anyone feeling stuck in the single parenthood rut, showing them that a life full of joy and hope is possible. Living Learning Loving: Lessons of Insight and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood is Gail's latest gem, filled with advice and support every single mom needs.
Living Learning Loving
Living, Learning, Loving: Lessons of Insight and Encouragement on the Path of Motherhood is like a heart-to-heart chat with a compassionate friend who's been in your shoes. Gail's honest and relatable words guide single moms through the rollercoaster of parenthood, offering invaluable advice and a shoulder to lean on.
SMORE for Women
Single Moms Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered
Gail's big heart led her to create SMORE for Women, a nonprofit group that's all about helping single moms become Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. SMORE for Women is the cheerleader every mom needs, offering resources, encouragement, and support for those pursuing their education and a brighter future for their kids.
Gail Lights Up the Stage
Gail's not only an author but also a captivating motivational speaker. She opens up about her own journey, touching hearts and inspiring women from all walks of life. Gail's genuine and down-to-earth approach offers hope and leaves audiences feeling uplifted and ready to take on the world.
for Gail Cawley Showalter
What inspired you to write Living, Learning, Loving for single mothers?
You know, I've been there myself - raising three kids on my own, juggling work, and trying to find some balance in life. I wanted to write a book that could be a supportive friend for single moms, offering them the advice, encouragement, and inspiration I wish I had when I was going through those tough times.
How did your personal experiences as a single mother shape the advice and stories you share in the book?
My experiences as a single mom taught me so much about resilience, self-care, and the importance of finding joy in the little things. I wanted to share those lessons, along with the ups and downs of my own journey, so that other single moms can see they're not alone and that it's possible to thrive even in the toughest circumstances.
What do you think is the most important message for single mothers to take away from your book?
I think the most important message is that you're stronger than you realize, and you have the power to create a fulfilling, joyful life for yourself and your children. It's about finding balance, setting boundaries, and giving yourself permission to prioritize self-care and personal growth.
What advice would you give to single moms who are struggling with feelings of loneliness or isolation?
First, know that you're not alone. So many single moms feel the same way, and it's important to reach out to friends, family, or support groups to share your experiences and connect with others who understand what you're going through. Remember to make time for yourself, pursue hobbies or activities you enjoy, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
How can single mothers balance the demands of parenting with their own self-care and personal growth?
It's all about finding those small pockets of time for yourself and making them count. Even if it's just a few minutes here and there, use that time to recharge, reflect, or work on your personal goals. And don't forget to practice self-compassion - it's okay to prioritize your own well-being and happiness.
Can you tell us more about SMORE for Women and the work you do to support single mothers?
Absolutely! SMORE for Women is a nonprofit organization I founded to help single moms feel Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered. We provide resources, encouragement, and support for moms pursuing their education and working towards a brighter future for themselves and their children. It's been such an honor to be a part of these incredible women's lives and see the difference we're making together.
How did your background in writing, speech, and education influence your approach to writing Living, Learning, Loving?
My background has given me a unique perspective on the importance of clear communication and the power of storytelling. When writing the book, I aimed to create a conversational and compassionate tone that would resonate with single moms and make them feel understood and supported. My experience in education also helped me understand the challenges single moms face when trying to further their education, which I discuss in the book.
What challenges did you face while writing the book, and how did you overcome them?
Writing a book like this requires digging deep into your own experiences and emotions, which can be both rewarding and challenging. There were times when revisiting certain moments in my life was painful, but I pushed through because I knew my story could help others. I also found strength in the feedback and encouragement from fellow single moms who shared their stories with me.
How can friends and family support single mothers in their lives?
One of the best ways to support single moms is by simply being there for them - offering a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, or a helping hand when needed. Sometimes, it's the little things like offering to babysit for an evening or cooking a meal that can make a big difference. Just let them know you care and are there to help in any way you can.
What do you think are some common misconceptions about single motherhood, and how does your book address them?
There are many misconceptions about single motherhood, such as the idea that single moms are always struggling or that they're not capable of providing a stable, loving home for their children. In my book, I challenge these stereotypes by sharing the stories of strong, resilient women who have overcome adversity and are thriving as single parents. I also provide practical advice and tools to help single moms build a successful, fulfilling life for themselves and their children.
Are there any specific strategies or techniques you recommend for single mothers to cope with stress and maintain their mental health?
One of the key things I recommend is practicing self-compassion and mindfulness. This means being kind to yourself, acknowledging your feelings without judgment, and taking a moment to breathe and focus on the present. Additionally, finding a support network, whether it's through friends, family, or a group for single moms, can be incredibly helpful in managing stress and maintaining mental well-being.