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+00:00 December 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 November 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+00:00 September 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+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Authenticity, Change|

Finding Mindfulness through Yoga

I am honored to have a guest post about finding mindfulness through yoga published on MindBodyGreen, check it out: "Growing up in a family of five girls, all born within eight years, I learned to act in ways that pleased others, which led to a pattern of storing anger and sadness in my body. It was an unconscious kind of pattern. I found exercise to be a helpful stress relief as I became a young adult. The younger me seemed [...]

2018-01-12T23:17:35+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Grief, Health|

Parnassus Book Launch Event Photos

We had a standing room only turn out for The Gift of Goodbye book launch at Parnassus Books in Nashville this week. We sold out of books at the event. Good news- more are on order. I continued to be humbled by the positive feedback on the story. We are now in the second print run and have sold over 700 copies so far. Check out more about the event here: http://www.nashvillepost.com/events/media-gallery/20973576/infoworks-execs-memoir-debut

2018-01-12T23:18:25+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Authenticity|

Reviews of the Gift of Goodbye

I am excited to share the following reviews on The Gift of Goodbye: A Story of Agape Love.  All of these are unbiased reviews. I am grateful for the feedback. Enjoy! Kirkus Review "Throughout this book, the author skillfully describes the nuances of her visits with her mother as well as the deepening of their relationship…A remembrance that effectively captures the profound love between a mother and daughter." See more at the following link: http://bit.ly/2oHDtZa Booklist “The author’s friendly tone [...]

2018-01-12T23:19:37+00:00 August 13th, 2017|Cancer, Change, Grief|