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Christina Lerchen  Writer, grief coach, quote lover and cheese addict. Trying to help other women navigate life's unexpected moments with compassion, humor & honesty


Happy Birthday to my love Mike ❤️ Thank you for being my person and reminding me what it means to walk side by side with someone, finding laughter and hope during the tough times. You are one of the hardest working people I know, always trying to find the best in every situation. You light up a room, and remind me what it means to be loved and seen. "I knew you were the one when you walked into my chaos and never looked back" -m.firechild

You are allowed to change. To grow. To become who ever you feel you are destined to be. And that can change in an instant. Stop holding onto the past and person you thought you had to be. Step into who you are NOW. You are courageous and brave and have been through grief so that you can connect to who you are and what you want in this life. You have compassion and know what it is like to feel pain and love so deep that it can knock you out. Hold on to it and let it transform you into who you want to be. xoxo

"It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it." - Amelia Barr

I am such a huge believer in taking it day by day... in being courageous enough to try again every morning.

I believe that I have been broken and shattered and it has made me appreciate the growth, the change, and lessons in being present.

I have had this quote posted on my computer for the past year, and it reminds me to let go of the past, of the person I was before I had to say goodbye to Nikki.

So now I am here, present in this moment and appreciative of the new life that I have built from the shattered pieces. “And this is what I learned: You can be shattered and then you can put yourself back together piece by piece. But what can happen over time is this: You wake up one day and realize that you have put yourself back together completely differently. That you are whole, finally, and strong – but you are now a different shape, a different size. This sort of change — the change that occurs when you sit inside your own pain — it’s revolutionary. When you let yourself die, there is suddenly one day: new life. You are Different. New. And no matter how hard you try, you simply cannot fit into your old life anymore. You are like a snake trying to fit into old, dead skin, or a butterfly trying to crawl back into the cocoon, or new wine trying to pour itself back into an old wineskin. This new you is equal parts undeniable and terrifying. Because you just do not fit. And suddenly you know that. And you have become a woman who doesn’t ignore her knowing. Who doesn’t pretend she doesn’t know. And because you never promised yourself an easy life, but you did promise yourself a true one.” -Glendon Doyle Melton

"When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” ― Brené Brown

I know this can be so hard for some of us...especially during times of hardship, or times of loss. We can be let down by the people around us. Family and friends can do their best to help, but sometimes leave because they don't know what to say....or end up saying the wrong things altogether.

I know it is hard. But you have to let them go. You have to forgive them...as best you can. They did their best. YOU did your best.

Forgive yourself for your anger. Forgive yourself for anything you "could have done differently". This is the hard stuff. The hard, painful work.

Move forward, and release the pain as best you can.

Because we are all doing our best. Every damn day.

#griefjourney #bebrave #healing

Grief, overwhelm... or just any time life hits you broadside, can make you want to retreat.

It can feel so much safer to hide, or to isolate ourselves. To become so small that we are no longer seen. To be so small that maybe it will keep the pain at bay.

Yet, this can only make the loneliness worse.

You must try to remember how beautifully powerful you are. Even when you feel broken.

Our broken pieces can be our strength and the pathway to our wholeness.

No more living small. It is time to try to find a new way to embrace how brave and big your life can be. xoxo

My heart is with everyone today ❤️ #911 #neverforget

What are you doing today to be kind to yourself?

My loves ❤️

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