Rape. A brutal, repulsive word, no doubt. When most people hear that word, they immediately think about physical rape. I certainly don't need to define that term for you, as you already know what it means. I haven't been physically raped, so I can't begin to attest to what victims really feel ... Read More about The Ugly Truth About Emotional Rape
There are so many things I love about the fall season. Spring was always my favorite when I lived in Tennessee, but now that I'm a coastal girl, and the summer was hotter than ten hells this year, I welcomed fall with wide, open, baby-come-to-me arms. Now, don't get me wrong--when I was a Tennessee ... Read More about Season Sentiments: Ten Things I Love About Fall
People say that we always find what we’re looking for when we least expect it. I haven’t always been a big believer in that. But last January, something extraordinary happened: I found newness in the place I never anticipated I would find it. You know how it is: everybody friends everybody on ... Read More about The Anticipation of Newness
I’ve talked about grief a lot over the last few weeks on Truly Madly Sassy and that led me to ponder the question of just how does a person deal with loss? Is it innate? Is it something that can be learned or taught? I don’t know the answers to those questions, so I asked my friend Cathy, who is a ... Read More about Grief Counseling: An Interview
There are all kinds of grief, really. The dying kind. The losing the love of your life kind. The losing yourself kind (uh oh, danger danger, that’s a biggie, right?!). So in true-sassy-form, I asked some friends on my personal facebook page what they think about when they hear the word ‘grief’. And ... Read More about Good Grief…Just Kidding!
Grief. Grieving. Words loaded with the most intense jumble of feelings that have ever been. We don’t reach middle age without experiencing loss of some sort. I’ve grieved for the end of marriages. I grieved when my father died. I grieved the slow loss of the man I had loved since I was 15 when ... Read More about Forging Ahead: How To Keep Moving Forward When You’re Grieving
I miss him today. Not the-him-he-is-now, but the-him-he-used-to-be. Happy. Confident. Full of life. Hysterically funny. I always imagined he slept with a smile on his face because he was so jovial. But the man who sat before me in May with Sybil is not the man I knew. Not the man I fell in love with ... Read More about The Unraveling
Sybil is my therapist. And yes, that’s really her name but nobody ever believes that because they think I’m using it metaphorically (what’s her real name? Sybil. Seriously?? Yes. And she’s a THERAPIST? Yes. You’re totally joking, right?! No, no I’m not— hey, it always makes for good ... Read More about Everybody Needs a Sybil
Every human being on the planet has some semblance of narcissism, but there are those out there, men and women, who are full-blown-real-life-textbook narcissists.You know the type: charming, charismatic, well-liked by others (until they get to know who the narcissist REALLY is, and then they ... Read More about Recognizing Narcissistic Abuse
Vision boards are like road maps. They are meant to clarify the things that are important in your life. And I don't know how many of you have ever done one, but I've completed three of them in the last 6 years. The whole concept of a vision board is to show you where you are now and where you want ... Read More about Vision Boards: The Stuff of Life
Moving isn't for sissies. Or so they say. And while I've heard that expression most of my adult life, I never put any stock into it. I've moved several times and never had a terrible experience. In fact, it was always a welcomed change and one that I always looked forward to. A new adventure of ... Read More about It Takes A Village…No, Really.
Hope y'all have had a good week! Remember the Ted Talk I posted by Brene Brown about vulnerability?! This is the follow up to that. Let's talk about shame. Shame...what do you think of when that word comes to mind? To me, shame is a pretty powerful emotion. It's one of those things that can be ... Read More about Brene Brown: Listening to Shame