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Can Having a Baby Be a Grieving Experience?

I am 38 weeks pregnant, and while I am excited to welcome a baby boy into our family, I am also scared. Do you remember the definition of grief from The Grief Recovery Institute that I have shared with you time and time again? “The conflicting feelings that come at the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.” Not the bad, sad, terrible feelings… ...

When It Hurts So Much…

Does it feel like we are constantly being bombarded with bad news? Where should we donate our time, energy and money when there is just one thing after another? Do you help with Harvey, Irma, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, or the fires in California? And what about your own personal hardships or those of your friends and family? I had a great interview with meditation expert ...

Know Your Audience

One of the foundational principles in Grief Recovery work is that we don’t compare losses because as we say in the coaching world, compare leads to despair.  When comparing losses no one wins. If I say, “mine is worse than yours,” it can diminish what you have shared often leaving you feeling smaller, less than, or unimportant. If I say, “yours is the worst,” I ...

How to support those affected by Harvey…

With the hurricane and subsequent flooding going on in Houston and the surrounding area, emotions are running high. Growing up in Sugar Land, Texas and still having a significant number of family and friends there​​​, this devastating catastrophe is hitting close to home, both literally and figuratively. Nearly every post on my social media page is about the devastation of Harvey and at this point ...

Can Good Things Come With Mixed Emotions?

Have you ever had the experience of getting exactly what you want only to be met with internal resistance, fear, overwhelm, and doubt?  As I mentioned last week, my book baby was supposed to launch on the 16th of August… but it happened pre-maturely. Within 24 hours The Compassion Code hit the international best-seller in its category on Amazon in the US, Canada, and Germany.  ...

Why Birth is a Grieving Experience

I am so excited to announce that Aaron, Ayla and I will be welcoming a new little one into our family later this fall! While we are so excited and grateful, there is always the part of me that is scared, a little overwhelmed, and a bit nervous about how our lives will change. And that my friends, is the definition of grief. “The conflicting ...

How Can You Help Change The World?

​​I don’t know if you feel this, but sometimes the world can feel like a dark and hopeless place. We are bombarded daily with horrifying headlines about terrorism and violence, refugees who have lost everything, children who are starving, and a deep division in our own country. Sometimes I wonder what role I am here to play. How can I help? What can I do? ...

How Deep Loss Can Bring Us Together

Upon our return from a wonderful summer adventure, we were thrown into the thrusts of a critical family situation, as Aaron’s grandpa Bob was dying. We spent our first two days back in and out of the hospital. While it was really challenging to witness someone you love dying, we felt so fortunate to have the opportunity to support and be supported by Aaron’s amazing ...

Does Vacation Have To Be Stressful?

Do you spend half of your vacation worrying about the work that will be piled up when you get home? Unfortunately, this is a common internal battle. We spend so much of our work time fantasizing about our vacation, and then spend so much of our vacation worrying about work.   Aaron, Ayla and I have spent the last few weeks in France, and while this ...