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Finding Love

The pine trees loomed overhead, darkening the road. Richard’s headlights lit the way. We trusted the car lights, just as we trusted each other. Sixty-two years of training to be cautious stayed with me. At the same time, I was thrilled to be eloping in the tradition of my parents, who also went to Reno on the 17th of the month. For a couple about to be married, we didn’t have much to say.

“A penny for your thoughts?” I finally said to break the ice.

“I was just thinking about all the cars that have LED headlights.”

Was this for real? We were on our way to a wedding chapel, and his focus was on headlights! No TV couple I ever saw was this complacent on their way to their own wedding. However, the shows had dramatic conflicts and high stakes. We only had two different histories and each other. Continue Reading →

Life Lessons From Option B

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Title graphic for life lessons from Option B

I picked up Option B at the airport on my way home from my birthday shenanigans in November. Since I hadn’t gotten into the bandwagon of owning a kindle (and it is hard to find books written in English here), an airport bookstore it was. I needed something that would help me process my own struggles and move forward.

About the Book

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy was written by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton.

Sheryl lost her husband suddenly to cardiac arrhythmia while they were in vacation. Her world was turned upside down in a single moment.

The book tells her personal journey as she went through the excruciating grief of losing a spouse and finding the strength to put the pieces back together again. Throughout the book, she also shares lots of inspiring stories of people overcoming adversity from sexual abuse, illnesses, death of a child, job loss, natural disasters, and war.

Genre: Self Help/ Personal Development

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Top 5 Books To Read When You Are Struggling

I love reading good books. They can educate us about new topics we have never heard before, entertain us after a long day at work and transport us to a magical world where we can escape for a few hours from our mundane lives.

Reading can also encourages and uplifts us when our spirits sag – especially when we are dealing with major life changes that alter the course of our lives.

I have gone through the deep valley of grief, depression and hopelessness myself (You can read about it on this post.) and these books help me get through the dark season.

top 5 books to read when you are struggling with grief, depression and hopelessness

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