Gratitude Amidst Grief

When I was at the depths of my grief after losing my brother and my Mom, there were glimmers, many glimmers or breaks of a type of sun amidst the sadness that allowed me to catch my breath.

Sunny sadness…

I was grateful for those breaths, which most times came when I thought to myself, I have no regrets in my relationships with either of them.

Add to that all the awesome, dance until late in the night (and more) memories I could quickly pull up during the grief journey, reminiscing how much my heart expanded as a result of having each of them in my life, regardless how our lives together were cut short, and, you could say that gratitude was as ever-present as the grief.

Whether we know it consciously or not, I think this is what gets us to the other side [gratitude breaks…moments where life, like gold or money, appreciates as a result of having felt the cooler days and, thus, being able to compare and contrast].

And isn’t that what life is ~ a string of years and years of moments that allow us to compare and contrast (gratitude, healing, getting closer to our most prized people and relationships all come from this place of range and having felt the difference available in all of life’s experiences).

I was grateful to be on this Tulum beach with Josh two years ago, not because I got to ‘get away’ but because I created and received another golden opportunity to love fiercely, so, too, no regrets. 🙂

Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is what I say at night.

Thank you.

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.

Healing Is Calling

Healing is calling…

To more fully understand, accept and eventually heal a wound is to allow others in, really. allow. them. in. Over and over again. (Allowing compassion for self high up on this list). 

Who or what are you allowing in and what are you healing?

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.

This Life, Man…

This life, man.

Man, we have this one big, beautiful life (as far as we know). 😉 

If we paid as much attention to the time inside relationships as we do on work or what supplements or medicines we need to take, we would be some of the healthiest people on planet earth.

Without people and the effort we make, life is dull and solitary, not healthy, nor nearly as fun.

It’s fun to call people back, even if you’re not a phone person like me, it’s smart to get some sort of ‘system’ for making sure we text people back, it’s mature of us, too, to make both the good conversations and the more tough conversations a priority. Plus —work schmerk…we’ve all have had that excuse and it’s just not any good anymore.

What’s left unsaid is often left in us when someone passes(this goes for both the lovey-dovey stuff, as well as the challenging convos that might, before they (or you) go, produce an understanding and/or a greater level of peace inside both of you and inside the relationship).

Don’t wait for another day to share time, to say what you want to say, to tell them you love them (or that they always look so flipping good in that color), to make the date to go for that walk or to go dancing…and it’s *these* moments that connect and create the stronger bond of support we all need…

When people say you can’t take it with you, in regards to money, it’s true — but what we can and do take with us, is anything at all that is emotional or connecting in its outcome…also, we can’t forget that which continually connects us to the people in our lives, in turn, connects us to ourselves.

In all these ways, let’s fill up on love and effort! 

THIS life man. It’s a good one when you make it so!

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.

Empowerment Is…

The simplest and easiest form of the empowerment of women: spending time with those that lift you (so high up you fly to Paris). 🙂

We *are* the average of the five people we spend the most time with. If that’s not an empowered thought for you, it’s time for a prest-o change-o.

Let’s make happiness your business by creating your authentic brand…

To the best of the rest of your life!

Life is good.