Happy New Year!

…. And you learn that you really can endure, you really are strong, you really do have worth and you learn and you learn, with every goodbye, you learn…

As we say goodbye to the year, I share with you a few lines from a beautiful poem written by Veronica A. Shoffstall. She speaks of our ability to have perspective on our lives. The complete poem is shared at the bottom of this writing.

I suspect that I am not alone in welcoming a New Year. It has been a challenging and interesting 2017 for many. The hope is that we have learned something in the seeming chaos of natural disasters, political unrest and person loss and challenges. I certainly have learned a lot!

The ability to endure deep grief and great stress have made me strong. As I look to the New Year my faith is as deep as ever, and I see enormous possibilities for us all. I have finally honored and acknowledged the self-worth that I have always desired to have. No longer am I willing to sell myself short for the sake of another person’s opinion or desires of me. I have had to say goodbye to many people and things this year and I have learned, “with every goodbye” I have learned.

It is important to take the time to think about where we are and how we are doing in our lives. What have we learned? What still needs to be uncovered to be able to express our best selves to the world?

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to do just that. This next year is about mental, spiritual and physical health for me. What desire or intention do you have for 2018? What do you need to say goodbye to from 2017?

I offer my Empowered 2018 worksheets as a gift. Please use workbook to be present to the past year and set your intentions for the new one. Click here to download the document.

If you find the worksheets helpful and would like help on setting your 2018 intention, please schedule an appointment with me. If you do not live in Denver, the session can be done by phone.

In the possibilities of the New Year and new learnings,


After a While
After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning and company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts and presents aren’t promises and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure you really are strong you really do have worth and you learn and you learn with every goodbye, you learn…Veronica A. Shoffstall