Grief – We Need To Talk About It

Little Chats From The Heart – Grief.  It is everywhere and we need to talk about it. It has shown up without warning.  Uninvited. Casting a dark and unwelcome shadow that has quickly spread across the globe.  Leaving us feeling vulnerable and exposed to an invisible enemy that is difficult to see but impossible to ignore. It feels personal and like most grief – it is.  There is no way to avoid it or to hide from it.  Not this time.  … Read More

Kindness – The Gift of Giving One Step At A Time

I am not a morning person but today I woke up at 4:45 AM excited to go out and make a small difference in the world.  It was still dark as I pulled out of the driveway and drove to St. Paul.  To volunteer at the Union Gospel Mission with my family. And what a gift it was.  For us.  To serve others in need. We had talked about volunteering during Thanksgiving week many times but sadly there always seemed … Read More

Health Is A Gift – Don’t Take It For Granted. Ever.

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” Mahatma Gandhi Yesterday was a challenging day and if I am honest, I had a complete meltdown in the shower. There is a lot going on. My youngest left for college last week. Work is super busy. And – my health has decided to say f#@K you at a time that is just not convenient. Then again when are health issues ever convenient. I’m not here … Read More

I Have Been Here Before – But Saying Goodbye To My Child Is A Really Hard Thing To Do

Loss and grief can sometimes rise out of changes in life that are, for the most part, good things that we experience in this world. It doesn’t always have to erupt out of something bad. As I ponder my youngest daughter leaving for college tomorrow my heart is filled with mixed emotions and from one moment to the next – I feel so freaking vulnerable and tears are hovering close by.  I am struggling to accept that it is here. … Read More

Grief Is All Around You – Be There For One Another Every Day

My husband and I attended a reception at a country club this week.  It was a nice gathering and of course it was great to see a few friends. I sipped on a glass of wine, visited with a few people and due to a prior commitment left before Neal and far too soon.  The weather was beautiful and as I walked towards my car, I noticed a gentleman standing by an old red pick-up truck holding a blue vase … Read More

Loss And The Holidays – How To Manage Grief When That Holiday Comes Around

Summer is here.  It is hard to believe that June is over and regardless of cooler temperatures, Fourth of July has arrived. I grew up loving the Fourth of July and in truth, it was one of my favorite times of year.  Our family would go camping in Northern Wisconsin and eventually we went to a family cabin every year.  The tradition continued with my own kids.  Lazy summer days, the heat of July, boating, bonfires, s’mores and magical firework … Read More

Namaste’ All Day Long – 7 Ways To Find Peace When You Are Angry And Hurt

The weekend ended with a toxic exchange of texting borne out of anger and blame.  Needless to say, I did not handle it well and it left me feeling beat up and struggling to breathe.  The who doesn’t matter but how I allowed it to affect me does. Unfortunately, I felt incredibly upset and consequently, words said left me feeling beat up and questioning my self-worth.  Of course, I was defensive, reactive and fired back.  My ego managed to flex … Read More

It Is Never Too Late To Make Your Dreams Come True

Everyone has a dream and in truth it is having a dream that often brings passion and excitement into our lives.  Unfortunately, far too many people stop pursuing their dreams or fail to start following their dreams at all. Paulo Coelho, the author of The Alchemist, said, “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” There is truth and a deep wisdom shared in these words.  But – human beings often struggle to believe … Read More

When The Past Comes Knocking – 12 Tips On How To Fight Back And Reclaim Your Power

Damn – the past decided to come knocking at my door last week and sadly, it slammed into my world and left me bruised and broken on the floor. I didn’t want to let the past in.  On the contrary, I tried to ignore it and push it back to where it belongs.  But – the past bullied its way back into my personal space anyways.  It didn’t seem to care that I didn’t want to see it, feel it, … Read More

The Power Of Self-Limiting Beliefs And 7 Ideas On How To Move Beyond Them

Self-limiting beliefs.  Ugh.  I have a few and sadly, they still rear their ugly heads and sometimes stand in the way of happiness.  I can be having the best day and suddenly a trigger will take me back to that young girl that came to believe she was not good enough and didn’t deserve to be loved.  55 years old and yet my self-limiting beliefs still sometimes control my entire world. Most people have self-limiting beliefs and in truth, the … Read More