Happy Holidays!  I hope that all of you have had a happy holiday season – whatever that looks like for you. Today marks 6 years without Jim. As you can imagine, the holidays have been more than difficult ever since his loss. It’s a time filled with great pain but also reflection. I believe in […]

Emotional Health, Grieving, Inspiration, My Journey, Relationships, Support

December 27, 2023

6 Years, 6 Reflections: Memories and Life Lessons on the 6th Anniversary of Jim’s Passing

Today is National Overdose Awareness Day. Substance abuse is closely tied to mental health, and by breaking the stigmas around both of these issues, we can begin to raise awareness about overdose deaths. So let’s talk about it. The most recent statistics from the CDC report that in 2021, almost 107,000 people in the US […]

Addiction, Grieving, Mental Health

August 31, 2023

Mental Health and Overdose Awareness

My 9 – year anniversary was yesterday, which is always a tough time for me. But in the midst of the complicated emotions, I’m so grateful for the close friendships that are getting me through it all. I want to discuss the important role that friendships play in your overall mental health. From toxic friendships […]

Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Relationships

August 17, 2023

Friendship After Loss

women hugging as they celebrate friendship

Let me start off by saying what I’ve said before: there are not enough grief support services available in this world. The support that is available is the responsibility of those grieving to find. It’s absurd! That’s why I created Griefhab – so that people can get the support they need AT the time of […]

Grieving

July 20, 2023

How Can We Create Better Support Options for Grieving Widows?

July is Bereaved Parents Month–and my guess is that you don’t even know. Because there’s little to no support available for grieving parents. There’s little support available for people grieving, period. And the support that is available doesn’t meet people’s needs according to their own reports, and it’s not provided for them. Rather, it’s their […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Support

July 10, 2023

Bereaved Parents Month: How Can We Provide Better Support for Bereaved Parents and for All People Grieving?

I spent almost 45 years of my life being told that I’m too sensitive and that my dreams were too big – by the people who matter the most to me.   It was so much a part of my life that I just got used to it…. even after I moved from Michigan to […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Support

May 16, 2023

Who Do You Share Your Dreams With?

  It Has been A month! I feel like that applies to so many different times throughout life  Things were moving along in the best direction. For the first time since losing Jim truthfully. And out of nowhere, like it does, life happened. And – also like it does, all sorts of things started happening at the same time. Because […]

Blog, Grieving, Mental Health, Support

April 27, 2023

My Month of Moments

I’ll always talk about Jim. He’s part of me. He’s part of everything I do. So anyone who thinks talking about him might upset me – PLEASE talk about him. NOT talking him is what is upsetting. He’s also connected to my career in so many ways… My first job “in the field” was at The […]

Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Support, Uncategorized

March 21, 2023

Always Part of My Everything

WHAT A WEEK!!  What a football week. One of the things Jim and I instantly connected over was our mutual loveof sports. Especially our mutual love of football. Our wedding tables were named in honor of our hometown teams…. Jim wasn’t allowing a Cowboys anything at our wedding 😂  So football without Jim was difficult… for a long […]

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

January 12, 2023

What a week!!

Today is FIVE years… FIVE years. It doesn’t seem possible. It still feels like I lost you just yesterday – but a lifetime has happened in these five years. It’s longer than our time time together after reuniting…. To be clear: This is not the anniversary I want to be celebrating.  2022 has been an extremely difficult time […]

Anxiety, Blog, Depression, Emotional Health, Grieving, Letters, Mindset, My Journey, Pets, podcast, The Be Ruthless Show

December 27, 2022

Today is FIVE years…

Anxiety… Unless you live with it, you don’t truly understand. And even if you do live with it, you know that there aren’t adequate words to explain it to others. It’s always there – even when it’s dormant. And when it acts up, when it’s raging – no one else knows. It’s invisible, even though it feels […]

Anxiety, Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Moods, My Journey, Support

November 21, 2022

It’s Thanksgiving Week and a LOT is Happening!!

I’m sure I’ve talked about this before… but it’s worth continued conversations! So bare with me. It’s the simple things. The things that happen allllll the time but no one sees. It’s the effen peanuts… Jim didn’t just eat peanuts. He shook them first, the way you shake dice. And it always – I’m talking […]

Anxiety, Blog, Emotional Health, Grieving, Mental Health, Mindset, Support, Uncategorized

November 5, 2022

It’s The Effen Peanuts! The Unexpected But Always Present Grief Triggers