Why are some magazines so sad? Because they have too many issues!

Don't we all have issues at the end of the day? Since it's been so long that I've written a blog post I feel like I'm pretty much starting from scratch. So, I thought, what the heck, might as well break the ice with a little humor. And, a good pun never hurt anybody. Anyway, enough about puns and back to the real reason why you and I find ourselves here: That we are coping with the loss of a loved one and finding out where life takes us next.

Crazy to think the last time I wrote was in 2017. But, I've had my reasons and now more than ever I'm ready to jump back into writing and explore where this journey takes me. I feel that I've finally gotten to a place in my life where I'm ready to express myself and have the creative writing juices flowing. I feel ready now (more than ever) to give help, guidance, and advice to those who need it. There's a great quote that I once read which resonates with how I feel I have grown over the years, "We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it.”—Elizabeth Berrien.

Since 2017 my life has changed, a lot. I have now entered the 3rd floor in my life (I'm 30 years old now) and no, for those of you who are asking, I didn't panic. You know my 20's were a very educational and learning part of my life. I lost my mother who was my best friend, my everything and I found myself being more lost about life than I realized it at the time. But, on the flip side, I graduated from college, received my master’s degree in mental health counseling, and so much more that I’ll keep those stories and details for other blog posts. Everything that I have felt (whether it be happiness, sadness, anger, or frustration) has developed me into the woman that I am today. Has it been easy for the past 3 years? Heck no. But, were there also days filled with rainbows and unlimited coffee? Heck yes.

For the past 3 years, I’ve been trying to find myself all while continuing to cope with the emptiness in my heart. I went through many different jobs, lost friends, gained friends, bought an apartment, traveled, laughed & cried. My wish for this platform and the ultimate goal is for my voice to be heard for those who are needing help with grief and to shine a light of hope for those who need a shoulder to lean on. I believe that through my experiences, training, & stories, I have the capacity to shed light and happiness to someone who needs it.

So, moving forward I want to shift this platform and create an open place where others can share stories of their loved ones and get the chance for their voice to be heard. It can be a happy or a sad story, a scary one, a sarcastic one, a loving one, or literally whatever you feel you need to share. I want to talk about podcasts, books, new studies, and everything that concerns grief. This open platform & community was not created to shame those who've suffered through grief, but to protect people from letting grief transform who they are. I want to advance this journey with all of you and build relationships through this platform and community.