Newly Separated Maria Shriver Asks for Transition Advice on YouTube

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Maria Shriver and former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger have separated and Shriver has asked for transition advice on YouTube.  News hit Monday that this political-celebrity couple of 25 years have officially called a time out.

“It is so stressful to not know what you’re doing next,” Shriver said to supporters on a March 28th YouTube upload. “I’d like to hear from other people in transition,” Shriver said. “How did you get through it? What were three things that enabled you to get through your transition?”

Among the 240-some replies to her video post, two individuals commented on getting quiet and taking it one step at a time:

“Be Still and Know That I Am God….. we don’t believe in being still in this society….but it is so valuable… be still, get quiet and then you can Hear…. it only happens when we are quiet and Still…. silence is a commodity that is extremely valuable and very hard to come by especially in this world…”

“Ms. Shriver; In a little over one minute, you cover a lot of ground. I do not have all of the answers, but will try my best. First, the world is crazy in 2011, but the world was also crazy in 1941, yet people survived. Faith, Hope, and Love are the three things that have helped me the most during periods of transition. Faith in God. Hope that things will get better. Love is the most important! You have to persevere no matter what tomorrow brings! One step, one day at a time! Thanks”

In 2000 Shriver wrote a book called, “Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World” and it’s chapter headings speak of those ten things:

  • Chapter One: First and foremost, Pinpoint Your Passion
  • Chapter Two: No Job is Beneath You
  • Chapter Three: Who You Work for and with Is As Important As What You Do
  • Chapter Four: Your Behavior Has Consequences
  • Chapter Five: Be Willing to Fail
  • Chapter Six: Superwoman is Dead…and Superman May Be Taking Viagra
  • Chapter Seven: Children Do Change Your Career (Not to Mention Your Entire Life)
  • Chapter Eight: Marriage is a Hell of a Lot of Hard Work
  • Chapter Nine: Don’t Expect Anyone Else to Financially Support You
  • Chapter Ten: Laughter

Is there anything you would add to her list of things you wish you had known?

Watch Shriver here ask the deep question: How do you get through transition? and let us know what advice you would offer.

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World

Ten Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out into the Real World


  1. Anonymous

    May 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Maria, I think it’s so wonderful that you’re asking how others transitioned, and looking outward to others in this quest. In 2002 I moved to a different town, my last child had just graduated high school, and I was waiting for that to “free” me. It meant I was leaving begind the career that I’d worked at for the previous 25 years. I had to rethink what I was going to do, how could I best use my talents and experience of the previous many years of career, and yet transform my situation. The main thrust of what I was seeking, was to be of service. This was my mantra, to be of service, and yet apply everything that I knew in a new way. I PRAYED a lot, every day, and in fact, started going to a local non-denominational church in my new community, to meet new people and to get an in-raod into my new surroundings. Like magic, one day I had an epiphany, which was that I wanted to work with elderly people, and be in service was uppermost.
    Now, nine years later, I am thriving at my new work, having been in business for myself and loving what I do. I’m not exactly “rolling in dough”, but I have the satisfaction of being my own boss, and being the ultimate one in charge of my work, knowing my reputation is entirely determined by me.
    I admie you greatly, Maria, and believe you already have your answers within you. There is some kind of “process” involved, which for me it was thinking and envisioning on a daily basis, until it seemed to “pop” into my mind like magic. But really, the work was somehow subconscious, and had to evolve. I know you will come to that which will just seem “right”, and will use everything you have built within yourself all along the way. I know it will be a wonderful thing, and I look forward to seeing what it will be some day!
    Have GREAT FAITH and it will be.
    Julie Wiley


    May 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    All other projects pale when compared to the source problem
    that 7 billion people live in a World that can sustain only 4 billion.

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