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Celebrating the Past After Loss

It's that time of year—a time for reflection and celebration. 

Yesterday was the 4th of July—a time when our nation reflects and celebrates our past. 

It's also time for self-evaluations at my office—a time for reflection on professional accomplishments. 

These moments, these days of reflection and celebration, can be so complicated, especially if you don't want to think about or remember the past. For some, the thought of looking back is scary as hell because opening a window to the past can create an avalanche of emotions. 

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To My Husband | You are Super Awesome

We have a running joke in our house about how Josh is "super awesome." The funny thing is it's actually true! 

Today is our anniversary. Two years. 24 short months of marriage. We've been through quite a lot in those 24 months. More than many couples endure in a lifetime. We've cried deep soulful tears together. We've leaned on each other. We've supported each other.  We've been honest and real with each other.

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Remembering Dad | Thank You

Like many others, I spent yesterday (Father's Day) celebrating my husband. It was a beautiful and yet difficult day. 

We've found so much peace when we embrace nature, so Josh wanted to spend the day exploring. We booked a day trip to a couple scenic spots nearby.  As we listened to the sounds of nature, I couldn't help but think of my dad. As those thoughts arose, I suppressed them. Not wanting to remember.  

My dad passed away a year ago today. 

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Joy and Suffering | A Whole Human Experience

As much as joy and happiness are a part of the human experience so is suffering. Show me a human who has never experienced some form of suffering and I will be shocked. Everyone faces his or her own form of suffering at some point. Self-doubt, loss, abuse, failure, neglect, hungerthere are a thousand different ways we might experience suffering in a lifetime.  

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Thriving After Loss | What Does that Look Like?

When deciding to start a blog, I pondered the question, "What should I title it?"  I wanted to spend time researching, polling friends, doing that "analytical" thing I do.  I wanted to come up with a catchy and creative name that would get your attention and yet convey my message.  

The problem was that the word "THRIVING" just wouldn't go away.  It wouldn't leave my thoughts; as much as I tried other options "THRIVING" stuck to me like glue. And so...that's what I went with: KendraThriving. 

Now I ask myself, "What does thriving after the loss mean to me?" This is how I define it:

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Creating Space | When You Thought You Had Nothing Left

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of decisions you have to make?  Have you ever thought, if I have to make one more decision I might completely shut down?  I've been there too. That place where even the simplest decisions, like deciding what what to eat for dinner becomes challenging. During a recent conversation, a friend asked me if I'd consider using the word "and" instead of "but" in my speech.  With the switch of a word, I felt liberated.

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Receiving Love | From Those We've Lost

With Mother’s Day is approaching, I’ve been considering what it means to be to be Adeline’s mom. How do you reconcile being a mom of a child you cannot hold?  I was brousing through my photos recently and this one always stands out to me. It reminds me of a moment, during a trip to Lake Tahoe, shortly after Adeline passed away.

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