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The Magic of the “Eff-It” Point

This weekend, as I led a 4 Day Grief Recovery Method Certification, I had yet another opportunity to witness people transform their pain into purpose. The people who attend these trainings are coming to learn how to help others with their grief and sometimes they don’t even realize coming in that they too are grievers.   The truth of the matter is we are all ...

What to do When Your Birthday Sucks

Today is my birthday!! Woohoo! Another wonderful year ahead I hope. Truth be told, my birthday is a hard day for me… more than almost any other day, my birthday is a day where I really miss my mom. She was really into birthday celebrations and helped make my birthday special time and time again. After she died my birthday just felt like a burden, ...

Are Your Challenges Your Greatest Gifts?

Did you know that following any major loss or life transition our intuition is heightened? When our world has been shaken and what we have known to be true has been stripped away, we often feel broken, foggy, confused, sad, anxious and a myriad of other emotions. This is the part that sucks big time. However, something else happens during this time that I have ...

Do You Know the Magic Words for Change?

Mama Jane, my maternal grandma always said, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” I took her words to heart, and I use this concept as a way to check in with myself about what I truly what.  Have you ever wanted something so badly that you knew you would find a way no matter what? When it comes to grief I often hear my ...

What Does Love Have To Do With Politics?

Why does it seem like we wait for someone to die before we sing their praises? Wouldn’t it be nice for people to know all the lovely things we think and feel about them during life rather than waiting to memorialize them at their grave? Nancy Reagan’s recent death spurred a lot of wonderful commentary about her life, the work she and President Reagan did ...

Has Grief Become the Monster in Your Closet?

Freshman year of college was one of the best and worst times of my life. On one hand, I made amazing friends, loved dorm life, met a great guy, lived in a cool city, had a new found freedom, and took some amazing classes. On the other hand, I left everything I had known behind: all the friends I had known for since childhood, the ...

Redefining Selfish

From the time we are young we are taught to share, to be generous, to be thankful, and to care about others. We’re also taught that it’s bad to be overly concerned with ourselves. If we care too much about our well-being, our desires, our hopes and dreams, we are considered selfish. The word itself has such a negative connotation that I would never want ...

7 Critical Lessons About Emotions That Make Pixar’s Inside Out a Must See for All Ages

Spoiler Alert: This post contains details about the plot. We walked into the theater for date night, and my husband jokingly said, “We can tell people we are vetting this movie for Ayla.” Ayla (pronounced eye-la) is our 10-month-old daughter who is a ways away from Inside Out, Frozen, Cinderella or any of the other fan favorites. The truth is, Aaron and I have been ...