A Mother’s Day Tragedy and a Birth-Death Day Celebration

Annah Elizabeth Family, Gavin, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting Leave a Comment

Dear Neighbor, Twenty-eight years ago, a miracle happened when a child was born. When you think about everything that must occur prior to any birth, the precise nature of so many scientific details, every delivery is miraculous. When I began writing this post, I realized that twenty-eight years ago, at the exact same hour, I was timing and logging contractions …

Ask Annah: I’m Afraid My Deceased Loved One Will Be Forgotten. How Do I Prevent That?

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Dearest Neighbor, This is one of the greatest fears The Living have following the death of a loved one, especially an unexpected or “untimely” death. Widows and Widowers. Loss Mamas, Papas, and Siblings. “Orphaned” children. [Insert your whatever.] We lament what will never be. “Lost time.” Things that “should be” but never will be. We have this sense of how …

Ask Annah: How Do You Do It All?

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Dearest Neighbor, Social Media Highlight Reels. Glitz. Glamour. Got-it-all-together goodness. Do these qualities exist? Sure. Do they exist all the time? For anyone? Not on your life. Comparison is one of our greatest life hurdles, which affords it a front row seat in The Five Facets Philosophy on Healing programs. This question came to me leading up to the holiday season and …

Ask Annah: How Do I Apologize When So Much Time has Passed?

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Dearest Neighbor, One of the number one stresses, concerns, and fears surrounding holidays and other celebratory events has to do with relationships. Think about all the jokes you’ve heard and possibly made about those crazy family get-togethers, the family tension, or worries about Who is going to say What. Some of the most common culprits of family rifts are miscommunication, …

Ask Annah: How Do You Inspire Your Children to Do Their Chores?

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“Encourage and support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson, Former First Lady Like yours, our family always had something happening. School and school functions to meet those academic, social, and physical facet needs. Recreational sports and leisure activities to nurture those physical, social, spiritual, and emotional needs. …

Homemade Happiness

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happy Happens ™, Spirituality Leave a Comment

Happy Sunday, Journeyer!! There are three times in the last seven years that I have missed a Happy Happens column. Seven years, Journeyer! The motto has always been “Just like the proverbial shit happens, happy happens.™” This column has been an exercise in making me notice, appreciate, and honor those fleeting moments that collectively are my happiness, even in the …

The 5 by 5 Formula, a 5 Facets Happiness Rule

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“The 5 x 5 Rule: If it’s not gonna matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes being upset by it.” ~ Author Unknown Happy Sunday, Journeyer! I’m having a hard time trying to tell you how my week went… Seldom am I at a loss for words and after numerous starts and re-starts, nothing feels right… But …

Happy New Year and Other Grand and Happy Events

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“You will be the main character of a grand event” ~ Chinese Fortune Happy New Year, Journeyer! The eve of this day is one of the most wildly celebrated events of the year; a mass celebration of hope and resolution and dreams of letting go of the past so that we can move forward in living our best personal, professional, …

Sometimes Happiness Comes in a Cup

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Dearest Journeyer, I have a confession to make: I haven’t been honoring my happy. Quite the contrary, I’ve been focused on those things I don’t have and those that make me feel icky. Whereas I normally look forward to this weekly column, I dreaded this week’s post. I considered skipping it when I scrolled through my photos and found zero images …

I Am Everyday People

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Dearest Journeyer, Last week was a mixed bag of emotional lows and highs…times of defeat, redemption, depression, dialogue, desire, and celebration… It’s so hard to put my finger on the pulse of the past seven days, but as I scrolled through the week’s images, one thing stood out: a short clip of Sly and the Family Stones hit song, Everyday …