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A Note of Gratitude on Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time when we gather and give thanks for all of the many blessings we receive. I've never been more grateful than I am this year. But, unfortunately, my 14-year-old daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury last December while innocently tubing down the front lawn. She fractured her skull, had a brain bleed, a severe concussion and, eight staples in the back of her head. She spent six long and painful days in ICU before coming home on Christmas Eve to recover.

On October 3rd, …

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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All relationships have a shelf life. Navigating the ending is the hardest part.

"Experience is the toughest teacher because she gives you the test first, then the lesson." ~ Anonymous

I spoke with a client this morning who is suffering a devastating breakup. I couldn't help but feel for her. The breakup was inevitable, but she had been hoping that things would somehow work out - in the lack of any evidence. We talked about how falling in love is often the natural and easy part.…

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My Date With Destiny

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I'm so excited to announce that in just 12 days, I will be traveling to Florida to spend time with one of the most influential and all-time favorite people in my life...Tony Robbins!!! I'll be attending a live event called Date With Destiny, and I can't describe how excited I am. I've done this event before, but it was 16+ years ago. I was five months pregnant at the time and struggling with morning sickness. I was just in a very different place in my life. I completed almost all of Tony's Maste…

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The sun will end the day whether you like it or not

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I've seen many beautiful sunsets, but each time still feels like the first. It stops me dead in my tracks, forces me to look, and I can't help but feel incredibly grateful for it. I quickly took this picture and then stood in a moment of peace and reflection about my life. At that moment, I was reminded of how different my life was from even just a few years ago. The direction I thought I was going in isn't the place that I'm in now. Yet, I'm so happy it didn't.

Today, I thought of how the sun …

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Letting Go

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We will all face a time in our lives when we'll need to let go of something or someone when letting go is the opposite of what we want to do. When the thought of letting go is so painful that we'd rather hold on to a situation that might be equally painful so that we don't have to deal with it. Whether it's a break-up, a death, a loss of a job, a friendship, or whatever, letting go can be an extraordinary journey that can be painful and rewarding.

I recently met with a client struggling to walk…

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We All Fall Down Sometimes

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I read this quote posted on a friend's Facebook feed. "You're hoping I fall down. I'm praying you get on your feet. We are not the same." Author Unknown. It reminded me of a time when I was struggling through something. Some of my friends rose to the occasion; some didn't. Much to my delight, a few relationships even grew so stronger while it seemed like others were waiting for me to fail so they could say, see! When you're already struggling, the harsh judgment of others can only compound thing…

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My Miami Adventures with Maureen

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Last weekend, I went to Miami with some friends for a little getaway. The trip was inspired by my childhood best friend, Kelly's mom, Maureen. Maureen is a 77-year-old, elegant, graceful, raw, and hilarious woman. I love her deeply and am incredibly grateful for her mark on my life. Her wit, humor, and charm draw you in, and most are captivated by the stories of her life, which she openly shares.

Maureen has been to other parts of Florida before but has always wanted to see Miami. However, sinc…

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My break-up, breakdown and eventual breakthrough.

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I would’ve used the word divorce, but that would only describe the part where lawyers & accountants got involved. As difficult as that was, the “break-up” was indeed the hard part.

He was handsome, soft-spoken, charming and a little mysterious. Despite my best efforts not to, I fell deeply and madly in love almost immediately. I can still recall the exact moment it happened. We stood on a street corner together. It was a sliding glass door moment as he swept my hair off my shoulder. He was all …

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My time inside the snow globe

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GRIEF - We’ve witnessed it other people but, the understanding through personal experience - well there has never been a better teacher.


~ Bernice Donato

 It all started 6 years ago with the death of my father. The thing about his death was I never, in my wildest dreams, considered loosing him would have the enormous impact it did. My father and I always had a tumultuous relationship and I naively thought my anger at the things that caused our divide, would shield me from the hurt a reasonab…

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Anger

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What exactly is anger and why is it such a powerful emotion? The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes anger as a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism. I've grown to understand that my anger was merely a symptom of something much more powerful, my hurt. As women, we are often the doers, nurturers, and peacemakers. We have long been told that it is our job to please, protect and appease the world. We hold relationships together like it's our job and the most important one we hav…

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