Life 2.0 is for single women
“You know what? I’m thinking about going to Torrey Pines and going for a hike. Does anybody want to come with me?”
Scripps Ranch resident Avalon Hartman was providing and example of the kinds of posts one might see on her Facebook page titled Life 2.0.
It was this past Memorial Day weekend when the idea of creating this page came to fruition for Hartman. While previous years might have spent poolside barbequing with the family, she said this past year felt particularly lonely. Hartman said she has no family living in the area and has recently experienced divorce.
“It was obviously a hard transition to have the family break apart and I really found that, even though I had a really great set of friends, Scripps Ranch is just not a mecca for single women,” Hartman said.
While many people may think single women would be in pursuit of a better dating life, Hartman said this wasn’t her primary concern. As somebody who had always been very tight with the Scripps Ranch community, Hartman said experiencing divorce made it difficult to connect with people the way she previously had.
“(Scripps Ranch is) a very family-oriented place,” Hartman said. “So, I found that I was not meeting other single women who were going through this hard time in their lives. I just needed girlfriends. All of my girlfriends were kind of married.”
This is how Hartman came up with the idea of creating a Facebook page for recently divorced women. The Life 2.0 page has 32 members. However, Hartman said, the goal of creating the group was never for it to be massively popular.
“Whatever it ends up being is perfect,” Hartman said. “Even though it’s a small group, it’s amazing how similar we all are when we just sit down and start talking and getting to know each other.”
She said the group may see the occasional motivational post, however, most women seem to be looking for company more than anything.
“It’s a little bit of everything,” Hartman said. “It’s a way for someone who may not have plans over the weekend but wants to go to a concert for them to post on (the page).”
For Hartman, one of the most important things for her to remember is that divorce is not the end of life, but the start of a new one, she said. With this in mind, the name Life 2.0 made a lot of sense.
“In my generation, it feels like there’s a stigma (of divorced women),” Hartman said. “And, we’ve got to shift that mindset. We matter and our lives can be just as happy and just as meaningful.”
To find the page, search Life 2.0 Scripps Ranch on Facebook. This is a closed Facebook group only for single women who have experienced divorce; therefore, requests to join will be filtered by Hartman.