Inspirational Quotes

Angels will keep charge over you,……they shall bear you upon their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. ~   Psalm 91:11-12

It is not in the going down that we demonstrate resilience; It is in the getting up again.  ~ Ingrid Poulson

In love, there is no separation   ~ White Eagle

Walk bravely into the mystery of tomorrow ~   Unknown

And most of all, you were sure it would be impossible for you to function as a whole human being not buffeted by the waves of sorrow that swept over you in the early days of your tragedy. But you will. You will do all that and you will do more. - Harriet Schiff

In these words I hope you can find comfort, hope and inspiration  ♥ ♥ ♥

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Advice for Living Without Fear

Sharing a Donna Braziles article with widows…  Fear is one of the worst, and most limiting, emotions in life. It’s also a fact. We’re all unsettled by something—after Katrina and all the hurricanes I grew up with in New Orleans, my greatest concern is rising water. But I think life is a process of moving items from the “scared of” to the “not scared of” list. So, you know what I’m not worried about anymore?

Failure. It doesn’t exist. “Failure” is just what happens when we lose perspective. I thought I’d failed when I got fired as deputy field director for the Dukakis campaign. If I’d known then that I needed to go through that in order to be ready to manage the Gore campaign, I would’ve seen it for what it was: an unavoidable low point, no more or less important than the experiences I call successes.

Being taller than others. I used to slouch, but I never fooled anyone. Now I take up all the room I fill, instead of apologizing for it with my body language.

Accepting compliments. I thought acknowledging praise meant you were arrogant, but I’ve learned that knowing your strengths enables you to make use of them. Golda Meir was right: “Don’t be so humble; you’re not that great.”

The “bitch” label. If everyone likes you, it probably means you aren’t saying much.

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Remember Military Widows

Nearly 3,000 women and men across the country have been widowed since the war on terror began. Taryn Davis, a military widow, wants people to remember those who’ve been left behind.  In May 2007, Michael Davis died from a roadside bomb in Iraq. Davis says, “He was my best friend and soul mate. I feel very lucky to hold the last name Davis.”  After he died though, she felt lost and alone. “I was 21 at the time of his death and people stopped talking about him. People wanted me to stop talking about him. They wrote off my grief due to my young age, like oh, you’ll go get remarried everything will be ok.”

She didn’t want to forget, so Davis searched for support. She says, “I typed in widow and it came back with the response did you mean window?” That was when she created the American Widow Project. She wants widows to know it’s still possible to dream big, live big, love big. Davis says, “We just want to allow them to see that they can find happiness again and they can smile and they don’t have to feel bad about it. Just because their husband isn’t here to do it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t want them to smile.”

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Avoid Probate

Estate planning can sometimes be presented as a headache or painful task, yet if you properly care for your estate in advance these chores are eliminated or reduced for those left behind.  It is a fact: when you pass, everything you own must be transferred to someone else. Ideally, there is an established trust clearly outlining who is to receive what. What happens if someone passes without a trust? Does having a trust make that much difference? Continue reading

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Estate Planning Don’ts from Celebs

Breakups aren’t the only partings that can get messy when it comes to property. Death has a way of sending real estate holdings into the same kind of turmoil. Should the daughter who moved in with her mother to take care of her be allowed to live in the house after Mom dies? Should the new wife get the home the first family was raised in? What if four siblings inherit a vacation home and all but one want to sell it?

Family dynamics and human nature transcend wealth and fame. The issues of how to pass on your real estate holdings have played out on a public stage, thanks to celebrities like Don Ho,  Michael Jackson, Leona Helmsley and Katharine Hepburn. There are lessons to be learned from them.

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