Thanks for posting your first chapter. Opening are always tricky and I have to say I completely agree with Kate's feedback. As a reader the telling, passive sentences and filtering throughout the piece kept me at arm's length and I didn't feel immerse in the story.
I would also suggest using Emma Darwin's Tool-kit, which Kate recommended as it has a wealth of information and writing advice.
From the extract it sounds like it is a women's fiction about a woman rebuilding her life about a separation/divorce and of self-discovery.