How to Weather Life’s Storms in Each Season

How to Weather Life’s Storms in Each Season

I’m in a sweet season of my life right now - Sunshine, joy, an embrace of warmth envelops me... But, it's not always been this sweet... Believe me, I’ve been through sticky seasons, many dark seasons, and sometimes even blah seasons, making me really appreciate this sweet aura. It’s the change in the air as seasons come and go that makes me feel alive. And that’s one thing in life that I can count on to stay the same: change. So here’s to welcoming the season changes in life, knowing they are just that - temporary. Cheers to weathering the storms and enjoying the journey!...
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Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

I spent years reliving the dysfunction in my past. So much so, that I was unable to grow emotionally. And then I saw this sign in a local coffee shop: I just had to have it, because it exemplified everything that held me back in my relationships, my profession, my life. Let Go to Grow I have successfully survived post-traumatic stress, transitioning to post-traumatic growth.  My dysfunction of suppressing the truth for years kept me trapped in a dissociative state where I knew the truth, but no one else acknowledged it, making me feel silenced, powerless.  Angry.  Until I finally spoke up in trauma therapy, opening the door to my prison of silence.  And I let it go. Function from Dysfunction By reading the text of my past aloud in trauma therapy, it allowed my mind to close that chapter, freeing it of the re-reading I had been doing to try to make sense of the dysfunction that I had survived.  The new chapters of my life are written by...
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Move Forward for a Better Life

Move Forward for a Better Life

I suffer from chronic inflammation and haven’t been able to identify the cause. Sometimes my joint pain is so bad that it hurts to bend my fingers or even walk. But, strangely enough, when I begin moving in the morning, though painful, I feel relief from my symptoms. At noon it is merely an annoyance, and by dinnertime my pain is gone completely. The days I remain stationary, resting my joints to allow healing, the pain doesn’t subside, but gets worse. It made me realize that when life’s challenges seem to be at their worst, moving forward, though uncomfortable, can lead you to a better place. Cheers to shifting your reality past our obstacles! ...
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Routine in Life Stifles Your Fire

Routine in Life Stifles Your Fire

It’s hard to admit, but honestly, the only time I really clean my house well is when I’m expecting visitors. The rest of the time, it’s more of a clean as needed routine. I feel we experience life in this same manner - going through our days, on autopilot, just getting things done and settling into a groove.  (Or worse yet, the grind).  But consider the electricity in the atmosphere when a change blows into our routines. Feelings of excitement and anticipation create that unmistakable fire of feeling alive. It is staggering the ease positive energy puts into our activities when we break from our norm. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not wishing to clean my house more often, but the task sure is easier when I am looking forward to a visit from friends! Cheers to making each day special and different from the last!...
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Don’t Look Back

Don’t Look Back

So, I was driving down the road of my life, and I hurriedly made a decision.  Not a bad decision, nor a good decision-just a decision based on the best information I had at the time.  After receiving news that the decision could have, should have went the other way to benefit me more abundantly, I started to look back in my rear view mirror to see the path I missed.  While doing so, I failed to see what was right in front of me - clear open road to more opportunities...the opportunities that are laid out directly on the path I am traveling.  I quickly placed my eyes back on the road and thought, "I don't need to waste time looking back, that wasn't meant for me."  Keep your eyes on the road and enjoy the ride!...
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