Sarah has not only survived divorce, she has thrived!
The woman I met today was not the wreck of a human I witnessed back in 2012. She exudes confidence and has such a warm personality, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago, this smiley, happy person had hit her ‘rock bottom’ thanks to bankruptcy, divorce and a whole lot more.
Having been there with her through this journey, I am so happy to see how driven she is about Beacon – time to ask some probing questions…
When and where did the idea come about for Beacon?
When I was looking to file for divorce in 2012, I was so frustrated that I couldn’t easily find advice online. In all honesty, I had no idea where to start looking. There is free advice out there on Government-run websites and also the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, but when in the emotional state I was in, I couldn’t bring myself to trudge through the pages of text to find what was relevant to me.
It wasn’t till after my divorce had finalised in 2013 that I had ‘the lightbulb moment’. I had a chat with friends and family about the concept and they questioned certain aspects of the functionality and in turn made me question what the mission was. Originally, I had over complicated it and essentially all I really wanted to do was create an online and offline experience to help people through separation and divorce.
Although it took a further 2 years to get to the stage we’re at now, I feel that having the time to reflect and re-evaluate ideas, I have created something of use with a clear mission.
Is this site just you giving Karma a helping hand?
I can’t deny that I would love to see my ex receiving a bit of what is deserved, however this site is not about him, in some respects it’s not about me either. The point of Beacon is to help people in the UK through separation and divorce – I have used my story as a way of relating to people. By them reading about my mistakes, failings and triumphs they may be able to make positive changes in their life.
What makes this site different to all the other divorce sites out there?
It’s colourful and bright! 🙂 Having done some research on the sites that are out there I have found 3 types of site;
- Government and government funded websites – Great for legal advice, but usually cold, text based and functional
- Solicitor’s websites – Great for legal information, mediation advice but not emotional side of divorce for the person involved
- Personal/Individual’s websites – Great for both legal and emotional – a lot of these sites focus more on parenting advice than what happens to you as a person during separation and divorce
Beacon is a combination of helping people find the right legal information coupled with advice and inspiration on other parts of life – whether it is practical, financial, health, family or relationship advice they are looking for, Beacon aims to be the guiding light not only during divorce/separation, but in the months and years following.
Most sites cater purely for divorcing heterosexual clients – Beacon is a site aimed at divorcing couples, civil partnerships, cohabiting partners, single parents and also families.
Although the site is currently an articles-based experience, we are working on a communication tool that will make the divorce process easier for everyone involved.
How are you going to achieve all this?
I have a great support team around me, from developers to writers, legal experts to life coaches. I also have an army of family and friends who are contributing where they can.
Do you miss anything about your past?
I miss my extended family – my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They were like family and I think about them all the time. I hate that I missed out on seeing my sister-in-law get married or being around to meet her children. I miss my ‘mum’ the most – we were very close.
There is a lot more that I don’t miss than do!
What are your hopes for the future?
For Beacon to genuinely help people through typically dark days when getting divorced. I want to keep evolving the site so that it is always current and for the communication tool to be a success.
I would love for Beacon to be my full-time job and to inspire people to make the most of life and love!