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

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting Leave 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 …

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

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Relationships Leave 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 …

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

Annah Elizabeth Ask Annah, Family, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Relationships Leave 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 …

Happiness Lives Between Me and I

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Spirituality, Uncategorized 1 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 …

Of Mistakes and Meaning

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Wow… Each week as I sit down to write my weekly Happy Happens column, I do two things. 1) I look back through my day planner to see how the previous seven days managed to flash before my eyes. 2) I scroll through my iPhone camera roll so I can recall the many fleeting moments that made …

Healing and the Two Sides of Prayer

Annah Elizabeth Confidence, Healing and the Two Sides of, Spirituality 3 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. …

The Heart of a Week

Annah Elizabeth Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Spirituality 4 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 …

Healing and the Two Sides of Forgiveness

Annah Elizabeth Forgiveness, Healing and the Two Sides of, Loss, Grief, and Healing 4 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 …

Who Knew? The Opposite of Love is Not Hate

Annah Elizabeth Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Spirituality 2 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, …

Healing and the Two Sides of Love

Annah Elizabeth Healing and the Two Sides of, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health 2 Comments

The esteemed Glennon Doyle Melton signs off most of her posts with “Love Wins.” I’ve read a few of her essays on the subject matter and I’m sure there are many more I haven’t read. It’s a pithy little mantra that has recently come into focus on an entirely new level for me. It first surfaced when a person with …