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For the latest tips and advice on grief and the stigmatized subject of death, tune into the latest episode of the Solace Show. #BreakTheStigma #GriefChat
For the latest tips and advice on grief and the stigmatized subject of death, tune into the latest episode of the Solace Show. #BreakTheStigma  #GriefChat 
The last two weeks we had the pleasure of having Charlotte here, a volunteer from the UK who’s also a doctor. During that time she, with some help from Märta, (volunteer from Sweden) taught over 200 students about STI’s, HIV/AIDS and how to protect themselves.
#wehaf #volunteering #education #tanzania #empowerment #arusha #hivaids #widowsupport #volunteer #entrepreneurship
Thank you again for everyone who donated to the Hope for Widows Foundation and joined my team for the #WidowsofHope5K 💜
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Oliver and I got outside before it started snowing and got it done.  He's now zonked out (I'll post a photo in my story) .
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Enjoy your Saturday!
Thank you again for everyone who donated to the Hope for Widows Foundation and joined my team for the #WidowsofHope5K  💜 . . Oliver and I got outside before it started snowing and got it done. He's now zonked out (I'll post a photo in my story) . . Enjoy your Saturday!
heavy afternoon reading🤯😳☀️💛🌻😉 #acourseinmiracles
Stuck on the hwy...not moving. So I decided to look around instead of being frustrated by the lack of movement on my commute.

The sky was breathtaking!!! How brave of the sun to rise each day knowing it has to set. How brave that we all get up and live in this world without our partner.

Brave has been a word on my mind lately and I realize that I see so many acts of bravery around me. The most significant one is the reflection in the mirror. Choosing to live life is an act of bravery each and every day!

Agreed?
Stuck on the hwy...not moving. So I decided to look around instead of being frustrated by the lack of movement on my commute. The sky was breathtaking!!! How brave of the sun to rise each day knowing it has to set. How brave that we all get up and live in this world without our partner. Brave has been a word on my mind lately and I realize that I see so many acts of bravery around me. The most significant one is the reflection in the mirror. Choosing to live life is an act of bravery each and every day! Agreed?
Three episodes out this morning. One light. Two heavy. 
Don’t forget to listen and subscribe on iTunes or anywhere else you get your podcasts ♥️
Three episodes out this morning. One light. Two heavy. Don’t forget to listen and subscribe on iTunes or anywhere else you get your podcasts ♥️
Three episode out this morning. One light. Two heavy. 
Please follow us at @blackbirdpod and listen to us on iTunes or anywhere you get your podcasts ♥️
Three episode out this morning. One light. Two heavy. Please follow us at @blackbirdpod and listen to us on iTunes or anywhere you get your podcasts ♥️
I love it when people capture happy moments with their Seven Circles jewelry! 😍
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Thanks to Nadia Tavajjoh for sending me this wonderful picture 🙏😊
She is wearing natural Indian Rosewood with a Nepal turquoise pendant and raw brass lotus.
Follow me for more handmade natural jewelry @sevencirclesdesign
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#happycustomer #lotus #rosewoodbeads #indianbeads #widowsupport #indiodysseysshop
#turquoise #customer #handmadejewelry #naturaljewelry #wearnature #bohojewelry #gypsystylejewelry #lovemothernature #multistrand #wood #beadedjewelryofinstagram #jewelryofinstagram #gent #handmadeinBelgium #naturalnecklace #juwelenworkshops #workshopsinGent #mindfuljewelry #yoga #yogajewelry #yogalifestyle
I love it when people capture happy moments with their Seven Circles jewelry! 😍 ✨ Thanks to Nadia Tavajjoh for sending me this wonderful picture 🙏😊 She is wearing natural Indian Rosewood with a Nepal turquoise pendant and raw brass lotus. Follow me for more handmade natural jewelry @sevencirclesdesign . . . #happycustomer  #lotus  #rosewoodbeads  #indianbeads  #widowsupport  #indiodysseysshop  #turquoise  #customer  #handmadejewelry  #naturaljewelry  #wearnature  #bohojewelry  #gypsystylejewelry  #lovemothernature  #multistrand  #wood  #beadedjewelryofinstagram  #jewelryofinstagram  #gent  #handmadeinBelgium  #naturalnecklace  #juwelenworkshops  #workshopsinGent  #mindfuljewelry  #yoga  #yogajewelry  #yogalifestyle 
THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up or donated to help support widows by participating in this VIRTUAL 5k! 
You have until tomorrow, October 19th, to join my team, "Shelle's Strength and Hope"

https://widowsofhope5k.redpodium.com/widows-of-hope-5k-2018
THANK YOU to everyone who has signed up or donated to help support widows by participating in this VIRTUAL 5k! You have until tomorrow, October 19th, to join my team, "Shelle's Strength and Hope" https://widowsofhope5k.redpodium.com/widows-of-hope-5k-2018
For us! #widows I invite you, to join us in a conversation, a gathering, a space to discover people like us who want to use our grief for our greatness. We are the widows we’ve been waiting for. 
It is quite a privilege to be griever... don’t get me wrong, it hurts like no other Hell, but its a big badge of honor called, love. Our person, who we loved and adored was here. And mattered. And still matters, and we are the ones that get to keep that alive ...in the way we live our lives.☀️🔥
Lets honor that. Honor each other. And watch each other rise and live our BEST lives we never knew we could or would. Join us? Go to Facebook and search Widow Speak Community.💛☀️ .
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#letoursoulshine #widowspeakcommunity #widowhood #widowsupport #widowstrong #youngwidows #widowwarrior #lifeafterloss #goodgrief #widowedandyoung #widowed
For us! #widows  I invite you, to join us in a conversation, a gathering, a space to discover people like us who want to use our grief for our greatness. We are the widows we’ve been waiting for. It is quite a privilege to be griever... don’t get me wrong, it hurts like no other Hell, but its a big badge of honor called, love. Our person, who we loved and adored was here. And mattered. And still matters, and we are the ones that get to keep that alive ...in the way we live our lives.☀️🔥 Lets honor that. Honor each other. And watch each other rise and live our BEST lives we never knew we could or would. Join us? Go to Facebook and search Widow Speak Community.💛☀️ . . . #letoursoulshine  #widowspeakcommunity  #widowhood  #widowsupport  #widowstrong  #youngwidows  #widowwarrior  #lifeafterloss  #goodgrief  #widowedandyoung  #widowed 
How many weeks would it take?
How many weeks would it take?
Autumn is my favorite season. 🍂 Love the colors, the textures, the shifts in the air and all the wonderful metaphors in nature for core soul lessons in each season of life we are graced to have. (Did you find the hidden heart in my Tree of Life mini art quilt?) 🧡 Thank you for you! How may I be of Soul Service to you on your path? I look forward to hearing from you soon. ✨☯️✨ Art Quilt, Photo & Insights by Gayle of CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd 🍂 Check out my new LinkTree in Bio to connect with all my colorful Art & Soul offerings. #creatinggayle #creatinggaylellc #creatingucoaching #sparkingcreativity #lightingyourpath #livingyourlight
Autumn is my favorite season. 🍂 Love the colors, the textures, the shifts in the air and all the wonderful metaphors in nature for core soul lessons in each season of life we are graced to have. (Did you find the hidden heart in my Tree of Life mini art quilt?) 🧡 Thank you for you! How may I be of Soul Service to you on your path? I look forward to hearing from you soon. ✨☯️✨ Art Quilt, Photo & Insights by Gayle of CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd 🍂 Check out my new LinkTree in Bio to connect with all my colorful Art & Soul offerings. #creatinggayle  #creatinggaylellc  #creatingucoaching  #sparkingcreativity  #lightingyourpath  #livingyourlight 
I’m all about this.  Have you heard or post traumatic growth?  There is such a thing and it’s been researched.  Check out The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor ❤️💓 Repost @s.e.m.i_c.o.l.o.n and @soberscottishlassie Thanks for the inspiration 🙏🙌🏼
I’m all about this. Have you heard or post traumatic growth? There is such a thing and it’s been researched. Check out The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor ❤️💓 Repost @s.e.m.i_c.o.l.o.n and @soberscottishlassie Thanks for the inspiration 🙏🙌🏼
From your darkness, create your light ~ I believe that the power is within you. I know it might not feel like it today, but the seed of the source of the fuel you need to create your own light is there. Whatever its source, for however long it has existed, our darkest depths hold the opportunity for our highest growth. It is like rocket fuel for soul growth. 🚀✨☯️✨...and a brilliant sunset, salt air and time by the water’s edge always helps our healing, too. 🌅 Having a mentor and insightful guide on your path to help light the way brings clarity to the darkness, illuminates the path ahead and helps you capture the Light that is already within you. Are you ready to release those resistances and soar? I look forward to hearing from you. DM me here or click on LINK in my BIO for more info on working with me as your Life Transitions & Soul Coach - weather widowed, divorced or at any pivotal crossroads in your life. 📝💝 While on my site, make sure you click on the link for “Happy Words” - beautiful praise from beautiful clients. I believe in you. #thingsiknowtobetrue #lightingyourpath #livingyourlight ✨☯️✨ Photo and Insights by Gayle, CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd ✨☯️✨ 📲 Check out my new LinkTree in Bio to connect with all my colorful Art & Soul offerings.
From your darkness, create your light ~ I believe that the power is within you. I know it might not feel like it today, but the seed of the source of the fuel you need to create your own light is there. Whatever its source, for however long it has existed, our darkest depths hold the opportunity for our highest growth. It is like rocket fuel for soul growth. 🚀✨☯️✨...and a brilliant sunset, salt air and time by the water’s edge always helps our healing, too. 🌅 Having a mentor and insightful guide on your path to help light the way brings clarity to the darkness, illuminates the path ahead and helps you capture the Light that is already within you. Are you ready to release those resistances and soar? I look forward to hearing from you. DM me here or click on LINK in my BIO for more info on working with me as your Life Transitions & Soul Coach - weather widowed, divorced or at any pivotal crossroads in your life. 📝💝 While on my site, make sure you click on the link for “Happy Words” - beautiful praise from beautiful clients. I believe in you. #thingsiknowtobetrue  #lightingyourpath  #livingyourlight  ✨☯️✨ Photo and Insights by Gayle, CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd ✨☯️✨ 📲 Check out my new LinkTree in Bio to connect with all my colorful Art & Soul offerings.
Life is messy. Grief is messy. There isn't any way to make it clean and pretty and fit in a box.

Grief is messy. Like messy hair, bed and words. Snot running down my face kind of messy.

We seem to live in a world that wants to make it clean and magically fit into a box that we can control. But the truth is that grief doesn't work that way. It's more like trying to find order in the middle of a tornado. Impossible!!! So, I'm just rolling with the messy and embracing the hair, bed, messy words and heart.

Double tap if you agree ❤
Life is messy. Grief is messy. There isn't any way to make it clean and pretty and fit in a box. Grief is messy. Like messy hair, bed and words. Snot running down my face kind of messy. We seem to live in a world that wants to make it clean and magically fit into a box that we can control. But the truth is that grief doesn't work that way. It's more like trying to find order in the middle of a tornado. Impossible!!! So, I'm just rolling with the messy and embracing the hair, bed, messy words and heart. Double tap if you agree ❤
AS I MAKE MY WAY

AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOUR PRESENCE AND PERFECTION,
BECAUSE OF MY FAITH AND HOPE IN CHRIST, I KNOW THERE WILL BE NO REJECTION.

AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOUR COMPLETE LOVE AND GLORIOUS LIGHT,
MY PRAYER IS NOT FOR MYSELF, BUT THAT YOU COMFORT AND CARE FOR MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE.

AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS FOREVER AND COMPLETE AND DEVINE PRAISE,
FATHER, PLEASE REMIND MY SOUL OF YOUR UNFAILING LOVE IN THE COMING DAYS.

AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOU, MY SOUL WORSHIPS YOU WITH GLADNESS AND THANKFULNESS FOR YOUR UNFAILING MERCY.
IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF YOUR BELOVED SON, THAT I CAN COME IN YOUR PRESENCE AND BE FOUND WORTHY.

AS I MAKE MY WAY TO SEE THE TESTIMONY OF SCARS IN THE PALMS OF YOUR PRECIOUS HANDS AND THE HOLE PIERCED  IN YOUR SIDE.
I ACCEPT YOUR PROMISE THAT YOU WILL FOREVER BE BY MY SIDE.

I PRAISE YOU FATHER FOR EVERY VICTORY, FOR EVERY VALLEY AND FOR EACH TIME YOU CAME TO MY RESCUE.
I LIFT MY HANDS AND HEART IN PRAISE TO YOU.

ALTHOUGH THIS EARTHLY BODY IS FAILING AND MY BONES GROW WEAK AND MOAN
MY SPIRIT IS OVER JOYED TO SEE YOU AS I MAKE MY WAY TO YOUR THRONE.
Jeed
7-11-18
for MW.  #Poetry #christianpoetry  #griefquotes #griefsupport #heavenbound #lossofalovedone #comfort #widowsupport #blackgirlmagic #womeninspiringwomen #womenoftheword #tears #timewillheal #hospice
AS I MAKE MY WAY AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOUR PRESENCE AND PERFECTION, BECAUSE OF MY FAITH AND HOPE IN CHRIST, I KNOW THERE WILL BE NO REJECTION. AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOUR COMPLETE LOVE AND GLORIOUS LIGHT, MY PRAYER IS NOT FOR MYSELF, BUT THAT YOU COMFORT AND CARE FOR MY CHILDREN AND MY WIFE. AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS FOREVER AND COMPLETE AND DEVINE PRAISE, FATHER, PLEASE REMIND MY SOUL OF YOUR UNFAILING LOVE IN THE COMING DAYS. AS I MAKE MY WAY TOWARDS YOU, MY SOUL WORSHIPS YOU WITH GLADNESS AND THANKFULNESS FOR YOUR UNFAILING MERCY. IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF YOUR BELOVED SON, THAT I CAN COME IN YOUR PRESENCE AND BE FOUND WORTHY. AS I MAKE MY WAY TO SEE THE TESTIMONY OF SCARS IN THE PALMS OF YOUR PRECIOUS HANDS AND THE HOLE PIERCED IN YOUR SIDE. I ACCEPT YOUR PROMISE THAT YOU WILL FOREVER BE BY MY SIDE. I PRAISE YOU FATHER FOR EVERY VICTORY, FOR EVERY VALLEY AND FOR EACH TIME YOU CAME TO MY RESCUE. I LIFT MY HANDS AND HEART IN PRAISE TO YOU. ALTHOUGH THIS EARTHLY BODY IS FAILING AND MY BONES GROW WEAK AND MOAN MY SPIRIT IS OVER JOYED TO SEE YOU AS I MAKE MY WAY TO YOUR THRONE. Jeed 7-11-18 for MW. #Poetry  #christianpoetry  #griefquotes  #griefsupport  #heavenbound  #lossofalovedone  #comfort  #widowsupport  #blackgirlmagic  #womeninspiringwomen  #womenoftheword  #tears  #timewillheal  #hospice 
It’s ok not to be ok.  It’s also ok to feel completely overwhelmed, it’s ok to feel out of your depth, it’s ok to feel like your treading water or even drowning, it’s ok to feel like your engulfed in grief that is so deep that you can’t breathe.  If you are feeling like this, there are people to reach out to, there are friends to hold your heart, there are tools you can learn.  Please don’t feel this is a place to set up residence and live... because life is too sweet and short.  You’ve honestly #gotthis
It’s ok not to be ok. It’s also ok to feel completely overwhelmed, it’s ok to feel out of your depth, it’s ok to feel like your treading water or even drowning, it’s ok to feel like your engulfed in grief that is so deep that you can’t breathe. If you are feeling like this, there are people to reach out to, there are friends to hold your heart, there are tools you can learn. Please don’t feel this is a place to set up residence and live... because life is too sweet and short. You’ve honestly #gotthis 
💜⚖️💜 The theme of BALANCE has come up a lot in the last few weeks, in my readings, in my writing, in session with amazing clients and in my own life. These words of guidance came to me so I thought I’d share the inspiration and insights. So many of us are energetically seeking BALANCE in our lives on the path to fulfillment, healing and more joy in life. Are you seeking more BALANCE lately, too? What would living a LIFE in BALANCE look like for you personally? Share a Comment below. Let’s chat. Love, Gayle
💜⚖️💜 CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd 💜⚖️💜 #alifeinbalance #livinganintentionallife #livingalifeinbalance #libraseason #whatinspiresyou
💜⚖️💜 The theme of BALANCE has come up a lot in the last few weeks, in my readings, in my writing, in session with amazing clients and in my own life. These words of guidance came to me so I thought I’d share the inspiration and insights. So many of us are energetically seeking BALANCE in our lives on the path to fulfillment, healing and more joy in life. Are you seeking more BALANCE lately, too? What would living a LIFE in BALANCE look like for you personally? Share a Comment below. Let’s chat. Love, Gayle 💜⚖️💜 CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd 💜⚖️💜 #alifeinbalance  #livinganintentionallife  #livingalifeinbalance  #libraseason  #whatinspiresyou 
Beauty from my garden. No filters...she is beautiful just the way she is. 
Honest, raw and bold. 
Finding inspiration from nature around me....here's to being bold!!!!
Beauty from my garden. No filters...she is beautiful just the way she is. Honest, raw and bold. Finding inspiration from nature around me....here's to being bold!!!!
Whatever its source, for however long it has existed, our darkest depths hold the opportunity for our highest growth. It is like rocket fuel for soul growth. 🚀✨☯️✨ Having a mentor and insightful guide on your path to help light the way brings clarity to the darkness, illuminates the path ahead and helps you capture the Light that is already within you. Are you ready to release those resistances and soar? I look forward to hearing from you. DM me here or click on LINK in my BIO for more info on working with me as your Life Transitions & Soul Coach. 📝💝 While there, make sure you click on the link for “Happy Words” - beautiful praise from beautiful clients. I believe in you. #thingsiknowtobetrue #lightingyourpath #livingyourlight ✨☯️✨ Photo and Insights by CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd ✨☯️✨
Whatever its source, for however long it has existed, our darkest depths hold the opportunity for our highest growth. It is like rocket fuel for soul growth. 🚀✨☯️✨ Having a mentor and insightful guide on your path to help light the way brings clarity to the darkness, illuminates the path ahead and helps you capture the Light that is already within you. Are you ready to release those resistances and soar? I look forward to hearing from you. DM me here or click on LINK in my BIO for more info on working with me as your Life Transitions & Soul Coach. 📝💝 While there, make sure you click on the link for “Happy Words” - beautiful praise from beautiful clients. I believe in you. #thingsiknowtobetrue  #lightingyourpath  #livingyourlight  ✨☯️✨ Photo and Insights by CreatingUcoaching A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingUcoaching.com AllRtsRsvd ✨☯️✨
Guilt is a shit storm. Going over all the ways that I could of done or said something different. Or thinking of all the times I should have told him how much I love him.

Guilt....is an asshole! Shows up to rob any peace that I've found.

I'm working on staying in a place of forgiveness and knowing that I did the best I could. I know that I love differently because of death...maybe that's the point. To do it differently and learn and grow.
Guilt is a shit storm. Going over all the ways that I could of done or said something different. Or thinking of all the times I should have told him how much I love him. Guilt....is an asshole! Shows up to rob any peace that I've found. I'm working on staying in a place of forgiveness and knowing that I did the best I could. I know that I love differently because of death...maybe that's the point. To do it differently and learn and grow.
Sometimes the answer is no. And when that time comes, we need a person. A community. Someone. Anyone who will listen and sit beside you in the darkness. We’re here for you, along with hundreds of other black widows. 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕸🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🖤 #widowdarkthirty #WD30 #widowsofinstagram #widowersofinstagram #widowedAF #widows #widowers #lifeafterloss #grief #griefandlove #griefjourney #grieving #webofwidows
#griefsupport #widowtribe #widowsupport
#lovethatdoesntdie #modernwidow #modernwidower
Sometimes the answer is no. And when that time comes, we need a person. A community. Someone. Anyone who will listen and sit beside you in the darkness. We’re here for you, along with hundreds of other black widows. 🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕸🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🕷🖤 #widowdarkthirty  #WD30  #widowsofinstagram  #widowersofinstagram  #widowedAF  #widows  #widowers  #lifeafterloss  #grief  #griefandlove  #griefjourney  #grieving  #webofwidows  #griefsupport  #widowtribe  #widowsupport  #lovethatdoesntdie  #modernwidow  #modernwidower 
💐Here is a colorful bouquet of flowers from me to you ... I sensed you needed the reminder today that you are not a human “DOing” - you are a human “BEing” - already whole, loving and loved just as you are. On your path? Yes. Much to still do? Yes. Could produce a “to do” list a mile long? Absolutely, don’t we all? When all those stressors are coming at you - please don’t forget to BREATHE, release yourself from the bounds of “doings” and “shoulds” and allow yourself to just “BE YOU” today. You are already enough. ✨💖✨ Love, Gayle  #thingsiknowtobetrue #lightingyourpath #livingyourlight #breathe •
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💐Share your favorite emoji flower in the Comments below if this is just what you needed to read today. TAG a FRIEND and SPREAD the LOVE to remind them of their infinite value just as they are today, too. ✨💖✨
💐Here is a colorful bouquet of flowers from me to you ... I sensed you needed the reminder today that you are not a human “DOing” - you are a human “BEing” - already whole, loving and loved just as you are. On your path? Yes. Much to still do? Yes. Could produce a “to do” list a mile long? Absolutely, don’t we all? When all those stressors are coming at you - please don’t forget to BREATHE, release yourself from the bounds of “doings” and “shoulds” and allow yourself to just “BE YOU” today. You are already enough. ✨💖✨ Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue  #lightingyourpath  #livingyourlight  #breathe  • • 💐Share your favorite emoji flower in the Comments below if this is just what you needed to read today. TAG a FRIEND and SPREAD the LOVE to remind them of their infinite value just as they are today, too. ✨💖✨
#repost @grieftogloriousunfolding ✨ There are days I experience something that I would never connect to my grief that sets off a downward spiral of sorrow from which I pray for strength to climb out of. 
When I am expecting my  grief to overwhelm me- like on  a holiday or on his birthday- I feel a connection to him that overrides my sorrow and fills me with joy and hope. 
As CS Lewis wrote, grief is like a valley; twists and turns reveal something new we have yet to feel no matter how much time has passed since our loved one died. We journey on... believing in the “thin veil” that separates us from those we grieve.... keeping ourselves open to the moments that connect us as we willingly choose to enter the valley of our grief. 
#bereavedparents #parentloss #childlosssupport #griefsupport #widowsupport #griefjourney #siblingloss #cslewisquotes #agriefobserved
#repost  @grieftogloriousunfolding ✨ There are days I experience something that I would never connect to my grief that sets off a downward spiral of sorrow from which I pray for strength to climb out of. When I am expecting my grief to overwhelm me- like on a holiday or on his birthday- I feel a connection to him that overrides my sorrow and fills me with joy and hope. As CS Lewis wrote, grief is like a valley; twists and turns reveal something new we have yet to feel no matter how much time has passed since our loved one died. We journey on... believing in the “thin veil” that separates us from those we grieve.... keeping ourselves open to the moments that connect us as we willingly choose to enter the valley of our grief. #bereavedparents  #parentloss  #childlosssupport  #griefsupport  #widowsupport  #griefjourney  #siblingloss  #cslewisquotes  #agriefobserved 
Coni is our widow crush today! It’s impossible to find a picture of her without loved ones in the photo, too. No wonder you got nominated! Your heart is clearly made of gold. 💛 @conitravaglia #widowcrushwednesday #wcw #widowdarkthirty #widowtribe #love #griefcommunity #widowsofinstagram #widowedAF #widows #lifeafterloss
#griefsupport #widowsupport
#modernwidow
How many times did you hear this in those first days? The calls, texts, cards, flowers are overwhelming those first couple weeks. Then they slowly dwindle. Eventually leaving you with just a few people who reach out on a consistent basis. This is the hard part. The people who you think will be there for you ARENT. If you're lucky, you'll find people supporting you you'd never expect. It's difficult because while you do need the support in those first few weeks, you need the same amount of support during month 6 and 10 too. But everyone goes back to their own life and you're left by yourself navigating your way through your grief. If only those "checking on you" texts continued....it will help us not feel so alone. #sorryforyourloss #widow #girlfriend #girlfriendsguidetobeingawidow #widowlife #widowed #grief #griefjourney #grievingprocess #grievingquotes #navigatingmywaythroughgrief #realfriends #lifeafterloss #lossofspouseisbrutal #lossofspouse #alone #widowproblems #widowsupport #widowsupportgroup #youareneveralone
How many times did you hear this in those first days? The calls, texts, cards, flowers are overwhelming those first couple weeks. Then they slowly dwindle. Eventually leaving you with just a few people who reach out on a consistent basis. This is the hard part. The people who you think will be there for you ARENT. If you're lucky, you'll find people supporting you you'd never expect. It's difficult because while you do need the support in those first few weeks, you need the same amount of support during month 6 and 10 too. But everyone goes back to their own life and you're left by yourself navigating your way through your grief. If only those "checking on you" texts continued....it will help us not feel so alone. #sorryforyourloss  #widow  #girlfriend  #girlfriendsguidetobeingawidow  #widowlife  #widowed  #grief  #griefjourney  #grievingprocess  #grievingquotes  #navigatingmywaythroughgrief  #realfriends  #lifeafterloss  #lossofspouseisbrutal  #lossofspouse  #alone  #widowproblems  #widowsupport  #widowsupportgroup  #youareneveralone 
We expect so much of ourselves in challenging times. In grief, people feel they should adjust faster, find it easier, or get frustrated at setbacks. It’s a life altering adjustment, and navigating it not only takes time, but the realization it’s going to be much tougher than you thought. #grief #socialworker #itsokaynottobeokay #heartache #griefjourney #griefsupport #healing #adjustment #transition #griefsucks #help #myotherhalf #love #keepmoving #loss #widow #widowsupport #nationalmentalhealthday #metaphor #counseling #grieftherapy #therapy #mentalhealth #healing #cancersupport
We expect so much of ourselves in challenging times. In grief, people feel they should adjust faster, find it easier, or get frustrated at setbacks. It’s a life altering adjustment, and navigating it not only takes time, but the realization it’s going to be much tougher than you thought. #grief  #socialworker  #itsokaynottobeokay  #heartache  #griefjourney  #griefsupport  #healing  #adjustment  #transition  #griefsucks  #help  #myotherhalf  #love  #keepmoving  #loss  #widow  #widowsupport  #nationalmentalhealthday  #metaphor  #counseling  #grieftherapy  #therapy  #mentalhealth  #healing  #cancersupport 
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#griefsupport #widowtribe #widowsupport
#lovethatdoesntdie #modernwidow
It’s ok to need a break. And it’s 100% ok to take it. #worldmentalhealthday
There are days I experience something that I would never connect to my grief that sets off a downward spiral of sorrow from which I pray for strength to climb out of. 
When I am expecting my  grief to overwhelm me- like on  a holiday or on his birthday- I feel a connection to him that overrides my sorrow and fills me with joy and hope. 
As CS Lewis wrote, grief is like a valley; twists and turns reveal something new we have yet to feel no matter how much time has passed since our loved one died. We journey on... believing in the “thin veil” that separates us from those we grieve.... keeping ourselves open to the moments that connect us as we willingly choose to enter the valley of our grief. 
#bereavedparents #parentloss #childlosssupport #griefsupport #widowsupport #griefjourney #siblingloss #cslewisquotes #agriefobserved
There are days I experience something that I would never connect to my grief that sets off a downward spiral of sorrow from which I pray for strength to climb out of. When I am expecting my grief to overwhelm me- like on a holiday or on his birthday- I feel a connection to him that overrides my sorrow and fills me with joy and hope. As CS Lewis wrote, grief is like a valley; twists and turns reveal something new we have yet to feel no matter how much time has passed since our loved one died. We journey on... believing in the “thin veil” that separates us from those we grieve.... keeping ourselves open to the moments that connect us as we willingly choose to enter the valley of our grief. #bereavedparents  #parentloss  #childlosssupport  #griefsupport  #widowsupport  #griefjourney  #siblingloss  #cslewisquotes  #agriefobserved 
I am so blessed to have so many of these people in my life. 
Love you all so much 💜
I am so blessed to have so many of these people in my life. Love you all so much 💜
The painful truth is that some of our loved ones suffer greatly as they are dying. We read in obituaries “he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends” and are left wondering-how can that be possible?
There are no words that can comfort grief over suffering. We can question God and His mercy when our loved one suffers in death. I try to keep in mind the relationship of birth to death...both the beginning of a new journey...both painful... both transformative. Suffering is a part of our human experience. The most we can do is acknowledge that many people suffer greatly in their final days and we grieve not only their death but the way they died as well. 
#widowsupport #bereavedparents #parentloss #childlosssupport #griefsupport #grief#siblingloss
The painful truth is that some of our loved ones suffer greatly as they are dying. We read in obituaries “he died peacefully surrounded by family and friends” and are left wondering-how can that be possible? There are no words that can comfort grief over suffering. We can question God and His mercy when our loved one suffers in death. I try to keep in mind the relationship of birth to death...both the beginning of a new journey...both painful... both transformative. Suffering is a part of our human experience. The most we can do is acknowledge that many people suffer greatly in their final days and we grieve not only their death but the way they died as well. #widowsupport  #bereavedparents  #parentloss  #childlosssupport  #griefsupport  #grief #siblingloss 
Today I'm the best version of me.

Tomorrow, I'll be a different version, and yet also the best version of me.

Each day brings a new version of me. A me that has grown just a little bit more. 
I cannot wait to see the me of 12 months from now! She's going to kick ass!!!
Today I'm the best version of me. Tomorrow, I'll be a different version, and yet also the best version of me. Each day brings a new version of me. A me that has grown just a little bit more. I cannot wait to see the me of 12 months from now! She's going to kick ass!!!
When I realize I have traveled out too far in the sea of my own grief, your love is like a beacon calling me back to where you are... #widowsupport #bereavedparents #parentloss #childlosssupport #griefsupport #griefjourney #childloss#bereavedparents#siblingloss #siblinglosssurvivor #siblinglossawareness
As I prepare to have my family over for Thanksgiving dinner, I can't help but reflect on last couple of years.

I am thankful to all the people in my life who have loved and supported me.

What I'm most thankful for is my inner resilience. I didn't know I had the courage to face my demons. I found an inner pond filled with courage and bravery that I was surprised to find. This pond hasn't diminished as I have drank from it daily. In fact the opposite has happened, the pond is now a lake!!
As I prepare to have my family over for Thanksgiving dinner, I can't help but reflect on last couple of years. I am thankful to all the people in my life who have loved and supported me. What I'm most thankful for is my inner resilience. I didn't know I had the courage to face my demons. I found an inner pond filled with courage and bravery that I was surprised to find. This pond hasn't diminished as I have drank from it daily. In fact the opposite has happened, the pond is now a lake!!
Gratuitous PSA. 💟📝💝 I went to a funeral today. ☯️💟✡️ Not someone I knew personally, but the husband of one of my children’s preschool teachers and a member of our congregation. He was a Navy veteran and was buried with military honors. He was a husband, father and grandfather and friend to many. He was a 30-year employee of USPS; there were many postal employees present, even our old letter carrier from our old neighborhood. After we hugged, he told me that he was close buddies with Leo & trained him on the job back in the day.  The Hazzan led a beautiful service; she has a miraculous way of seeing people closely during their lifetime and encapsulating their “neshama” - their soul - in her eloquent words graveside.  She shared of Leo’s goodness, his “simple” and true way of living life and embracing the lessons he learned, sharing generously with others. Then, the Hazzan shared with all gathered, that even in death, Leo was a giver. Even in his death, he gave the gift of life to three other people.  Leo was an organ donor: 1 person received his liver and 2 received his kidneys - organs they needed in order to survive. She reminded all gathered of the Jewish “mitzvah” (commandment) of “pikuach nefesh” (saving a life) as being the highest ethical obligation and the Talmudic teaching that saving even one life is equivalent to saving an entire world.  Leo touched so many lives, both in his life and in his passing. That love will continue to live on.  It got me thinking to share this PSA reminder to register as an organ donor if you haven’t already and to make your wishes clear to your loved ones in writing and in loving words. You just never know whose prayers you will answer. As “they” say - “You can’t take it with you.” ☯️💟 Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue #donatelife #organdonor #donateorgans #savealife #psa #pikuachnefesh #ultimatemitzvah #torahteachings #youcanttakeitwithyou #lifeafterloss #lovedoesntdie #tellthoseyoulovethatyoulovethem #wearenotpromisedtomorrow
Gratuitous PSA. 💟📝💝 I went to a funeral today. ☯️💟✡️ Not someone I knew personally, but the husband of one of my children’s preschool teachers and a member of our congregation. He was a Navy veteran and was buried with military honors. He was a husband, father and grandfather and friend to many. He was a 30-year employee of USPS; there were many postal employees present, even our old letter carrier from our old neighborhood. After we hugged, he told me that he was close buddies with Leo & trained him on the job back in the day. The Hazzan led a beautiful service; she has a miraculous way of seeing people closely during their lifetime and encapsulating their “neshama” - their soul - in her eloquent words graveside. She shared of Leo’s goodness, his “simple” and true way of living life and embracing the lessons he learned, sharing generously with others. Then, the Hazzan shared with all gathered, that even in death, Leo was a giver. Even in his death, he gave the gift of life to three other people. Leo was an organ donor: 1 person received his liver and 2 received his kidneys - organs they needed in order to survive. She reminded all gathered of the Jewish “mitzvah” (commandment) of “pikuach nefesh” (saving a life) as being the highest ethical obligation and the Talmudic teaching that saving even one life is equivalent to saving an entire world. Leo touched so many lives, both in his life and in his passing. That love will continue to live on. It got me thinking to share this PSA reminder to register as an organ donor if you haven’t already and to make your wishes clear to your loved ones in writing and in loving words. You just never know whose prayers you will answer. As “they” say - “You can’t take it with you.” ☯️💟 Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue  #donatelife  #organdonor  #donateorgans  #savealife  #psa  #pikuachnefesh  #ultimatemitzvah  #torahteachings  #youcanttakeitwithyou  #lifeafterloss  #lovedoesntdie  #tellthoseyoulovethatyoulovethem  #wearenotpromisedtomorrow 
You can be anything you want today 💜
You can be anything you want today 💜
Some days I just want to check out.

To not answer the phone.

To not do the obligatory things.

To take a day to do nothing.

To go into my healing cave.

It's okay to have these days. These days allow space to reenergize and re-centre. The world requires a lot from us and taking time is simply okay.
Some days I just want to check out. To not answer the phone. To not do the obligatory things. To take a day to do nothing. To go into my healing cave. It's okay to have these days. These days allow space to reenergize and re-centre. The world requires a lot from us and taking time is simply okay.
Fifty-five years ago, these two sweet babies were born five days & 200 miles apart. Twenty-seven years later, they met at work, both young lawyers working long hours at a NYC law firm. Compelling conversations led to shared lunches which led to after-hours get-togethers, weekend dates, hand-holding walks in Central Park & a first kiss by the Lake near the Boathouse. They fell in love. They gave notice, shipped 20 boxes south and filled his Jetta (with the radio stolen & two broken locks), with the rest of their stuff & moved to Florida to start their life adventure together. They married by the beach. They shared the vows that couples share. They took & passed another Bar exam. They started new jobs, eventually starting their own law firm.  They bought a house, two cars, connected with community & made friends. Woven in between all of that were the three most miraculous moments when their three children were born.  They were partners & lovers in life in every sense - living & learning, equally teaching, struggling & connecting on the journey together. The one thing they couldn’t have known on the day they took those vows is how many years they would get to have together. We never know the answer to that, but youthful dreams fuel the illusion that the “till death do us part” vow won’t happen. What they didn’t know then was that the “in sickness” part of their vows would call upon them first. Eighteen years after they both said “I do” with hope in their eyes & love in their hearts - 18 years to the day - he died after a valiant 2-1/2 year battle with vile cancer. That wasn’t the plan. I have been asked-if I knew then what I know now, would I have chosen differently? No. Not for a minute. I celebrate the day my husband was born & all we got to be in each other’s lives & all I’ve learned because I got to be his wife & the mother of our children. If I knew then what I know now, even for a single moment in time, I’d set aside all the “chatter” that young couples with young children typically allow, gather up all that I’ve learned since he passed away, & hold each other so tightly shining all that love. Love never dies. Happy Birthday, Ted. Miss you. Love always, Gayle
Fifty-five years ago, these two sweet babies were born five days & 200 miles apart. Twenty-seven years later, they met at work, both young lawyers working long hours at a NYC law firm. Compelling conversations led to shared lunches which led to after-hours get-togethers, weekend dates, hand-holding walks in Central Park & a first kiss by the Lake near the Boathouse. They fell in love. They gave notice, shipped 20 boxes south and filled his Jetta (with the radio stolen & two broken locks), with the rest of their stuff & moved to Florida to start their life adventure together. They married by the beach. They shared the vows that couples share. They took & passed another Bar exam. They started new jobs, eventually starting their own law firm. They bought a house, two cars, connected with community & made friends. Woven in between all of that were the three most miraculous moments when their three children were born. They were partners & lovers in life in every sense - living & learning, equally teaching, struggling & connecting on the journey together. The one thing they couldn’t have known on the day they took those vows is how many years they would get to have together. We never know the answer to that, but youthful dreams fuel the illusion that the “till death do us part” vow won’t happen. What they didn’t know then was that the “in sickness” part of their vows would call upon them first. Eighteen years after they both said “I do” with hope in their eyes & love in their hearts - 18 years to the day - he died after a valiant 2-1/2 year battle with vile cancer. That wasn’t the plan. I have been asked-if I knew then what I know now, would I have chosen differently? No. Not for a minute. I celebrate the day my husband was born & all we got to be in each other’s lives & all I’ve learned because I got to be his wife & the mother of our children. If I knew then what I know now, even for a single moment in time, I’d set aside all the “chatter” that young couples with young children typically allow, gather up all that I’ve learned since he passed away, & hold each other so tightly shining all that love. Love never dies. Happy Birthday, Ted. Miss you. Love always, Gayle
Of the many things I have learned to be true over the last many years, this truth is high among them. The process of grieving and healing from loss reveals not only ourselves, but also reveals the truth in those around us. At first that was hard to deal with, too. In time, I saw what a gift that is; it helped shine so much light in dark places. I’ve been seeing a lot of new IG accounts with brave widowed people sharing from a raw place - those so new on their path. Creating community connections of others who understand even a sliver of what you are going through is so helpful to healing. Much more to share, but will close with a reminder to be gentle with yourself, as I often say. Reach out and connect in Comments or DM anytime. You aren’t alone. ✨💖✨ Love, Gayle
Of the many things I have learned to be true over the last many years, this truth is high among them. The process of grieving and healing from loss reveals not only ourselves, but also reveals the truth in those around us. At first that was hard to deal with, too. In time, I saw what a gift that is; it helped shine so much light in dark places. I’ve been seeing a lot of new IG accounts with brave widowed people sharing from a raw place - those so new on their path. Creating community connections of others who understand even a sliver of what you are going through is so helpful to healing. Much more to share, but will close with a reminder to be gentle with yourself, as I often say. Reach out and connect in Comments or DM anytime. You aren’t alone. ✨💖✨ Love, Gayle
There are so many changes happening in my life. And I'm excited about them, but I sure miss him more.

I want his advice. I want to hear his opinion. I want his support. I want his hugs reassuring me that I'm doing the right thing. I want him to point out things I haven't thought about. I just want his smile.

I'd give anything to hear his voice telling me that I'm doing the right thing and that I can rock this. Hear his voice telling me he loves me and that I'm capable. 
I know in my heart what he would say....I just would love to hear his voice telling me.
There are so many changes happening in my life. And I'm excited about them, but I sure miss him more. I want his advice. I want to hear his opinion. I want his support. I want his hugs reassuring me that I'm doing the right thing. I want him to point out things I haven't thought about. I just want his smile. I'd give anything to hear his voice telling me that I'm doing the right thing and that I can rock this. Hear his voice telling me he loves me and that I'm capable. I know in my heart what he would say....I just would love to hear his voice telling me.
To you all you out there, who feel like you’re treading water.  Who feel like you put on a face to get through the day.  For those who feel like your doing ok and then all of sudden ... your not.  It’s ok not to be ok.  Really it is.  Please keep your head above water even if it means your tired and you feel like you could drown.  We all live so many lives in our one lifetime.  Things can and do change, that’s one thing that’s constant.  The sun rises every day even through the times of dark.  You are strong enough, keep your head above the water, ask for help and build up your inner and outer tools for getting through.  You will find light and happiness.... it’s there you just can’t see it. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you." Rumi “There is a crack, a crack in everything, and that’s how the light enters you.. “ Leonard Cohen #inspirationalquotes
To you all you out there, who feel like you’re treading water. Who feel like you put on a face to get through the day. For those who feel like your doing ok and then all of sudden ... your not. It’s ok not to be ok. Really it is. Please keep your head above water even if it means your tired and you feel like you could drown. We all live so many lives in our one lifetime. Things can and do change, that’s one thing that’s constant. The sun rises every day even through the times of dark. You are strong enough, keep your head above the water, ask for help and build up your inner and outer tools for getting through. You will find light and happiness.... it’s there you just can’t see it. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you." Rumi “There is a crack, a crack in everything, and that’s how the light enters you.. “ Leonard Cohen #inspirationalquotes 
Being a widow is a strange cycle of life. Everything changes in one day. Life is never the same again. •
There is this roller coaster time of mourning. Life is almost a blur, people don’t know what to say to you, friends move on while you stay stuck, you pretend to be strong while you are crumbling inside, and each day is a lonely struggle that most people don’t understand. •
Then some decide to date again, as I did. What a crazy, nerve wracking, and eye opening world single life is after years of being devoted to one person that you know everything about. Not to mention that now you are many years older. •
Dating a widow is different. You see, they are only dating because their spouse died. They don’t want to be dating. They didn’t ask to be out in this complex world of single life. •
As a widow you have to make a very conscious effort to not compare your new love interest to your departed love. You have to figure out what and how much you can speak of them. Do you keep pictures up in your home? If you don’t does that hurt your children? Will people think you have forgotten “him”!
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You see this new life that widows now face is so different than a divorce or break-up. It’s not easy. It doesn’t go away when a new relationship starts. You are forever a widow. Souls have been intertwined forever. That doesn’t end when a last breathe is taken. •
So if you know a widow, be patient with her. Even if it is 10 years later. Her struggle doesn’t end with time or new found happiness, it just becomes a different struggle. •
The blessings are in her memories, her support network, and in the hope for new found happiness. •
She is worth it. .
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#widowlife #sheisenough #empathy  #lifecoach #bethechange #hesgone #lifemustmoveforward #4everandaday #foreverlove #widow #widowsupport
Being a widow is a strange cycle of life. Everything changes in one day. Life is never the same again. • There is this roller coaster time of mourning. Life is almost a blur, people don’t know what to say to you, friends move on while you stay stuck, you pretend to be strong while you are crumbling inside, and each day is a lonely struggle that most people don’t understand. • Then some decide to date again, as I did. What a crazy, nerve wracking, and eye opening world single life is after years of being devoted to one person that you know everything about. Not to mention that now you are many years older. • Dating a widow is different. You see, they are only dating because their spouse died. They don’t want to be dating. They didn’t ask to be out in this complex world of single life. • As a widow you have to make a very conscious effort to not compare your new love interest to your departed love. You have to figure out what and how much you can speak of them. Do you keep pictures up in your home? If you don’t does that hurt your children? Will people think you have forgotten “him”! • You see this new life that widows now face is so different than a divorce or break-up. It’s not easy. It doesn’t go away when a new relationship starts. You are forever a widow. Souls have been intertwined forever. That doesn’t end when a last breathe is taken. • So if you know a widow, be patient with her. Even if it is 10 years later. Her struggle doesn’t end with time or new found happiness, it just becomes a different struggle. • The blessings are in her memories, her support network, and in the hope for new found happiness. • She is worth it. . . . , #widowlife  #sheisenough  #empathy  #lifecoach  #bethechange  #hesgone  #lifemustmoveforward  #4everandaday  #foreverlove  #widow  #widowsupport 
#TBT (circa Jan 2015) & #NationalBoyfriendDay. Our 1st international trip, our 1st anny, and our fav destination to which we wandered. Barbados treated us great and of course we stayed at @thesocohotel since we already had a connection with another Soco (Gabe used to work at @socobk, where we also first met 😍).
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It's not a day (or really a moment) that goes by where Gabby doesn't cross my mind. I miss him dearly. I never thought I'd be wandering through life's journey without him, but here I am. What does give me hope is that I will see him again and he is my leading guardian angel always watching over me & protecting me. Gabby, you inspire @WanderfulLAWS forever & always 😘💛. #GabeLivesForever #ForeverLove
#TBT  (circa Jan 2015) & #NationalBoyfriendDay . Our 1st international trip, our 1st anny, and our fav destination to which we wandered. Barbados treated us great and of course we stayed at @thesocohotel since we already had a connection with another Soco (Gabe used to work at @socobk, where we also first met 😍). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's not a day (or really a moment) that goes by where Gabby doesn't cross my mind. I miss him dearly. I never thought I'd be wandering through life's journey without him, but here I am. What does give me hope is that I will see him again and he is my leading guardian angel always watching over me & protecting me. Gabby, you inspire @WanderfulLAWS forever & always 😘💛. #GabeLivesForever  #ForeverLove 
Yesterday was #NationalBoyfriendDay. Forever mine. Forever his. You will always be a ray of sunshine in my life ☀️💛. #GabeLivesForever #ForeverLove
Give more than a hand when a friend or loved one experiences grief. Give a grief box. #griefsupport #bereavementsupport
What an amazing song “Hello God” by Dolly Parton. Hello God pls giver us your second chance.🙏#people #hello #god #give #us #second#chance#dollarparton #widowsupport #ilovemusic #dance #happeness @toyintitans_ @adesola_ogunwusi @yemi_abiola_thompson @annyke_ @princess_bimmpy @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @iamelijahdaniel @aarinolaolajide_debash @martinsalabi @debash_entertainment @checfaithchapel @covrekollectionz @cole_juli @bekesbukola @yetunde.are
What an amazing song “Hello God” by Dolly Parton. Hello God pls giver us your second chance.🙏#people  #hello  #god  #give  #us  #second #chance #dollarparton  #widowsupport  #ilovemusic  #dance  #happeness  @toyintitans_ @adesola_ogunwusi @yemi_abiola_thompson @annyke_ @princess_bimmpy @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @iamelijahdaniel @aarinolaolajide_debash @martinsalabi @debash_entertainment @checfaithchapel @covrekollectionz @cole_juli @bekesbukola @yetunde.are
When Gloria met George! 
Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer and is a frequent spokeswoman on issues of equality. 
George Eliot was the male pen name of Mary Ann Evans; she was a leading English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the prominent writers of the 19th century Victorian era. 
While the two women are of completely different centuries, both were ground-breaking pioneers. Their teachings crossed my path this morning and I saw the powerful and balancing bookends of two of their quoted sayings. 
Read them together – they go hand-in-hand & light the path, don’t they? For those going through significant transitions in life right now, whether wondering what you want to be when you “grow up,” or if the career you’ve held for so long is really where your future lies, if a move is in order, if you are re-creating your life after loss, if your soul is ready to shed its fears & wounds & embrace your higher growth, or if your creative muse is asking to please come out to play and express your inner sparkle …in any & all the ways we as humans are meant to shine light in the world in whatever ways are uniquely YOU…DON’T STOP – KEEP GOING! 
Keep dreaming.
Keep envisioning.
Keep imagining the possibilities.
Keep planning.
Keep asking the questions.
Start asking for help.
Start welcoming wisdom from guides who want to help you on your way.
Gather info.
Look within then look without.
And then, when you’ve done at least some of that core work – ACT!
Baby steps are HUGE.
Take one.
A tiny one – it will feel great! 
And you know what more?
The world NEEDS YOU.
YOU specifically.
Your existence matters.
Your dreams matter.
You are loved.
SO loved.
Today. Each day. And each day after that.
It is never too late to begin again.
I believe in you.
Love, Gayle :
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When Gloria met George! Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer and is a frequent spokeswoman on issues of equality. George Eliot was the male pen name of Mary Ann Evans; she was a leading English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the prominent writers of the 19th century Victorian era. While the two women are of completely different centuries, both were ground-breaking pioneers. Their teachings crossed my path this morning and I saw the powerful and balancing bookends of two of their quoted sayings. Read them together – they go hand-in-hand & light the path, don’t they? For those going through significant transitions in life right now, whether wondering what you want to be when you “grow up,” or if the career you’ve held for so long is really where your future lies, if a move is in order, if you are re-creating your life after loss, if your soul is ready to shed its fears & wounds & embrace your higher growth, or if your creative muse is asking to please come out to play and express your inner sparkle …in any & all the ways we as humans are meant to shine light in the world in whatever ways are uniquely YOU…DON’T STOP – KEEP GOING! Keep dreaming. Keep envisioning. Keep imagining the possibilities. Keep planning. Keep asking the questions. Start asking for help. Start welcoming wisdom from guides who want to help you on your way. Gather info. Look within then look without. And then, when you’ve done at least some of that core work – ACT! Baby steps are HUGE. Take one. A tiny one – it will feel great! And you know what more? The world NEEDS YOU. YOU specifically. Your existence matters. Your dreams matter. You are loved. SO loved. Today. Each day. And each day after that. It is never too late to begin again. I believe in you. Love, Gayle : : ✨☯️✨ Good Vibes Tribe Connect : Comment “KEEP DREAMING” below and TAG a friend who needs this reminder today. ✨💞✨ CreatingUCoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC creatinggayle.com AllRtsRsvd
An excerpt from my most recent blog post on social groups for widows and widowers.
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"We offer many different activities every month. We have our Saturday Breakfasts and Dominos, of course. We have a stitchery group, a book club, Euchre club, and our monthly Dinner Meeting. We sometimes offer an evening at a winery or go to a play or movie. We occasionally play miniature golf. We used to go bowling once a month, but too many of our members were having problems with their knees or backs and started showing up afterward just to go out to eat. All of our activities seem to include a meal, or at least an ice cream cone."
An excerpt from my most recent blog post on social groups for widows and widowers. . . . . . "We offer many different activities every month. We have our Saturday Breakfasts and Dominos, of course. We have a stitchery group, a book club, Euchre club, and our monthly Dinner Meeting. We sometimes offer an evening at a winery or go to a play or movie. We occasionally play miniature golf. We used to go bowling once a month, but too many of our members were having problems with their knees or backs and started showing up afterward just to go out to eat. All of our activities seem to include a meal, or at least an ice cream cone."
Living boldly is something that I have been leaning into lately. I find that the grief journey is filled with twists and turns.

I'll he heading down a path and then the road will turn suddenly. I don't know it's coming and I have no idea what's around the bend.

Sometimes the turn brings a newness filled with energy and hope. While other turns are filled with sharp grief and pain.

I'm riding out a turn of energy and working on living boldly. Taking each moment to take quantum leaps because I don't know when the next turn will come.
Living boldly is something that I have been leaning into lately. I find that the grief journey is filled with twists and turns. I'll he heading down a path and then the road will turn suddenly. I don't know it's coming and I have no idea what's around the bend. Sometimes the turn brings a newness filled with energy and hope. While other turns are filled with sharp grief and pain. I'm riding out a turn of energy and working on living boldly. Taking each moment to take quantum leaps because I don't know when the next turn will come.
One of my never-take-it-off bracelets... Somebody wanted just the same as I had. 
So same same but a little bit bigger for a male customer 🙂
Indian Rosewood with raw brass.
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One of my never-take-it-off bracelets... Somebody wanted just the same as I had. So same same but a little bit bigger for a male customer 🙂 Indian Rosewood with raw brass. . . . #rosewood  #rosewoodbeads  #indianbeads  #widowsupport  #india  #bracelets  #beadedjewelryofinstagram  #beaded  #rawbass  #hand  #gemstones  #rawstones  #handmadejewelry  #handmadebracelet  #naturaljewelry  #naturelover  #palm  #airplant  #indianjewelry  #jewelryofinstagram  #bohemianjewelry  #unisex  #indiodysseysshop 
I share a Libra birthday week with my husband and my sister. Of the three of us, I am the only one here, body on the planet, to celebrate. So, I celebrate the privilege of getting to have another birthday for the three of us. They forever are frozen in time in my mind’s eye at the young ages when they died. When you reach birthday ages that your close loved ones never got to reach, you truly start to see the world through new lenses. You’ve heard me share how I like 3s ... things balance on 3, and Libras are all about balance. Without the two of them physically here, there are times I feel unbalanced in my journey through life. Yet, I live. I live today. I live each day I get. Because this is also MY life’s story, still getting to live & create it. I shine and grow and learn and serve and evolve in the best ways I know how. And because there is another set of 3 for which I live: my three children who make me the proudest momma every day. Such a privilege to share the path with them. So I took out this diamond heart necklace -a gift from my husband- and wear it close to my heart ... and I put on an opal ring that was my sister’s -opals are October’s birth stone- and I feel more connected and more in balance. What I know to be true is that the LOVE doesn’t die. The LOVE is eternal.  The LOVE lives on forever in us. ✨❤️✨ Love, Gayle 
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I share a Libra birthday week with my husband and my sister. Of the three of us, I am the only one here, body on the planet, to celebrate. So, I celebrate the privilege of getting to have another birthday for the three of us. They forever are frozen in time in my mind’s eye at the young ages when they died. When you reach birthday ages that your close loved ones never got to reach, you truly start to see the world through new lenses. You’ve heard me share how I like 3s ... things balance on 3, and Libras are all about balance. Without the two of them physically here, there are times I feel unbalanced in my journey through life. Yet, I live. I live today. I live each day I get. Because this is also MY life’s story, still getting to live & create it. I shine and grow and learn and serve and evolve in the best ways I know how. And because there is another set of 3 for which I live: my three children who make me the proudest momma every day. Such a privilege to share the path with them. So I took out this diamond heart necklace -a gift from my husband- and wear it close to my heart ... and I put on an opal ring that was my sister’s -opals are October’s birth stone- and I feel more connected and more in balance. What I know to be true is that the LOVE doesn’t die. The LOVE is eternal. The LOVE lives on forever in us. ✨❤️✨ Love, Gayle CreatingUcoaching.com a Soulful division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com 🎊🎨 (For an art-ful birthday message, click over here: @creatinggaylellc )
NEW EPISODE!! #Repost @homeworktohappiness ・・・
Talking to @michelleanhangcoaching about her experience with the death of her spouse.  She bravely shares with us how her mindset and support groups helped her through this hard time at such a young age, with 2 young children.💗
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Big Thanks to Michelle for coming on and sharing her heart with us.💗
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#momlife #lifecoachformoms #lifecoach #sarahjordancpc #reallife #mommyreal #podcasts #bloggermommy #mommyblog #podcastlife #momswithcameras #letthembelittle #motherhoodinspired #instamom #momlifeisthebestlife #podcastlife #firsttimemom #ftm #naturalmom #healthymom #sahm #stayathomemom #workingmom #mommyinspiration #shewrites #imamom #widowsupport
NEW EPISODE!! #Repost  @homeworktohappiness ・・・ Talking to @michelleanhangcoaching about her experience with the death of her spouse.  She bravely shares with us how her mindset and support groups helped her through this hard time at such a young age, with 2 young children.💗 . Big Thanks to Michelle for coming on and sharing her heart with us.💗 . #momlife  #lifecoachformoms  #lifecoach  #sarahjordancpc  #reallife  #mommyreal  #podcasts  #bloggermommy  #mommyblog  #podcastlife  #momswithcameras  #letthembelittle  #motherhoodinspired  #instamom  #momlifeisthebestlife  #podcastlife  #firsttimemom  #ftm  #naturalmom  #healthymom  #sahm  #stayathomemom  #workingmom  #mommyinspiration  #shewrites  #imamom  #widowsupport 
You know what?  You are doing great today.  You might be finding it hard to see the light and that you have so many dreams but can hardly get through your days.  You know what?  You got dressed, you ate, you sent a few emails, you made lunch for your kids, you smiled briefly at the sky, your head hit the  pillow at the end of the day... you are doing amazing and just know, there will be flat days, there will be rough days and there will be brighter days.  It’s all for a season and why not just have another run at it tomorrow if it feels a bit much today.  #keepthefaith #holdon #youareamazing #season
You know what? You are doing great today. You might be finding it hard to see the light and that you have so many dreams but can hardly get through your days. You know what? You got dressed, you ate, you sent a few emails, you made lunch for your kids, you smiled briefly at the sky, your head hit the pillow at the end of the day... you are doing amazing and just know, there will be flat days, there will be rough days and there will be brighter days. It’s all for a season and why not just have another run at it tomorrow if it feels a bit much today. #keepthefaith  #holdon  #youareamazing  #season 
The struggle with guilt and selfishness is such an intertwined issue with grief.

What if doing what is right for me is not right for others? What if what I need to do is not what another person wants from me? 
This used to be so clear for me. Grief has muddied the waters. Guilt and selfish come up so often and I wrestle with them all the time.

Guilt and selfish are the cousins to grief. I'm working through it as best as I can....anyone else struggling with this?
The struggle with guilt and selfishness is such an intertwined issue with grief. What if doing what is right for me is not right for others? What if what I need to do is not what another person wants from me? This used to be so clear for me. Grief has muddied the waters. Guilt and selfish come up so often and I wrestle with them all the time. Guilt and selfish are the cousins to grief. I'm working through it as best as I can....anyone else struggling with this?
I can remember when my husband took his last breath six years ago in the hospital. I remember it clearly because I had to make the dreadful decision if he should continue to live without living or die. It wasn't easy. He was brain dead and he had always told me to never allow him to be on the respirator. He would always jokingly tell me that I better pull the plug because he wouldn't want to live as a vegetable but I knew he was serious - just like he was the day that we drove to the hospital under the nurse's desperate phone call after she received the results of his brain scan. The tumor had relocated from his stomach then to his spine and now to his brain. The next day, I became a widow
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Honestly, I didn't accept the term. I couldn't accept the term. I refused to accept the term. But eventually, I did. I - was- a - widow. I was lost and had to rely on the church mothers, prayer and Google to help me redefine myself
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This blog post is for the new widows whether you’re 19 or 90. The day you become a widow, you're a new widow
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I asked my online support group, Black Women Widows Empowered - Life Support Group - A Safe Place for Widows, to offer advice to the newly widowed and boy did they. The responses came pouring in.  Check out these 40 tips from current widows to the newly widowed. Feel free to add yours!  #newwidows #lossofspouse #griefsupport #widowsupport #blackwomenwidowsempowered
I can remember when my husband took his last breath six years ago in the hospital. I remember it clearly because I had to make the dreadful decision if he should continue to live without living or die. It wasn't easy. He was brain dead and he had always told me to never allow him to be on the respirator. He would always jokingly tell me that I better pull the plug because he wouldn't want to live as a vegetable but I knew he was serious - just like he was the day that we drove to the hospital under the nurse's desperate phone call after she received the results of his brain scan. The tumor had relocated from his stomach then to his spine and now to his brain. The next day, I became a widow . Honestly, I didn't accept the term. I couldn't accept the term. I refused to accept the term. But eventually, I did. I - was- a - widow. I was lost and had to rely on the church mothers, prayer and Google to help me redefine myself . This blog post is for the new widows whether you’re 19 or 90. The day you become a widow, you're a new widow . I asked my online support group, Black Women Widows Empowered - Life Support Group - A Safe Place for Widows, to offer advice to the newly widowed and boy did they. The responses came pouring in.  Check out these 40 tips from current widows to the newly widowed. Feel free to add yours!  #newwidows  #lossofspouse  #griefsupport  #widowsupport  #blackwomenwidowsempowered 
What a special day when someone knows you well and wants to start off your birthday festivities with such love. Pre-birthday breakfast with my friend, Laura. She came gift in tow but asked me to read the card first. Sharing with you here to amplify the light & the Universal message. “Strong women aren’t born with all the answers.
It’s something they grow into,
experience by experience,
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With every year, Gayle, you become even more
uniquely “you” than before.

Dear Gayle,
As I thought what to gift you for your birthday, I struggled to find something useful and meaningful. At first glance, a light bulb might seem the oddest of gifts, but then there is no better gift to you than giving light which you most freely give to others. This high quality LED bulb will last 22 years! My deepest wish is that our friendship be equally enduring. 
Happy Birthday!
Wishing you love and light in the year ahead.
Much love, 
Laura 
And then I opened the gift bag to find the lightbulb! 
All the feels!
All the smiles!
All the hugs!

Thank you to my dear friend, Laura.  True friends are a rare and precious gift on our life’s journey. I am so grateful for those true friends that join me and enrich my life - and allow me to be a true friend to them - on this grand adventure in this season of life. (Swipe for a bonus picture of a beautiful day in the neighborhood - and go to @CreatingGayleLLC for a gorgeous picture of this special & thoughtful friend.)
What a special day when someone knows you well and wants to start off your birthday festivities with such love. Pre-birthday breakfast with my friend, Laura. She came gift in tow but asked me to read the card first. Sharing with you here to amplify the light & the Universal message. “Strong women aren’t born with all the answers. It’s something they grow into, experience by experience, until they’ve changed into something better than they could have imagined. With every year, Gayle, you become even more uniquely “you” than before. Dear Gayle, As I thought what to gift you for your birthday, I struggled to find something useful and meaningful. At first glance, a light bulb might seem the oddest of gifts, but then there is no better gift to you than giving light which you most freely give to others. This high quality LED bulb will last 22 years! My deepest wish is that our friendship be equally enduring. Happy Birthday! Wishing you love and light in the year ahead. Much love, Laura And then I opened the gift bag to find the lightbulb! All the feels! All the smiles! All the hugs! Thank you to my dear friend, Laura. True friends are a rare and precious gift on our life’s journey. I am so grateful for those true friends that join me and enrich my life - and allow me to be a true friend to them - on this grand adventure in this season of life. (Swipe for a bonus picture of a beautiful day in the neighborhood - and go to @CreatingGayleLLC for a gorgeous picture of this special & thoughtful friend.)
#Repost @dbash_humanitarian with @appreposter Humanity is Christianity. Be your brothers keeper. Feed the needy, help the homeless, take care of the widows and all the rewards shall come back to you. #homeless #feedfeed #needy #widowsupport #humanity #humanitarian #food #chiken #sodadrink #rice #love #god #people @bold_ideas_international @kokunfoundation @debash_entertainment @princess_bimmpy @ololade_tola @iamelijahdaniel @omije_ojumi @yetunde.are @yemi_abiola_thompson @topealabifanpage @instablog9ja @adeniyijohnson @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @i_am_ayo_ #widowsupport #widow #lessprivileged #feedingthelesspriviledged #topealabi #funkeakindelebello #odunladeadekola
#Repost  @dbash_humanitarian with @appreposter Humanity is Christianity. Be your brothers keeper. Feed the needy, help the homeless, take care of the widows and all the rewards shall come back to you. #homeless  #feedfeed  #needy  #widowsupport  #humanity  #humanitarian  #food  #chiken  #sodadrink  #rice  #love  #god  #people  @bold_ideas_international @kokunfoundation @debash_entertainment @princess_bimmpy @ololade_tola @iamelijahdaniel @omije_ojumi @yetunde.are @yemi_abiola_thompson @topealabifanpage @instablog9ja @adeniyijohnson @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @i_am_ayo_ #widowsupport  #widow  #lessprivileged  #feedingthelesspriviledged  #topealabi  #funkeakindelebello  #odunladeadekola 
Humanity is Christianity. Be your brothers keeper. Feed the needy, help the homeless, take care of the widows and all the rewards shall come back to you. #homeless #feedfeed #needy #widowsupport #humanity #humanitarian #food #chiken #sodadrink #rice #love #god #people @bold_ideas_international @kokunfoundation @debash_entertainment @princess_bimmpy @ololade_tola @iamelijahdaniel @omije_ojumi @yetunde.are @yemi_abiola_thompson @topealabifanpage @instablog9ja @adeniyijohnson @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @i_am_ayo_
Humanity is Christianity. Be your brothers keeper. Feed the needy, help the homeless, take care of the widows and all the rewards shall come back to you. #homeless  #feedfeed  #needy  #widowsupport  #humanity  #humanitarian  #food  #chiken  #sodadrink  #rice  #love  #god  #people  @bold_ideas_international @kokunfoundation @debash_entertainment @princess_bimmpy @ololade_tola @iamelijahdaniel @omije_ojumi @yetunde.are @yemi_abiola_thompson @topealabifanpage @instablog9ja @adeniyijohnson @keepingupwith_i.s.o.b @i_am_shai @i_am_ayo_
1,000 followers!?!?! When I started writing about widowhood 6 months I didn't have any expectations besides adding to the widow/grief community.

I have been continually grateful for the feedback and connections I have been able to make through this global community. 
Feeling so connected and blessed to be able to share my grief journey and connect with others on their journey
1,000 followers!?!?! When I started writing about widowhood 6 months I didn't have any expectations besides adding to the widow/grief community. I have been continually grateful for the feedback and connections I have been able to make through this global community. Feeling so connected and blessed to be able to share my grief journey and connect with others on their journey
I had this quote on my vision board last year and have always lived by it.  We all at some stage suffer loss, have struggles, it’s part of the human experience.  I’m not saying it ain’t easy.... however I am saying YOU get to choose how you react to it.  Where you sit alongside it and the lesson you learn from it.... my gentle reminder to you is, that there is a beautiful and amazing life out there and it’s there to be lived.  Be happy, not because everything is perfect, but because you choose to focus on the perfect moments.  Much love. Karen
I had this quote on my vision board last year and have always lived by it. We all at some stage suffer loss, have struggles, it’s part of the human experience. I’m not saying it ain’t easy.... however I am saying YOU get to choose how you react to it. Where you sit alongside it and the lesson you learn from it.... my gentle reminder to you is, that there is a beautiful and amazing life out there and it’s there to be lived. Be happy, not because everything is perfect, but because you choose to focus on the perfect moments. Much love. Karen
Love this list by @mydivinereality  All things I’m aiming for at the moment.  I’m going to keep reaching for good feeling thoughts and things to do over the weekend and heading into the school hols.... Looking forward to hanging with the kids. 🙌🏼🤙🏻👍🏻👌🏻🙏🍃⭐️🌷🌞💫🌊🌈
Love this list by @mydivinereality All things I’m aiming for at the moment. I’m going to keep reaching for good feeling thoughts and things to do over the weekend and heading into the school hols.... Looking forward to hanging with the kids. 🙌🏼🤙🏻👍🏻👌🏻🙏🍃⭐️🌷🌞💫🌊🌈
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I so wish I had been graced with being able to sit next to Maya Angelou as she shared her wisdom. So grateful her words live on. Just like our words have meaning. Our words live on. Continue. ✨💝✨ Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue #mywishforyou #mayaangelouquotes CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
Continue. ✨ 💚 ✨ 💚 ✨ I so wish I had been graced with being able to sit next to Maya Angelou as she shared her wisdom. So grateful her words live on. Just like our words have meaning. Our words live on. Continue. ✨💝✨ Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue  #mywishforyou  #mayaangelouquotes  CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
From my most recent blog post: Social Groups (link in bio) "Shortly after I joined, my Grandson who lives with me, noticed my frequent absences and asked, “What do you do there, sit around and cry?” I explained to him that, quite the contrary, we have a lot of fun. We don’t have to apologize for laughing out loud at something we find funny. Sometimes, when I run into a friend that I haven’t seen in years, they still greet me with that pitying voice like my husband died yesterday. At our club activities, we don’t have to validate our grief, we all know it is there, but it doesn’t have to define us."
From my most recent blog post: Social Groups (link in bio) "Shortly after I joined, my Grandson who lives with me, noticed my frequent absences and asked, “What do you do there, sit around and cry?” I explained to him that, quite the contrary, we have a lot of fun. We don’t have to apologize for laughing out loud at something we find funny. Sometimes, when I run into a friend that I haven’t seen in years, they still greet me with that pitying voice like my husband died yesterday. At our club activities, we don’t have to validate our grief, we all know it is there, but it doesn’t have to define us."
Through walking with grief, I have come to learn that the kindness of strangers amazes me. One small act can have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. People ask me all the time, “how do I help someone who is grieving?” and my answer is “be kind”. Just do something nice because you can. Don’t be afraid of someone else’s grief. It’s messy. It’s confusing. But your act of kindness can be the one thing that day that alleviates the weight that burdens people. *New Blog Post** link in bio
Through walking with grief, I have come to learn that the kindness of strangers amazes me. One small act can have a tremendous impact on someone’s life. People ask me all the time, “how do I help someone who is grieving?” and my answer is “be kind”. Just do something nice because you can. Don’t be afraid of someone else’s grief. It’s messy. It’s confusing. But your act of kindness can be the one thing that day that alleviates the weight that burdens people. *New Blog Post** link in bio
🚨🚨 @ging512 and I started a thing. Check out the preview today! Episode 1 coming TOMORROW! 🚨🚨 Link in @blackbirdpod bio!!
🚨🚨 @ging512 and I started a thing. Check out the preview today! Episode 1 coming TOMORROW! 🚨🚨 Link in @blackbirdpod bio!!
Thank you #fathergod for never leaving my side when I felt so alone & lost. My faith in you has lead me to a whole new world of opportunities. #foreverthankful #forevergrateful
#GodsGotMe #gratefulheart 💜 #psalm146 #royalwidow #widowsarebeautiful #widowsupport #widowsofinstagram #widowcommunity 🙏
Wouldn't it be great if all widows wrote a book about all the things we don't say.

We don't say how we constantly live in two worlds..the present and past.

We don't say how hard it is to identify as a widow.

We don't say how even years later, the loss feels fresh.

We don't say how our heart never feels the same.

We don't say how the gaping hole remains a wound that is sensitive and is triggered so easy.

We don't say how smiling is our way to make it through the day.

We don't say how much tenacity, resilience and courage it takes to continue to live in a world that is grief avoidant
Wouldn't it be great if all widows wrote a book about all the things we don't say. We don't say how we constantly live in two worlds..the present and past. We don't say how hard it is to identify as a widow. We don't say how even years later, the loss feels fresh. We don't say how our heart never feels the same. We don't say how the gaping hole remains a wound that is sensitive and is triggered so easy. We don't say how smiling is our way to make it through the day. We don't say how much tenacity, resilience and courage it takes to continue to live in a world that is grief avoidant
Keep moving forward. Rest when needed (healing & evolving soul growth can be depleting), but make sure you don’t stay cycling around in the dark and painful events that inevitably wrap you in a lifelong victim state of mind. We are not our thoughts, nor are we defined by the events that happen to us. Baby steps count - I’m a big fan of baby steps. 😉 Keep progressing YOUR story.  Continue to embrace the gift of each day. This is your one blessed and beautiful life. Embrace the transitions. Thank them for the lessons. As Dory says: “Just keep swimming.” ✨💝✨ Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue #justkeepswimming  CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
Keep moving forward. Rest when needed (healing & evolving soul growth can be depleting), but make sure you don’t stay cycling around in the dark and painful events that inevitably wrap you in a lifelong victim state of mind. We are not our thoughts, nor are we defined by the events that happen to us. Baby steps count - I’m a big fan of baby steps. 😉 Keep progressing YOUR story. Continue to embrace the gift of each day. This is your one blessed and beautiful life. Embrace the transitions. Thank them for the lessons. As Dory says: “Just keep swimming.” ✨💝✨ Love, Gayle #thingsiknowtobetrue  #justkeepswimming  CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
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Tag a Friend below & help Light the Path. 💞 Let me know how it sparked your heart. Love, Gayle 
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📰💝📝 CreatingUcoaching NEWS FLASH! ✨💖✨ I wrote, painted & published my first e-Book! My LOVE OFFERING GIFT from ME to YOU! ✨💖✨ All new subscribers to my Colorful Insights Newsletter {LINK in BIO} will receive my newly-published, hot-off-the-presses, 31-page, soulful eBook: “What 3 Things? 20 Thought-Inspiring Questions to Spark Your Soul & Discover Your Life Purpose The Mini e-Book with the Big Mission” [SWIPE for bonus page] Check it out. Tag a Friend below & help Light the Path. 💞 Let me know how it sparked your heart. Love, Gayle CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
Eek, I’m loving that as a byproduct of my business I get to spread the word about life after loss and self care.  @shineon.co.nz thanks so much for the opportunity to help support @lifelinenz in your recent drive to raise funds for an awesome charity..... this pic is a photo of a screenshot of my video I did to support.  To see the full video check out my Facebook page Tapping Into Life. 💓💜❤️ #lifeline #selfcare #suicideprevention #lifeafterloss #blessed #shineon #selfcaretips
Eek, I’m loving that as a byproduct of my business I get to spread the word about life after loss and self care. @shineon.co.nz thanks so much for the opportunity to help support @lifelinenz in your recent drive to raise funds for an awesome charity..... this pic is a photo of a screenshot of my video I did to support. To see the full video check out my Facebook page Tapping Into Life. 💓💜❤️ #lifeline  #selfcare  #suicideprevention  #lifeafterloss  #blessed  #shineon  #selfcaretips 
Yes!! I'm working on saying yes each and every day!!
Yes!! I'm working on saying yes each and every day!!
These two keep me good company. Mostly they follow me around waiting for me to do something exciting....which I seem to disappoint about 99% of the time.

But they love me and think I'm great! I think they're pretty great too...a good reciprocal relationship ❤
These two keep me good company. Mostly they follow me around waiting for me to do something exciting....which I seem to disappoint about 99% of the time. But they love me and think I'm great! I think they're pretty great too...a good reciprocal relationship ❤
Today is the day! Unintentionally but perfectly-timed to launch on the precipice of the autumnal equinox, with equal amounts of day & night; aligned & balanced with nature - everything in its right time.
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I am over-the-moon proud to share with you and the world my latest professional & personal evolution – my true calling that integrates all that I am in service to others: CreatingU Coaching – Life Transitions & Soul Coaching!
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Asking the Core Questions
Guiding the Important Conversations
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Widowed Journey
Divorce Mentor
Recreating Life after Loss
Life Purpose Soul Guide
Loving Communication Facilitator
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Lighting Your Path
So You Can
Live Your Light
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LOVE OFFERING GIFT FROM ME TO YOU!
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All new subscribers to my Colorful Insights Newsletter will receive as my Love Offering Gift, my newly-published, hot-off-the-presses, 31-page, soulful eBook:
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“What 3 Things?
20 Thought-Inspiring Questions to
Spark Your Soul & Discover Your Life Purpose
The Mini e-Book with the Big Mission” [SWIPE for bonus page] 🍃·
A labor of love! ✨💙✨ My “What 3 Things” eBook is filled with my original writing, insightful life inquires as well as my original abstract watercolor paintings.
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Add your name & email address on the Sign-up Form on every page of the CreatingU website (LINK in BIO) to join the private CreatingU community subscriber mailing list and receive my FREE eBOOK directly!
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Welcome! I look forward to hearing from you, hearing your story and helping light your path forward so you can live your light.
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I love hearing from friends, kind comments from those who read my reflections and staying in touch with good people.
Love, -Gayle

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Today is the day! Unintentionally but perfectly-timed to launch on the precipice of the autumnal equinox, with equal amounts of day & night; aligned & balanced with nature - everything in its right time. 🍃· I am over-the-moon proud to share with you and the world my latest professional & personal evolution – my true calling that integrates all that I am in service to others: CreatingU Coaching – Life Transitions & Soul Coaching! 🍃· Asking the Core Questions Guiding the Important Conversations 🍃· Widowed Journey Divorce Mentor Recreating Life after Loss Life Purpose Soul Guide Loving Communication Facilitator 🍃· Lighting Your Path So You Can Live Your Light 🍃· LOVE OFFERING GIFT FROM ME TO YOU! 🍃· All new subscribers to my Colorful Insights Newsletter will receive as my Love Offering Gift, my newly-published, hot-off-the-presses, 31-page, soulful eBook: 🍃· “What 3 Things? 20 Thought-Inspiring Questions to Spark Your Soul & Discover Your Life Purpose The Mini e-Book with the Big Mission” [SWIPE for bonus page] 🍃· A labor of love! ✨💙✨ My “What 3 Things” eBook is filled with my original writing, insightful life inquires as well as my original abstract watercolor paintings. 🍃· Add your name & email address on the Sign-up Form on every page of the CreatingU website (LINK in BIO) to join the private CreatingU community subscriber mailing list and receive my FREE eBOOK directly! 🍃· TAG a friend ~ Share the Love! 💞· Welcome! I look forward to hearing from you, hearing your story and helping light your path forward so you can live your light. 🍃· I love hearing from friends, kind comments from those who read my reflections and staying in touch with good people. Love, -Gayle CreatingUcoaching.com, A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC CreatingGayle.com AllRtsRsvd
This is such a challenging one, but I know it to be true.  We can often get stuck in the revolving door of the “blame game” and “being the victim” where we lead with our wounds. While our horrors and the pain of whatever we survived at the hand of another, or by circumstances of life itself, is intensely valid, staying in that dark place for our entire lives isn’t honoring our miraculous self-worth and right to be happy. Break the cycle. You can do it. I believe in you with all my heart. ✨☯️✨ Whether you’ve “outgrown” the life you’ve been living or seismic events outside your choosing shifted the course of your life, the “falling apart in order to evolve higher” can be daunting. Are you feeling that internal shift? I know it can be scary. Yes, you have a choice. But when the price of “no, I’m not ready” is higher than the voice that says: “I’m afraid,” you know it’s time to let go and trust ...it just takes that first baby step. ✨
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#thingsiknowtobetrue ✨You are your own light. The light is within you. I promise. Sometimes we need help - guidance and illumination from another (a guide, a mentor, a soul coach, a lightworker), on our path to help rekindle our flame. I believe in you. You don’t have to go it alone.
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Whether on your widow journey recreating your life after devastating loss, or seeking the guidance of a divorce mentor, before, during and after, including during mediation, engaging a facilitator to help have the tough but important conversations, or if you are deciding what you want to be when you grow up, no matter your age - I’d be honored to be of light to you on your path.
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Sharing hard-earned truths and reflections of loving, surviving, navigating and living life through my unique lens. 📲 FOLLOW me here to keep up with the latest as I fulfill one of my life's purposes - lighting the path as you navigate yours. 🎨 Check out my art account for more color, custom commissions & inspiration @creatinggaylellc ✨ I look forward to hearing from you. Love, Gayle 🍃 CreatingUcoaching.com | Lighting Your Path | Living Your Light | Sparking Creativity ✨ A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC creatinggayle.com AllRtsRsvd
This is such a challenging one, but I know it to be true. We can often get stuck in the revolving door of the “blame game” and “being the victim” where we lead with our wounds. While our horrors and the pain of whatever we survived at the hand of another, or by circumstances of life itself, is intensely valid, staying in that dark place for our entire lives isn’t honoring our miraculous self-worth and right to be happy. Break the cycle. You can do it. I believe in you with all my heart. ✨☯️✨ Whether you’ve “outgrown” the life you’ve been living or seismic events outside your choosing shifted the course of your life, the “falling apart in order to evolve higher” can be daunting. Are you feeling that internal shift? I know it can be scary. Yes, you have a choice. But when the price of “no, I’m not ready” is higher than the voice that says: “I’m afraid,” you know it’s time to let go and trust ...it just takes that first baby step. ✨ 🍃 ✨ #thingsiknowtobetrue  ✨You are your own light. The light is within you. I promise. Sometimes we need help - guidance and illumination from another (a guide, a mentor, a soul coach, a lightworker), on our path to help rekindle our flame. I believe in you. You don’t have to go it alone. ✨ 🍃 ✨ Whether on your widow journey recreating your life after devastating loss, or seeking the guidance of a divorce mentor, before, during and after, including during mediation, engaging a facilitator to help have the tough but important conversations, or if you are deciding what you want to be when you grow up, no matter your age - I’d be honored to be of light to you on your path. ✨ 🍃 ✨ Sharing hard-earned truths and reflections of loving, surviving, navigating and living life through my unique lens. 📲 FOLLOW me here to keep up with the latest as I fulfill one of my life's purposes - lighting the path as you navigate yours. 🎨 Check out my art account for more color, custom commissions & inspiration @creatinggaylellc ✨ I look forward to hearing from you. Love, Gayle 🍃 CreatingUcoaching.com | Lighting Your Path | Living Your Light | Sparking Creativity ✨ A Soulful Division of CreatingGayleLLC creatinggayle.com AllRtsRsvd
From my most recent blog post: Social Groups (link in bio)

Ken died when we were both 53 years old. The year after he died, the husband of a friend of mine died. A new widows and widowers’ group was getting started and my friend jumped on the bandwagon. She became active right away and tried to get me to join, unsuccessfully, for years. I was too busy working and raising my children to even think of going out socially. I’m not sure what I thought the group was like, but it stressed me out to even hear her talk about it. I think I had it confused with couples’ groups I had heard about that focused on “meeting someone new”. The morning of my 60th birthday, I asked myself whether I intended to crawl into bed for the rest of my life or get out and do something. I decided to try my friend’s group…
From my most recent blog post: Social Groups (link in bio) Ken died when we were both 53 years old. The year after he died, the husband of a friend of mine died. A new widows and widowers’ group was getting started and my friend jumped on the bandwagon. She became active right away and tried to get me to join, unsuccessfully, for years. I was too busy working and raising my children to even think of going out socially. I’m not sure what I thought the group was like, but it stressed me out to even hear her talk about it. I think I had it confused with couples’ groups I had heard about that focused on “meeting someone new”. The morning of my 60th birthday, I asked myself whether I intended to crawl into bed for the rest of my life or get out and do something. I decided to try my friend’s group…
“You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That’s where I’ll always love you, Peter Pan. That’s where I’ll be waiting.” (Tink) 👼Watching Fairytales reminds my adult self that now our deepest connection to you is within . 🌈 #fairytales #missingyou #reconnectingsunshine #reconnectingtoyoursunshine #reconnectingtoyourone #widowsupport #memories #areforever #dreamingofyou