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“When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are chal­lenged to change our­selves.” Vik­tor Frankl

A wise men­tor of mine, Sis­ter Mary Mar­garet Camalo, told me that as we grow older the chal­lenge is to inte­grate all the expe­ri­ences of our lives and find accep­tance and make peace with them. In doing so, we gain integrity. Our lives will be enriched and we become more evolved as humans. If we strug­gle against accep­tance and inte­gra­tion of the hurt, loss, regret, heart­break and resent­ment, we become bit­ter. It is vital trans­for­ma­tive work. I came face to face with this chal­lenge in a time of per­sonal trials.

In an 8-​month period, I quit a job, ended a mar­riage, became care­giver to my dying mother, and was treated for breast cancer.

Those tri­als chal­lenged me (again) to expe­ri­ence the need to let go of con­trol, have faith and trust, ask for sup­port, live in the moment, and use all the resources avail­able, out­side of me AND inside myself. That time of shock, anguish, bewil­der­ment and loss brought an oppor­tu­nity for transformation.

Now I have devel­oped a frame­work to pass on the prin­ci­ples I learned that allowed me to grow stronger rather than grow bit­ter. There are four essen­tial build­ing blocks which are: The 4 RsRela­tion­ship, Resilience, Respite and Renewal. These tools can help trans­form the expe­ri­ence of pain and change it into one of growth and enrichment.

This site is intended to be a resource for per­sons going through tran­si­tions, or want­ing more from your life. It may be that you are:

  • a care­giver to a loved one
  • expe­ri­enc­ing burnout
  • chang­ing careers
  • strug­gling in a relationship
  • new in town
  • end­ing a marriage
  • afraid for a fam­ily mem­ber who is mak­ing poor choices
  • expe­ri­enc­ing health prob­lems or just heard a fright­en­ing diagnosis
  • search­ing for more out of your life
  • like all humans, grop­ing your way through developmental/​life stage changes

Using my own expe­ri­ences in com­bi­na­tion with my pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and skills, this site will offer infor­ma­tion, links, insights and inspi­ra­tion. Welcome!

“If there is mean­ing in life at all, then there must be mean­ing in suf­fer­ing.” Vik­tor Frankl

“When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves.” Viktor Frankl

A wise mentor of mine, Sister Mary Margaret Camalo, told me that as we grow older the challenge is to integrate all the experiences of our lives and find acceptance and make peace with them. In doing so, we gain integrity. Our lives will be enriched and we become more evolved as humans. If we struggle against acceptance and integration of the hurt, loss, regret, heartbreak and resentment, we become bitter. It is vital transformative work. I came face to face with this challenge in a time of personal trials.

In an 8-month period, I quit a job, ended a marriage, became caregiver to my dying mother, and was treated for breast cancer.

Those trials challenged me (again) to experience the need to let go of control, have faith and trust, ask for support, live in the moment, and use all the resources available, outside of me AND inside myself. That time of shock, anguish, bewilderment and loss brought an opportunity for transformation.

Now I have developed a framework to pass on the principles I learned that allowed me to grow stronger rather than grow bitter. There are four essential building blocks which are: The 4 RsRelationship, Resilience, Respite and Renewal. These tools can help transform the experience of pain and change it into one of growth and enrichment.

This site is intended to be a resource for persons going through transitions, or wanting more from your life. It may be that you are:

  • a caregiver to a loved one
  • experiencing burnout
  • changing careers
  • struggling in a relationship
  • new in town
  • ending a marriage
  • afraid for a family member who is making poor choices
  • experiencing health problems or just heard a frightening diagnosis
  • searching for more out of your life
  • like all humans, groping your way through developmental/life stage changes

 

Using my own experiences in combination with my professional knowledge and skills, this site will offer information, links, insights and inspiration. Welcome!

“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” Viktor Frankl