It’s Jimtember I’m not good at picking favorites – other than my sports teams, obviously. But when it comes to my favorite days of the year, Jim’s birthday is at the very top of my list. If you knew him, you know how much he loved celebrating his birthday. Usually with karaoke. And I adored […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Inspiration, Mental Health

September 8, 2022

Celebrating Jimtember

On our walk this morning, Dallas just cracked me up! ♥ It’s impossible for her to look in front of her – ya know, the direction she’s actually going. Instead, she’s consumed with every noise, smell, neighbor, bird, squirrel, and even wind around her. I’ll come back to this… On the 31st, we’re celebrating our […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Mindset, Pets

August 25, 2022

Celebrating our Ruthiversary: Life Lessons with Dallas Ruth

Someone reached out to me recently through my website, and of course I responded. The reply I received took me back to when I first lost Jim: “I don’t know what I need….” I so vividly remember that feeling. I remember people wanting to help – truly wanting to help and asking me what I […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Mindset

August 11, 2022

Why WE need YOU: Showing Up for people dealing with loss

How is it already the end of July?   It’s amazing to me that time goes by so quickly and it still feels like I just lost Jim yesterday.   Our wedding anniversary is in less than 3 weeks. And Jim’s birthday is 3 weeks after that…. along with football – which we loved together! […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Inspiration

July 28, 2022

Knowledge Is Power

What’s wrong with me? It’s summer and everyone is happy but I’m stressed, depressed and overwhelmed.  Sound like anyone you know? Maybe you’ve been there yourself. And it’s Okay!  We live in a world that avoids uncomfortable conversations. And that makes everything worse. So let’s have the conversations.  Life is full of ups and downs […]

Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mindset, Moods, Stress

June 30, 2022

What’s wrong with me? It’s summer and everyone is happy but I’m stressed, depressed and overwhelmed. 

  The world doesn’t understand grief. The world doesn’t talk about grief. And this is what you absolutely MUST understand. This makes it even MORE difficult for people struggling with loss to heal.    It’s hard enough. And for some reason, there’s this myth that talking about the people we’ve lost makes us feel worse.  […]

Grieving

May 19, 2022

Why I’m Discussing Grief During Mental Health Awareness Month

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