Shaylah Coogan

Shaylah Coogan is a writer, speaker, abuse survivor, and once a homeless single mom of two in diapers. She launched There Once Was This Girl in 2012 to encourage and empower women who are parenting alone. It is through this platform where she openly shares the messy and most ugly parts of her life as a single mom and how she survived through a deepened relationship with Christ. Shaylah spent years in ministry walking side by side hundreds of single moms, helping them uncover their profound worth, purpose, and full potential through the freedom that can only be found in Christ. Shaylah lives in North Texas with her husband and two adult children who are now in college. You can find Shaylah at

Saying Goodbye is Hard…but it’s not forever!

2020-01-09T11:35:41-05:00January 8th, 2020|Dana Che Williams, Dr. Shelia Truelove, Dr. Shelia Truelove, Help For Ministry Leaders, Help For Single Moms, Joy Anisa, Nicole Smith, Shaylah Coogan|

Join us in thanking our 2019 Featured Experts! Time sure has flown! 2019 came and went, and now we are bringing in the new decade! We had an inspiring group of 2019 Featured Experts on The Life of a Single Mom team! They covered some of those hard-hitting topics that some of us try to [...]

When We’re Consumed by Our Mess of Emotions by Shaylah Coogan

2019-09-17T14:35:03-05:00January 14th, 2019|Help For Single Moms, Shaylah Coogan, the life of a single mom ministries|

“He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot and rides on the wings of the wind.” Psalm 104:3 (NIV) Are you a single mom that finds yourself consumed by emotion because of everything you have going on? As I followed my 19-year-old son to his doctor’s [...]