Tips for Empty Nesters

Tips for Empty Nesters

1. Change is Inevitable. Attitude is Everything! One thing we all know for sure is everything is constantly changing and being uncertain about the future may stir up feelings of anxiety. As our children leave the nest it is our responsibility to learn to access our natural generative energy. Stagnation, despair, boredom, loneliness or indifference leave us feeling lifeless. On the other hand; trying something new, being open and flexible, becoming involved in the life of community allows us to cultivate a more positive attitude as we grow older. Later in life the ego can no longer drive our experience. In his book Shadow Dance, David Richo creates an acronym for the ego’s FACE: F- fear; A-attachment; C- control; E- entitlement.  True wisdom comes when we shift our allegiances from fear to curiosity, from attachment to letting go, from control to trust, and

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The Gifts From the Sea

The Gifts From the Sea

One of my favorite things to do that provides me with peace and serenity is taking long walks on the beach. All the five senses in my body are revitalized by feeling the sand in between my toes as I listen to the waves gently rolling ashore, tasting the salty air as I look for treasures along the way and celebrate the feeling of just being alive. I recently traveled to Florida and had a few days before my husband and two children came down for Easter. This time alone was such a gift!  Solitude is something I cherish and feel it is necessary for me to reconnect with myself. Our family has so many wonderful memories going to the beach and I had time to reflect on how much my life has changed. My children are grown adults now and I was

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Spring Forward: It’s Time to Forgive!

Spring Forward: It’s Time to Forgive!

Spring is such a great time to renew yourself! I read a quote a while ago that said; “Hating someone is like taking your own poison.” We all have been deeply hurt by someone. It is difficult to let go because we justify our perspective, but that keeps our pain from moving through us so we can heal. But we must forgive if we want to live a wholehearted and happy life! A great book to read on forgiveness is; The Book of Forgiving, by Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho Tutu. They provide a pathway to forgiveness I have personally applied to my life and I found this process extremely helpful. There are four pathways to forgiving; 1.) Telling the Story 2.) Naming the Hurt 3.) Granting Forgiveness 4.) Renewing or Releasing the Relationship Forgiveness is a very personal journey that will

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Spring Forward into a New Beginning

Spring Forward into a New Beginning

Please attend the next Gathering Women Event on March 20th I would like to personally invite you to another special occasion just for women!! Now that spring is right around the corner, what better way to start getting ready for those warmer days and summer nights than by enjoying a fun-filled evening with some friends! Join us for appetizers and drinks as we come together to be inspired, gain new insights from women with fantastic ideas about fashion, make-up, skin care, and hormonal therapy! I will be kicking off the evening with a great activity from Brené Brown’s book; Braving the Wilderness, where I will discuss developing the courage to truly belong to ourselves and how to avoid spending our lives trying to fit in and hustle for acceptance. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dixie Lee Childers Menser, CNP, ABAAHP.

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Have You Built Walls Around Your Heart?

Have You Built Walls Around Your Heart?

Everyone has a heart that needs to be tended to. Have you built walls around yours? I wanted to share with you just a few precious presents that I have received from friends and loved ones that have involve hearts. Many know how much I love and collect hearts, I guess because I relate them to people.  Some are smooth, some have texture, others are big, some are small. I  love all the different variations of this beautiful shape. We ALL have a heart and honoring everyone’s differences and experiences allows us to see the beauty we all have inside. I am filled with gratitude and love and will always hold these treasures and the meaning behind them forever in my heart.  As Valentine’s Day approaches; it is a difficult holiday for many people. During this time reaching out to others is something

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A Wish For All of You. Let Go in 2019

A Wish For All of You. Let Go in 2019

Letting go is one of the most powerful self-care things you can do for youreself. The REAL definition of self-care is pausing and paying attention to yourself!  It is about working to craft a good daily life. Self-care can be varied, inconsistent and dependent on your current circumstances; but when you slow down, pay attention and ask yourself some questions and listen to the answers self-care CAN become a consistent regular practice.  Here is a suggestion: Make a list of things that make you feel most human. Is it art? Crafting? Reading? Exercising? Meditating? Praying? Cooking?  It doesn’t matter what it is, asl long as it feeds your soul. Schedule THESE into your life for 2019. Hold yourself accountable. Give yourself the opportunity to listen! Sometimes I pause, check in with myself, and realize the thing I need right now is to relieve

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Educated A Memoir: WHAT A SURPRISE!

Educated A Memoir: WHAT A SURPRISE!

While deleting and organizing my emails about a few weeks ago, I came across an invitation to attend a lecture at the Franklin Park Conservatory introducing an author by the name of Tara Westover; who wrote the book called; Educated A Memoir. Educated is a book about growing up in the mountains of Idaho with parents who were survivalists raising seven children away from mainstream society.  Tara Westover was home-schooled, worked in her father’s junkyard and endured different forms of violence and abuse. When Tara’s brother got himself into college; she decided it was time to find her place in the world beyond the mountain. So, she taught herself all the basic subjects and was admitted into Brigham Young University. But her education continues on to Harvard and Cambridge University. I was intrigued by her story so of course, I attended her lecture. As

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Dr. Brené Brown’s New Book: Braving the Wilderness

Dr. Brené Brown’s New Book: Braving the Wilderness

Dr. Brene Brown’s newest book is called Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belong and the Courage to Stand Alone We are in a culture of perfectionism and pleasing, and while our ability to respect differences is eroding, it is easy to stay quiet or try to fit in rather than show up and be our true selves. If we want to attempt to brave the wilderness we will come across uncertainty and criticism; now that is a guarantee! Brene Brown discusses the daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity, a personal commitment to ourselves that we carry in our heart. Remember those times when you tried to fit in and then, later on, felt like you just sold a piece of yourself? It was only AFTER you gave it away you realize how precious and valuable it really was. We need

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Mark Your Calendars for the Big Event

Mark Your Calendars for the Big Event

Gathering Women for Connection & Community AUGUST 27TH, 2018!! Please join us for a very special evening to meet and mingle with women who are fun, authentic, and inspirational! This event will be taking place at The Barn, in Hilliard, Ohio, from 6:00-9:00 PM. I wanted to offer a genuine experience for people to connect, cultivate new relationships and learn from one another! There will be three fantastic speakers that will be sharing their expertise for all of us and they are: Dr. Stephen Laflamme, PT, DPT, owner of Axiom Therapy and Performance, he will be discussing how making physical health a priority increases the quality of our lives and what women need to know when they are starting an exercise program. Amy Hanner, Board Certified Aesthetician will be presenting valuable information about how our skin ages and what we need to know

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Women Offering Women Support: WOW!

Women Offering Women Support: WOW!

I recently had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful women while presenting a Brené Brown,”Daring Greatly” workshop. The discussion topic was about how we ALL have the ability to “Dare Greatly”.  What caught my attention was the support and kindness all the women had for each other. I kept thinking how nice it would be if more women would be able to experience this type of camaraderie and connection. I came up with an idea and would love your feedback!  I would like to create an occasion to invite women to be themselves, bring a friend and enjoy an evening filled with inspiration and fun! The event would take place in a relaxing setting which includes appetizers and drinks along with speakers that provide valuable information that all of us could use and share with other women!  The topics could range from skincare,

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