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Your Loss is Enough

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” -Maya Angelou So often I hear people say things like, “I went through a terrible divorce, but hers is worse because her husband died.” Or someone says, “I only lost my job, but I can’t feel bad because there are people out there who are starving.” ​While appreciating someone else’s challenge or grief experience can bring perspective to ...

The Pitfall of Planning and What to Do Instead…

As we approach the New Year there is a tendency toward reflection and planning. Where do you spend most of your time? In the past — in regret or fond memories. In the future — in worry or excited anticipation. As I step back and notice my own thoughts, I realize more and more how much time I spend worrying about a future that may ...

It Doesn’t Take Time, It Takes…

“Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” -Tony Robbins About 9 months after my mom died, I just couldn’t keep pretending I was fine anymore. I wasn’t fine. And it was too painful and lonely to stay where I was. ​There was this internal shift where I decided that nothing was too weird to try if ...

Is There an Empty Chair at Your Holiday Table?

While the holidays can be magical for some, they can also be a really challenging time of year when there is an empty seat at your table. Whether you have experienced the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship, or you just couldn’t get home for the holidays, it is normal to feel triggered this time of year. Part of why we can ...

Would You Like To Clear Your Emotional Cookies

Do you know about clearing the cookies on your computer? Cookies pop up when you type anything into your search engine, and the next word that’s going to come up is something associated with what you’ve searched before. For example, when I type in “grief” – the cookies pop up as griefrecoverymethod.com because of my typical searches. So, how does this relate to emotions? The Grief Recovery Method® ...

Don’t Lose Yourself During The Holidays

With holiday parties, decorating, gift shopping, holiday cards, family gatherings, and an abundance of food, the holidays can feel chaotic, exciting, emotional, and draining. So what can you do to enjoy this holiday season more? Let go of the “should” and give yourself permission to say no. I should go to this party. I should get the lights up. I should stand in line to buy ...

How to Move Through Painful Transitions

The seasons changing. Going through a breakup or divorce. Losing your job or getting a promotion. Moving homes or moving across country. What do all of these have in common? They are all transitions. I am in one right now and it is not easy. For months now I have been struggling with the changes in my life. As of May we decided that we ...

How to Have Compassion for a Killer

Over the last decade in the United States we have seen an increasing number of national tragedies. More mass shootings, more hate crimes, more violence—a world divided. We see it everywhere, and the world is no longer feeling safe. Everyday I avoid watching the news because I know what I will see. I don’t want to see it because it breaks my heart, but just ...

5 Tips to Honor a Loved One’s Memory

Yesterday would have been my mom’s 66th birthday. I miss her. I wish I knew what she would look like, act like, and be like now. I wish she were here to know her beautiful granddaughters and see me as a mom. I wish she were here to witness my life and growth and continue being my biggest fan. One thing I have realized, the ...