Did Your Resolution Love You As Much As You Loved It?

Annah ElizabethHappiness, Loss, Grief, and Healing, The Five Facets Philosophy on Healing ™Leave a Comment

Maybe you spent months dreaming up a plan that was sure to take you to new heights or maybe you thought the exciting energy surrounding the trending new diet, exercise or self-help regimen sounded like the next best thing for you, too. Now, for whatever reason, your in-it-to-win-it spirit has turned into God-how-I-hate-this-I-just-might-puke-if…or a You-suck-you-quitter/loser/faker/despicable/[insert your whatever]-You.

Regardless of how you came to setting your resolution, it is obvious that this is more than a little slump; it is just not working for you. In fact, it could be all wrong for you. A few simple questions will help you isolate where the breakdown(s) might be and help you redirect.

Ask Annah: How Can I Possibly Love Another as Much as I did My First?

Annah ElizabethAsk Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, ParentingLeave a Comment

Dearest Neighbor, A question of the ages, spoken by nearly every human that ever walked this earth. Though the query has been asked in countless ways, they all boil down to one ultimate question: “How do we quantify love?” “How can I possibly love another as much as I did my first?” Parents ponder this when thinking about or expecting … Read More

Ask Annah: How Do I Move Forward When the Past Keeps Repeating Itself? Part I, Relationships

Annah ElizabethAsk Annah, Loss, Grief, and Healing, RelationshipsLeave a Comment

Dear Neighbor, Oh, let me count the ways I understand your question. How do I move forward when the past keeps repeating itself? This question is deep and complex and covers so many areas of our lives and across each of our five facets. When it seems as if life keeps dealing you one blow after another, it can feel … Read More

Ask Annah: Why I Stayed Married after My Husband’s Two Affairs

Annah ElizabethAsk Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, RelationshipsLeave a Comment

Dear Journeyer, Many people enter a state of disbelief when they learn that I am still married to the man who had two affairs following our wedding vows. And while some just can’t seem to wrap their brains around it, others have appeared flustered or fustrated, while one person wrote a scathing comment that basically described me as the reason … Read More

Happiness Lives Between Me and I

Annah ElizabethHappy Happens ™, Mental Health, Spirituality, Uncategorized1 Comment

Happy Sunday, Journeyer! This past week has been a combination of everything. Excitement! Fear. Flu-like symptoms. Friendship. Learning. Love. Laughter. Reading. Sadness. Worry about loved ones who ran into some difficult times.  Writing. Strange as it might sound, my week hasn’t felt like the roller-coaster ride you might think after reading this list above! It’s a good thing because some … Read More

Healing and the Two Sides of Prayer

Annah ElizabethConfidence, Healing and the Two Sides of, Spirituality3 Comments

Last night I attended the rehearsal for this weekend’s Clarity Connects inspirational event. One of the speakers talked about finding the magic in every day life. Christy’s story begins with her struggle to leave a full-time job so she could grow a side-line business that brings her great joy and fills her with an unbridled passion that just resonates from every pore. … Read More

The Heart of a Week

Annah ElizabethHappiness, Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Spirituality4 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day, Journeyer! Yesterday I went for a haircut trim before next weekend’s BIG EVENT! Need tickets? Get yours here! This salon is on the second floor of an old building that was originally a local theater! The hardwood floors and the stage are still intact! At the top of the stairs next to the over-sized, barn-style doors is this … Read More

Healing and the Two Sides of Forgiveness

Annah ElizabethForgiveness, Healing and the Two Sides of, Loss, Grief, and Healing4 Comments

“Meet people where they’re at.” Yesterday, while researching quotes for the chapter introductions of the two Grief Diaries anthologies I am co-authoring, I came across that phrase for the umpteenth time in the past couple of months. I have to be honest, though my brain comprehends what the words are saying, I haven’t been able to internalize what the expression means. Meet people … Read More

Who Knew? The Opposite of Love is Not Hate

Annah ElizabethLoss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Spirituality2 Comments

“The opposite of love isn’t hate,” Counselor Sandy said several months back, “it’s indifference.” Those words have come to mind a few times since the wisdom was imparted. The opposite of love isn’t hate. Indifference isn’t a word I commonly use and since my understanding of the word was simply “to not care,” I couldn’t quite put Sandy’s words into perspective. And, … Read More