Podcast Episode #006: How to Cope with Birthday Triggers

I talk about my interview with Stephanie Fleitas from CreatingWithin.com + birthday triggers, why birthdays can be incredibly challenging without your parents and how they can be easier and more enjoyable as time goes on.

Podcast Episode #005: Birthdays

It's my 33rd birthday! I'm talking about birthdays and ways I work with and through them without my parents. I'll also be discussing the connection to the day my dad died.

Podcast Episode #004: What is Chosen Family?

We'll start the conversation around chosen family: mother figures, father figures, "siblings" and other important people in our lives. I'll also be talking about Cheryl Strayed's book, Wild.

Podcast Episode #003: What the Hell, Feelings?

We all have 'em, but a lot of us ignore them. I'm gonna talk about FEELINGS and strategies for just noticing the fact that you have them, a LOT of them. We'll start there.

Losing Both Parents by Age 27: How I Began to Heal

Earlier this year, my blog was selected as a top ten site for grief and loss by GoodTherapy.org. Afterwards, they asked me to join their "Share Your Story" campaign. Here's my story, I encourage you to share yours. "Losing my dad at age 22 helped prepare me for my mother's passing five years later in ways I could not imagine. The healing? That I had to do on my own. View Story >> http://t.co/Q0iOH6pRJ0

Missing Your Mom on Mother’s Day: Mothers Day Prep 2012 – Part Two

This weeks topic: To distract or dive in to feelings? That is the question. My advice: decide what kind of person you are and how you'd like to deal with this day.

Seriously, who am I supposed to get life advice from now?

By age 12, I had traveled alone to Texas & Brazil. By 15, I was traveling to New York City by myself frequently. At 17, I had moved out on my own. By 24, I had started my own business. I think it's safe to say that am no stranger to doing it alone... So now that my parents are gone, who gives the life advice?

Missing Your Mom on Mother’s Day: Mothers Day Prep 2012 – Part One

Mother's Day is 7 weeks away. When a holiday like this comes around, it's easy to feel left out. This year I'm going to post often about this topic to help all of us who need support. Here's a few steps to get us started.

Guest Blog Entry: Just Surviving by Caitlin Maloney

Caitlin Maloney submitted a guest blog post to us. She lost her mom @ age 8 and her dad 3 years ago to suicide. Contact Caitlin if you want to connect with her.

Transitioning from present tense to past tense: How we talk about our parents.

Back in December, I started talking about how my mom really loves Christmas. That it's her favorite holiday. And half-way through, as the words were coming out of my mouth, I realized that I felt really strange. 'Does she love Christmas' or 'did she love Christmas'? 'Is it her favorite holiday' or 'was it her favorite holiday'? She's been gone for 2 1/2 years... So, does telling a story about our parents mean we have to feel uncomfortable every time?