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2017 Lessons and Blessings

2017 Lessons and Blessings

     I am ready for 2017 to be gone. It has been one of the hardest years of my life. In 2014, I had found a strength I did not know existed in the depths of my soul and once again, I had to rely on something supernatural to survive. The darkest moments of my life began in February 16, 2017 with a phone call. I instantly knew something was wrong, and within 5 hours I was faced with the greatest fear I have ever known. Over the next 2 months, confusion, doubt, and just plain uncertainty loomed every waking...

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Grieving vs. Mourning, Is There a Difference?

Grieving vs. Mourning, Is There a Difference?

Clients have asked me, “What is the difference between Grieving and Mourning?”  These terms are often used interchangeable, but it is important to note that there is a difference.  Grieving is a term used when speaking of the internal experience of the one who has lost a loved one to death.   Grief is what we think and feel on the inside such as sadness, fear, regret, even numbness (the sense of being without feelings) are all part of grieving.  Mourning is the term applied to the external process we go through in adapting to the death.  This might look like...

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What shirt are you wearing?

What shirt are you wearing?

     What is your t-shirt size, do you even know? What color do you look really good in? I am not talking about clothes. I am talking metaphorically. If the words and labels people throw at us were T-shirts, would you collect them and hang them in your closet? Many of us do. As children, grownups often carelessly throw out hurtful words in a moment of anger and a child will grab it, put it on, and then spend the rest of their lives getting real comfy in that shirt. For example, a parent may say to a child, “You...

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Ping Pong and Life

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Ping Pong and Life

     Here we are a few days before the New Year. Do you set goals and brainstorm resolutions? A lot of people do, but few keep them. Just check out a gym in January and return in March, according to US News, 12% join in January compared to 8.3% on average other months. Why wait till January to change your life. When people decide to join a gym, they want to change something about themselves. Losing weight, feeling better, meeting someone new, and other changes are possible when you exercise.  Physical, mental and relationship changes are only three of...

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All I want for Christmas...

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All I want for Christmas...

An interesting thought crept into my head early the morning before Thanksgiving. Strangely enough it had nothing to do with turkey and pies. On Thanksgiving Day many families, like mine, stand around the table holding hands and say what they are thankful for. It is the single most day out of the year people in the United States give thanks. Over the next month begins the asking season. Often the very same day, people begin asking, “What do you want?” We even create elaborate detailed lists to make the gift-giving season easier. We write letters to a fictional character in...

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