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"If you have a breathing room, you have a sanctuary, a place where you can return to yourself and restore your sense of peace." — Thích Nhất Hạnh #thrivingthroughgrief

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Life, is like a sailboat ride, the weather changes, the currents change, the winds change. Everyday. ⛵️ #storms #vitaminsea #spiritual #journey #smoothsailing #tbt #thrivingthroughgrief

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“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.” Henri J.M. Nouwen ✨ #compassion #thrivingthroughgrief

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It’s not always rainbows & sunshine. 🌧 🌈 ☀️#thrivingthroughgrief

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every summer has its story. 🌊 #whales #sanctuary #thrivingthroughgrief

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writerbrittanyjohnson

This life is full of uncertainties and that's a fact that can be quite unsettling for those of us who like to know & plan (or be in control). Over the course of Dan's illness I was made to be flexible simply because of the nature of life with cancer. I would plan our life as best I could knowing that at any moment things could change and frequently they did. The unexpected became what I prepared for. I never understood or liked this. It felt chaotic and disjointed and was incredibly frustrating. Now I see that God was using that to prepare me for everything else that was to come. I no longer see it as a frustration, it's simply a fact of life. I see that "unexpected" does not always equate negative. In the time since Dan's death I've had more unexpected things happen than I could've ever imagined and they've all been good and fun. I can't help but think if I hadn't been trained on how to "roll" with it back then, I wouldn't have been as open to the unexpected blessings I've received over the last 5 months. Would I have denied all the good simply because it didn't align with what I had planned? I'm learning that all the magic really lies in those unexpected things that pop up, that make us feel things. This is where we figure out who we are and what we do and don't enjoy. It's where some of our biggest blessings lie, waiting on us to be open to receiving them. Say yes to trying something new. Make that call that's been on your heart- even if you don't know what to say. Explore options you wouldn't typically look at. Give someone a chance even if the timing makes no sense. You may be surprised at all the wonderful things that are waiting for you! #respecttheunexpected #rollwithit #thisislife #thrivingthroughgrief #foodforthought #grief #life #surprise #joy

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Everyone has a story 📖#namaste #thrivingthroughgrief

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Fitness as stress relief. It's something I've come to cling to like my life depends on it, and really, it does. I've been truly dedicated to my physical wellness for the last 10 years and my goals have evolved many times. When I first started out it was to look a certain way, during nursing school it was to keep myself from ripping my hair out, then it was to see how far I could push myself. In pregnancy I learned what it meant to "maintain", and after that it was to get back to my baseline, for the last 4 years it's been more about showing Conley that our bodies are made to move and that challenging is good. When we brought Dan home on Hospice I quickly started running again. I needed a break, fresh air, time to think about what was coming. I would run down the road and sob. I'm sure it was a sight, but it was incredibly cathartic. Since January I've realized how tired my body is from 6 years of incredible frustration and stress. My goal now is simply to do what feels right that day and really listen to my body. Some days my energy level is great- I can't wait to get in the gym and lift or run or do something challenging. Some days emotions take a toll on me and I need rest so maybe I just take a walk or stretch or do a short bike ride. The benefits through my whole journey have been this: increased focus, better sleep, less anxiety, feelings of being "in control" and able to handle whatever is to come, a better mood. An added bonus is that I feel strong and good about myself. I share this to encourage you to go move your body. Set a small goal- and work towards it. When you reach it set another one. Invest time in your physical wellbeing. #fitness #grief #thrivingthroughgrief #fitmom #healthy

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During the course of Dan's illness I spent countless hours wondering, trying to bargain with God, researching, and examining everything we did or could possibly do to "fix" the fact that he had cancer. Realizing we were at the end of the road the frustration I felt was infuriating. For the first time in my life I felt like a failure. I felt like I had let everyone down, like I had let Dan down because I couldn't find the answer to help him live. I finally understood what defeat felt like. Then I got very mad. "What was the point of all this struggle and work if it wasn't going to work!?!?!" I remember screaming these words with tears streaming down my face. "What am I supposed to do now?" came when I realized I no longer was supposed to try and "fix" Dan, but instead sit and "be" with Dan. See, I'm a doer, a fixer, a "I can solve any problem in the world given the time and resources" type girl. I'm not good at sitting and I'm horrible at accepting defeat. Driving Dan home from the hospital that last time was physically painful. I knew it was the last drive home from the hospital we would do. The time had come to go home and just "be", to ensure Dan's end of life wishes were fulfilled. The month that followed was overcast with anxiety and the deepest depression I could imagine. As Dan slipped slowly away I was learning how to let others in to help me, how to gracefully accept defeat, and how to simply let go. Then Dan died. Standing in my kitchen as they wheeled his body out of our home, I felt like I'd had half my body severed. I stood there and begged God to let me die so that I could go with him. "My purpose for being here was to share my life with Dan, now it's done. Take me too." In the months that have followed I've been a wreck, been lost, felt every emotion there is to feel. I've been exhausted. But I've also been astounded by the relationships I share, I've felt great joy, I've found new hope, and I learned that my "job" was never to fix Dan. My job is to share that experience with others. To offer our story that others may gain hope and encouragement, to never stop sharing how Dan and our journey impacted me. #thrivingthroughgrief #chordoma

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“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.” ⚓️#thrivingthroughgrief

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My brother always gave me the most thoughtful/ funny cards. He would often write something in Greek, too. I had this necklace made from one those somethings. It says, I love you ❤️Thank you @heidijhale for this beautiful piece that I will always treasure📿*angel art by my #sonshine#thrivingthroughgrief

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“Grief isn’t a problem to be solved. Some things cannot be fixed, they can only be carried. How we carry those losses — our own, and those of others — is important now, and will continue to be, in all the days to come.” ✨Great Article in bio ✨ #thrivingthroughgrief

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To learn from it, the only way 🧘🏼‍♀️#rafiki #wisdom #thrivingthroughgrief

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"Meditation is a practice for staying present, for nurturing our heart, and for letting Go & or letting it Be. #meditation #letitbe #findyourcalm #align #thrivingthroughgrief 📿

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Meditation is like a vitamin for your mind. Set an intention on this beautiful winter solstice. #thrivingthroughgrief

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“Time does not heal wounds, but rather what we do with the time that starts the healing.” #thrivingthroughgrief

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Have a few Hakuna Matata moments everyday. #thrivingthroughgrief

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I fight for my health everyday in ways most people don't understand. I am a warrior. I hope I can just inspire or help at least one person who is having a rough day with depression or physical pain. I want you to know you aren't alone. Im sending love and healing vibes out to those who need a little extra TLC today. . . #expressyourself #bodyandsoul #warriorgoddess #warrior #strongwomen #strongbeautifulwomen #love #maffia #mindbodysoul #strongmindbody #mindbody #mindbodyhealing #yogatherapy #aloyoga #yogaforthesoul #yogainnature #yogahealing #dancerforever #dance4life #dance_like_nobodys_watchin #dancelover #mentalhealthadvocate #mentalhealthawareness #thriving #thrivingthroughgrief #thrivingthroughpain . . Photo Cred: @cathrynlanza

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We all have things happen in our lives that we wouldn't have necessarily written for ourselves, but that doesn't mean we can't still weave it to become a beautiful part of our story. X kf

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My moments of bliss made all the more rich by the moments that broke me.. A heart that's been torn by grief is all the more grateful to be touched by the warm glow of a smiling soul.. I've discovered is so much healing to be found in crazy, childish giggles - especially when you once felt as if you'd never do so again. When I first lost my sister I was distressed by the idea of being a 70 year old woman who hadn't laughed with her sister in 50 years, but now I've rewritten that story to believe she still laughs with me (and probably at me half the time 😂🙈) - because I find so much more joy and happiness in the simple things since her legacy came alive in my veins.. I live twice as big, love twice as deep and laugh twice as hard now - and I'm inspired to think of old and grey me still doing the same for the two of us even 50 years from now - (probably with a few less teeth! 😁🙊😂). X kf #laughingforthetwoofus #foranother50yearsandmore #healingmyheartandsoul

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My inspirational friend @manpreetdhillon continues to amaze me with the work that she does. I went to her book signing at Strawberry Hill Chapters today and was in awe of how she took a painful personal experience and created a moment to show people that they can be their very best, no matter what the situation. Manpreet, I am so proud of this achievement and look forward to witnessing your future successes! #inspiration #author #empowerment #thrivingthroughgrief

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