“I” is for Inspiration

Over the years friends have asked me why I spend so much time on matters related to hospice, dying, and death when we are here to live life. My reply has evolved into this:  hospice care while dying offers living the best life possible until death arrives. People giving or receiving hospice care inspires me … Read more

“H” is for Happiness

Before I start in on happiness as a wellness strategy, I want to let you know that I have been out of pocket for the entire month of April. During that time, I moved not one, but two of my personal goal posts. The first one is about blogging. My goal is to write on … Read more

“G” is for Goals

“G” is for goals now that spring is here. Goal setting is a practice that can be used time and again for living well. It has helped me in both my personal and professional life. It has been especially helpful when it comes to providing support for caregivers and patients with serious or terminal illness. … Read more

“F” is for Fortitude

The March new moon has come and gone. My intention to write these blog posts while keeping time with the moon took a detour with news that Wayne’s father had died on March 4th. It was not really a surprise; Joe had heart challenges. Awareness of the inevitable, however, doesn’t lessen the shock when death … Read more

“E” is for Empathy

In the ABC’s for Living Well “E” can be for many things: enthusiasm, enjoyment, ease, energy. I decided on “empathy” because it is so multi-faceted. Learning about and understanding empathy, and the difference between empathy behavior and being an empath have helped me in my wellness quest. The awareness and intentional practice of empathy can … Read more

“D” is for Denial

Happy February! This month we celebrate many things: Ground Hog Day, Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day; the month honors Black History and is the 56th Heart Month meaning it’s time to do heart supportive activities like reducing stress with meditation or yoga, eating healthy, getting your steps in, and practicing random acts … Read more

“C” is for Courage

Winter has finally arrived here in Flagstaff, Arizona and despite the nightmare traffic situation it produced, most of us are happy to see this much snow on our mountain high desert. There is a feeling of gratitude and relief; the moisture so desperately needed is here to nourish the land, ponderosa pines, wildlife, and our … Read more

“B” is for Beauty

As a writer, I enjoy the process of playing with words to create beauty. I write Haiku poetry and prose that I don’t typically share widely. In exploring my love of writing and hesitancy to share, I recently stumbled across Julia McCutchen’s website. She is an intuitive coach, mentor, and author with a focus on … Read more

“A” is for Awareness

When I wrote the introduction for this project, “A is for Awareness” just leapt onto the page as if it were a conscious and premeditated plan. It was not! When I think of “A” words for wellness, I think of apple, acceptance, achievement, adaptability. So many “A” words that can bring the idea of wellness … Read more

A,B,C’s for Living Well

It’s been a long time since I have tackled blogging, years, actually. The breakneck pace and roller coaster reasons as to why it has taken me so long to get back to writing is in the past. I am excited to get on with a fresh start. I recently re-watched the movie, Julie & Julia … Read more