Time as a Measure of Value

Time is a helpful way to measure value. Have you ever really considered how you spend your Time, and been honest with yourself about the result? Does it measure what you value most? When you consider how you spend each hour of your day, it will give you a sense of what is really important to you, from the perspective of your actions. Many of you will read this and would agree that you have taken stock of what is [...]

2018-01-13T19:07:03+00:00January 13th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Love|

New Year, New Focus

A New Year, A New Focus- the age old tradition of setting new goals or resolutions, to be better at or do more of something.... As I moved through the first day of 2018, I watched the water in Richland Creek ripple over the stones and pebbles and considered the various twists and turns my life took the previous year. I felt peace and joy to be standing in a space of comfort as new beginnings were unfolding. As our [...]

2018-01-07T04:04:59+00:00January 7th, 2018|Authenticity, Change, Faith|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Marianne Williamson

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Marianne Williamson. I first was introduced to Marianne Williamson's writing through my mother. She was an avid reader and would send my sisters and I her favorite books when she felt the books would help each of us. The first book I received was A Return to Love. My mother embodied the full meaning of Agape Love, as I describe in The Gift of Goodbye, [...]

2017-12-28T19:18:30+00:00December 28th, 2017|Change, Faith, Love|

Surviving grief, from mariashriver.com

Surviving grief is similar to riding ocean waves, unpredictable and yet a reality.. Each of us has a grief story, some of us have more stories than others. Each story is unique in some ways, and yet similar in others. During the holidays, the grief can be magnified, especially if it is the first time to go through the holiday without your loved one.  After losing my mother and then my sister unexpectedly last year, I have learned that grief [...]

2017-12-16T20:17:32+00:00December 16th, 2017|Change, Grief, Loss|

Inside The Gift of Goodbye: Ch 1 Venturing into the Unknown

Inside The Gift of Goodbye: Highlights from Chapter 1, Venturing into the Unknown Chapter one opens with some background about my upbringing, my mother's influence on me, and lays the groundwork for my marriage and relationship with my children's father. While our relationship was founded on passion and romance, over time the many demands of work, running a household, having and raising children, and life started to create a wedge between us. After six months of not making progress healing [...]

2017-11-26T21:05:36+00:00November 26th, 2017|Change, Divorce, Grief|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Dr. Brene Brown

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing, including Dr. Brené Brown. An author of four books and several TEDtalks, her most impactful book to me at the time was The Gifts of Imperfection, which I received as a gift for my 50th birthday. I was in the process of expanding version 1.0 of my story and her words spoke directly to my heart, in a profound and life changing way. After [...]

2017-12-28T18:41:14+00:00November 19th, 2017|Authenticity, Change|

Inside the Gift of Goodbye: Introduction

Inside the Gift of Goodbye is a new series of blog posts intended to share a little more about the story, and the story behind the story. Included below is a little background and introduction to the story. One of the most frequent questions I hear is how long did it take to write the story and what tools did I use in the process. As a single mother, working full-time, the writing took a little longer than I had [...]

2017-11-13T15:45:56+00:00November 13th, 2017|Change, Faith|

Authors Who Influence My Writing: Wm Paul Young

I am grateful to the many authors who have published before me and influence my writing. William Paul Young, author of The Shack, is one of those authors. I can remember the weekend that I read his first book, over a July 4th weekend in 2009. I finished reading it in two days, carrying it with me to the pool and gym, hardly able to put it down. I was able to hear Mr. Young speak at a Forgiveness Nashville [...]

2017-11-02T02:15:01+00:00November 2nd, 2017|Authenticity, Grief|

Helpful Tips for Healing from Loss

We each have felt loss of some type in our lives. Maybe recently or 20 years ago. The reality is life is forever changed as we knew it from that moment forward. We have a choose to hold it in, suffer quietly, and miss the life we are each here to live. Or face our feelings, whether anger or hurt or regret or sadness or something else, and take action to move forward. After loosing my sister fairly suddenly last [...]

2017-09-28T19:57:38+00:00September 28th, 2017|Grief|

What you Believe is What you Experience

Do you remember a book from about 20 years ago called Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson? It was a widely popular, best-selling book with a key theme of guiding people on how to focus on the opportunity in a changing situation, versus seeing change as the end of something. How you interpret the theme depends on if you are a “why” or a “what” kind of person. If you are more of a “what” person, you might have heard [...]

2017-09-24T01:05:51+00:00September 21st, 2017|Authenticity, Change|