Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Joy Within Us

The Joy Within Us

Opening to a conversation with our own sacred self


The first of two sessions on Meditative Journaling has taken place….our group was engaged and interested to see what this was all about.  Each of us shared a bit initially, and then we began the process of using meditation and pens to paper to learn about ourselves.

As we spent our time together in a beautiful, intimate space in Sturgeon Bay WI. We all felt the group energy carrying us deeply inside. After each exercise, we shared as we felt comfortable….and quickly felt the support of one another. We ended the session with an unexpected view as a huge ship made its way through the Sturgeon Bay Canal directly before our window.  I must admit, it distracted us as we chose to enjoy this awesome event seemingly within arm’s reach rather than focusing on the planned writing session!

The second session will be this Saturday, and I am excited to return and catch up with the group.  I know that I will have many insights to share since our last meeting, and I’m looking forward to hearing from the others. Spending time as a group pursuing this spiritual tool has again piqued an ongoing inner dialogue within me.  I am grateful.

Sharing Our Journey of Loss When a Parent Passes

Sharing Our Journey of Loss When a Parent Passes

Walking through the many medical glitsches when our parents are terminally ill

Jefferson Street Books

I shared my Saturday morning with a group of readers, writers, and booklovers. I was invited to speak at Jefferson Street Books in my community of Sturgeon Bay WI. I presented my book, Sally: A Memoir which details my walk with my own mother through her hospice care. The morning was lively and intimate, since the subject matter creates deep feelings and memories for all present.

I so enjoyed the time, and always feel inspired to share more after these meetings. We all love and have known loss…but how often do we revisit the deep feelings that we experienced during these times? And how often do we reflect on the changes in our lives since we walked through this in our lives?

I left Jefferson Street Books feeling peaceful and expanded, having touched and been touched by others. That is my purpose for writing this book, and sharing the very intimate details of my own life and family.




The key to dissolving stress

Copper Art

I was invited to speak at the Senior Breakfast in Southern Door County yesterday. It proved to be a delightful experience, especially so since the speaker that presented first introduced the audience to the beauty of simple exercise.  The entire group was energized, excited, and glowing. It truly was a tough act to follow.  But added to my concern was the topic that I had come to present:  how to make 2016 the year to develop a meaningful life.  I laughingly shared that now they were all excited, I am here to quiet everyone down!

And quiet they did, but I was given their rapt attention as I talked about what I have learned from those facing terminal illness, my greatest teachers about life itself. Having our lives affirmed, knowing that our lives held meaning is paramount to a peaceful death, and an easy transition to the next life. I discussed some of the many ways to turn towards that awareness long before we face our final days. And as we start this new year, why not begin assuring that right now?  Why not turn and resolve to make one singe change: to make acceptance our focus?

Acceptance of ourselves, our relationships, our life circumstances, and every aspect of our world is much easier said than done. Yet in committing to taking responsibility for it all causes a shift in our health, wellbeing, happiness, and contentment.  This is the inner coaching that I walk with my clients through, whether they are facing terminal illness or those desiring greater contentment at any phase of life. And it is a fun, exciting, and joyful walk as the changes in clients lives are immediate.

I hope that everyone will make that change this year…..I know that I am committed to it!



Make 2016 Your Year To Develop A Meaningful Life

Frozen Lake Superior

Make 2016 Your Year To Develop A Meaningful Life

Adopting a new view of the world, from ‘your inside out’

Today dawns my first steps into 2016. I feel excited somehow, deeply moved by this particular dawn. Perhaps it is because of the promise I hold in my heart; one that was at first whispered and its voice now has become overwhelming love.

Today I am ushering my day in without my beloved journal, I chose to write this note instead. It feels right…and I welcome the chance to sit before our fireplace with the holiday lights twinkling beside me. The sunrise is reflected on the window, forming a brilliant orange glow across the room. The quiet, the warmth, and the glow contribute to my peacefulness and I savor them all.

My writing done in these moments of silence illuminate my path for the day, and beyond. I have long used my journal to express my deepest feelings, to open to ever new parts of myself, and to seek clarity for my ever developing self. This early morning ritual has become my sacred start to my day, one that I am not willing to live without. And I realize how different I see my world because of it.

Living from this daily guidance and commitment to inner growth has shaped my view of those in my life. I see their struggles in the world as their own attempts to become more fully alive, rather than as the worldly difficulties they are. I approach the world more philosophically, seeing the changes in our collective consciousness as we grow and change as a whole. And as I share myself here, and in personal ways, I find support and encouragement from others who walk similar paths.

As your new year opens, I send hope and encouragement to find your own sacred ritual, one that will help your life take on deeper meaning, greater compassion, awareness, and joy.