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Life and Living After Loss

The sixth (and most newly recognized) stage of grief is finding meaning from loss.  I have cycled through all of the stages of grief, many times over, since Bella left this world. I still really miss her and I always will. …Do you know what Bella taught me in all of this? The meaning I […]

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Remaking of Life

“Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is remaking of life.” And so began this project for my sweet girl. I promised Bella I would bring her home to our garden, and I wanted something to commemorate her that would last my lifetime and beyond. I had considered marble as an […]

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Happy Birthday in Heaven and on Earth

Today is Sammy and Bella’s 11th birthday. They were born November 14, 2010 to an outside mama cat, rescued by Sheny, a friend and fellow shelter volunteer for Happy Tails Pet Rescue. 2 boys and 2 girls. Today we celebrate the birthday of the 2 girls in heaven, my sweet Bella and her sister, Luna […]

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6 Weeks and a Lifetime

To say the last 6 weeks have been hard would be an understatement. For those that read my tribute to Bella, followed by her journey from this world, you can imagine why. Bella wasn’t just a cat. She was a furry friend. She was my best friend. She was family. She was my loyal companion […]

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Bella Colella
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What Really Matters

Nothing makes you realize what doesn’t matter, when it becomes so clear to you what does. I started chronicling my Bella’s kidney journey in late July. I thought it was important for everyone to be aware of how quickly things can change and how important it is to trust your gut. And still, even if […]

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Bella Colella

My sweetest Bella, we have had an exceptional relationship. One that I could never fully describe and could never be fully understood unless someone knew that it’s possible to love an animal just as much as a human. You were and will forever be my best girl friend in the world. There’s no need to […]

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Life | Work

Does Vacation Just Mean Away from Home?

This post is a bit of a continuation of my last one. And here I shall leave it, to avoid a tone of complaint. If anything strikes you as a first world problem, this should certainly be it. I live a good life. A great life even. This I can’t and won’t debate. So why […]

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Life | Work

Work to Travel or Travel to Work?

One of my favorite things about working for myself is that I can set my own schedule. Typically, I have a tremendous amount of flexibility – though some of that does depend on the type of consulting engagement. Over the last year, I’ve ended up taking on more roles than projects, so that creates a […]

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Life is Funny

Recently I had a bit of a health scare. There are similar health problems that run in my family, so there were a couple of months of good old-fashioned worry. Unsurprisingly, sometimes paranoia can get the best of you. So you may be wondering, what about that would make me say life is funny?! Occasionally […]

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I'll Be Happy When
Life

I’ll Be Happy When…

It’s easy to say ”I’ll be happy when… ” What’s not as easy is staying glad once that “when” comes. In the past year, every one of us has said, “I’ll be happy when this pandemic is over.” The pandemic is taking its toll in a number of ways. Or perhaps you’ll be happy when […]

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