A lot of people assume that as a Psychologist, everyone in my world supports my passion for changing the way the world views mental health. I wish! There are many who just don’t believe in Psychology – even in my world. But that doesn’t stop me from being me. It doesn’t stop me from having […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Ideas, Inspiration, Mindset, My Journey

May 12, 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

mental health awareness

Leaving Michigan to start my life with Jim was a no brainer … but that doesn’t at all mean that it was easy. To this day, it’s one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through in life. And Denver with Jim was amazing… but it was his city, not mine. Truly a MAJOR adjustment. I […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Ideas, Inspiration, Mindset, My Journey

April 21, 2022

Feels Like Home

After Jim passed away, I found myself constantly saying “This sucks!” When people asked how I was doing. When people talked about their upcoming events. It was my unwanted mantra – This sucks! I couldn’t envision smiling again let alone being happy. I questioned everything, and at some point I made the decision to embrace […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Ideas, Inspiration, Mindset, My Journey

April 7, 2022

The Art of Embracing the Suck

The Art of Embracing The Suck

“Only 2% of widows and 20% of widowers will ever remarry after losing their partner.” There’s no right or wrong time to date again, although the world certainly has its opinions… “Too soon!”,  or in my case,  “What’s taking her so long?” Let me tell you something: It’s not gonna happen. I don’t think most […]

Blog, Grieving

March 24, 2022

The Truth About Dating, and NOT Dating, As A Widow

Widow Dating

“There are 700,000 new widows a year In America – and that’s a pre pandemic number!” The W Word. The club we never ever asked to join. The loss of the future we planned. Starting over. Finding our new (widowed) self. Being a widow is absolutely devastating. That doesn’t even begin to describe it, though. […]

Anxiety, Blog, Depression, Disorders, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health

February 24, 2022

The Top 3 Reasons Why Widowhood Feels More Crushing Than You Ever Imagined

Widowhood

As a psychologist, grief expert and widow, I get a lot of questions about grief and depression – both from individuals dealing with loss, as well as friends and family members with loved ones dealing with a loss. Common questions include: “Is this more of a reaction to grief, or is this crossing over into […]

Anxiety, Blog, Depression, Disorders, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health

January 27, 2022

Grief vs Depression

Grief vs Depression

When do I donate my husband’s clothes? Is it too soon?Am I crazy for not being ready? I get these questions regularly, and they’re questions I asked myself during my journey. And here’s the not so simple but simple answer: it’s different for each one of us. So whenever it’s right for you is when it’s […]

Anxiety, Blog, Disorders, Emotional Health, Mental Health

January 13, 2022

3 Key Steps You Need To Take To Find Your Answer

answer

Four years. I don’t even know what it means… It doesn’t mean it hurts any less. Quite  the opposite. I miss you even more. It doesn’t mean I understand it any better. I still reach for you before I’m fully awake. Every Single Morning. Which means that I’m sleeping,  something I didn’t do much of […]

Anxiety, Blog, Disorders, Emotional Health, Mental Health

December 28, 2021

Four Years – Many Lessons

Four years - many lessons

I’ve dealt with loss in my life – all 4 of my grandparents, my childhood home, friendships. And when I lost Jim the first time – true love. But through all of those losses, the rest of my world remained unchanged. I still had my family, friends, the career I love. My future as I envisioned […]

Anxiety, Blog, Disorders, Emotional Health, Mental Health

December 16, 2021

Mourning the Loss of the Life That Was

How to see your anxiety as a gift! It took me a long time to understand my anxiety, and now it’s important to me to help others on this journey. Because anxiety is many things, including misunderstood. And minimized. And a gift! According to the National Alliance Of Mental Illness “Over 40 million adults in the US […]

Anxiety, Blog, Disorders, Emotional Health, Mental Health

December 2, 2021

How To Thrive When Living With Anxiety

Living with Anxiety

“When was the last time you had a different perspective than one of your friends? When was the last time you learned something about someone else’s culture?”  On November 16th, we celebrated International Day Of Tolerance. Just like World Kindness Day, this is a special day we celebrate yearly to raise awareness for something I […]

Blog, Ideas, Mental Health, Mindset, Support

November 18, 2021

International Day For Tolerance

stress management We live in a world that glamorizes being stressed. It’s like a badge of honor, and it begins early in life. My 11 year old niece said to me recently, “Aunt Sam – can I call you back? I’m really stressed out right now.” 😂 While adorable and amusing, it’s also rather alarming. […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show

November 4, 2021

Managing Stress In Celebration Of International Stress Awareness Day

Stress Management

stress management We live in a world that glamorizes being stressed. It’s like a badge of honor, and it begins early in life. My 11 year old niece said to me recently, “Aunt Sam – can I call you back? I’m really stressed out right now.” 😂 While adorable and amusing, it’s also rather alarming. […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Mental Health, Stress, Support, The Be Ruthless Show

November 4, 2021

Managing Stress In Celebration Of International Stress Awareness Day

Stress Management