October 13, 2019

Leyden was my teacher.
Fear was the lesson.

I so clearly remember saying to a professional development coach, on a coaching call that I didn’t want to "do" grief. I was afraid to talk about it. Never mind coach others through it.

Fast forward a year and I launched a p...

September 2, 2019

Remembering the version of me that couldn't go to the very concert I was at, brought me to tears.

A friend offered me Zac Brown Band tickets shortly after Leyden passed. I remember a feeling of terror.


The world going on as if nothing had happen...

August 16, 2019

I thought I would never be happy again.

Then I felt guilty when I started to be.

When I felt pieces of happiness, I feared I was betraying Leyden or dishonoring her loss.

I remember crying the first time I laughed.
I was afraid to have my facebook feed be anything B...

June 23, 2019

I wrote this piece for an incredible site, Living The Second Act. It's founded by two strong women and dedicated to sharing the difficult truths that we can often avoid. My belief, and theirs, is that by holding space for these conversations we alleviate the shame, iso...

June 9, 2019

Yesterday was the Boston PRIDE. parade. A day that has become a massive celebration in our city - celebrating the rights of our LGTBQIA community.

I was bummed with work commitments that I missed the festivities. But I am very grateful that each weekend I have the oppor...

May 7, 2019

For as long as I can remember, I KNEW I wanted to teach and coach. I used to line up my barbies and dolls and “play school”. I organized my (then little) brothers to go on scavenger hunts, make new recipes and even…. Learn choreography for the backstreet boys “I Want I...

April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday.

I can literally feel Leyden's face against mine. I can see her kicking her feet and hear the nurses squealing with delight for her Easter dress that was a "splurge" purchase. She wasn't really old enough for candy but you bet that I filled her Easter bask...

February 9, 2019

I've felt the presence of an invisible timer since beginning my grief journey. I remember counting everyday she passed and looking in disbelief at a bereaved mother who told me I would eventually stop counting. 

I recall the day that passed when Leyden had officially be...

October 28, 2018

Overcoming adversity? Crying is a must. Explore why crying is needed to release and strengthen so we can grow.

July 29, 2018

Last week someone shared how pained she was when a friend said "So, when are you going to get over it?"

I wish I felt disbelief, but in truth, I knew the phrase all to well and could relate to feeling grief shamed. Having lost my daughter in a case termed a "catastrophe...

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