Grief and Happiness are Not Mutually Exclusive

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It’s been a while since I’ve written on this platform. My original plan was to take a little time off to focus on copywriting. A few months turned into over a year and here I am. To be completely transparent, the reason I am writing this right now is because I’m doing a 7-day challenge with a coaching group and today’s challenge was about the written word. Although at first I was resistant, due to writers block that has been keeping me quiet, I’m glad it gave me the inspiration because who knows when I would have started writing again.

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Since you last heard from me, I’ve gone through a major life transition. If you know me in real life or follow me on facebook, you already know that my mom (pictured with me above) passed away last December after a 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was by far, the most profound loss I have suffered in life.   At the same time, grief was coupled with relief. Relief for her that the suffering was finally over, and relief for myself and her loved ones, that we no longer had to watch her go through this terrible battle. It was an interesting dichotomy, to feel these 2 emotions simultaneously. It also opened me up to another possibility. To grieve and to be happy are not mutually exclusive, you can experience both together. I spent many days crying and grieving my mom, and I still cry for her. I’m sure I will for the rest of my life. Yet I also felt immense happiness, happiness that she lived an incredible life, happiness that I was so fully supported by so many loved ones during this difficult time, happiness to learn how she touched so many lives over the years, happiness that I am surrounded by love, both in the realm of the living, and in the realm of those that have passed on. I am grateful for all of the lessons my mom taught me both in life and in death.

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In addition to this huge life event, there have been a few other things I want to share. That first one is that in addition to working with the body through teaching movement, I have also been working with the mind and spirit through transformational coaching. I was turned on to coaching many years ago when I saw what a profound difference it made in my life and I wanted to share that with others. After an intense double certification process, which turned my world upside down (in a good way), I am now a master transformational coach. If you want to know more about that, you can do so here. I am currently rebranding so there will be quite a few changes to that site in the next few months.

The last exciting news is that I will start teaching live online classes in the fall. These classes will combine elements of mindful movement (which is a form of meditation, no sitting still though) with belly dance and personal transformational practices. I’ve been developing this format for many years and am excited to share it with you in the near future. Classes will be limited to 12 students, you can see me AND I can see you and give you feed back as they will be live. I will send more info as the initial launch gets closer. If you are interested in being part of a test group for this class, to help me fine tune the technology, please reply to this email or comment on the blog and let me know.

If you got this far, thank you for taking the time to read this all the way through. I know that your time and attention are extremely valuable and I truly appreciate that you shared some of it with me 🙂

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