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149 Virginia Simpson

Virginia looked death in the face, when she nearly lost her spouse. She also started experiencing challenges with her eyesight. Virginia realized that not being to see well helps her see better with her heart. These experiences were opportunities for their growth and for finding more joy in their lives. Virginia shares the following nuggets of life wisdom, which are so applicable in this current time:
– be fully alive and present
– be real
– whatever you’re going through, look for the gift in it
– find that place of joy or kernel of gratitude
– out of desperation, we often find gratitude
– gratitude is the vine that helps you climb out of the cave
– those who have the least, then to be the most grateful
– life is wondrous
– the darker it is, that’s when you can see the stars
– life gives us lessons
– find a way to work with the trauma, your body and your spirit
– embrace each day with as much joy as possible

Virginia A. Simpson, PhD, FT is a bereavement care specialist and the Executive Counseling Director for hundreds of funeral homes throughout the United States and Canada. She is the founder of The Mourning Star Center for grieving children and their families, which she ran from 1995 to 2005. She is the author of the memoir The Space Between (She Writes Press, April 2016) about her years as her mother’s caregiver and the journey to heal their relationship before her mother’s death. Simpson has appeared on numerous television and radio programs. She holds a Fellowship in Thanatology from the Association for Death Education & Counseling (ADEC), and has been honored for her work by the cities of Indian Wells, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, and Rancho Mirage. She lives in El Dorado Hills, California with her husband Bob and golden retriever Shelby.

https://virginiaasimpson.com/ 

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148 Ilene English

Ilene lost her mother and sister. Events outside of her control affected her life. Ilene struggled as a single mother on welfare. Then, she began to go on a journey of who she is and what matters to her. Ilene learned that she is resilient, has life skills and experiences. Her self compassion grew, she became proud of herself and recognized that she has wisdom to share with others. Today, as a therapist, Ilene helps those that are trying to figure out who they are. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– be present
– you can get through it with a bigger heart and wisdom
– learning how to deal with loss and grief brings humility and gratitude
– start writing your story
– seeing the difference between feelings and reality can be liberating
– thoughts and feelings are not the same
– have the courage to put one foot in front of the other
– ask for help
– reach out and lend a hand to someone that is struggling

Ilene was an early psychedelic pioneer, experimenting with LSD during a time when it was still legal, and its effects not yet fully comprehended. During the early sixties, she, along with an entire community of fellow trippers, innocently thought that they could change the world into one that valued love over materialism, particularly though the use of psychedelic drugs.

Years later, Ilene is now a licensed psychotherapist. She helps people reunite with their innate wisdom, so they can experience more of the love, connection and happiness that she believes is every human’s birthright. She helps people develop a deep knowing of who they are and what they stand for.

Her book “Hippie Chick, Coming of Age in the 60s” is her discovery about herself and life, and her journey to become who she is today. She is happy to connect with readers.

https://www.hippiechickmemoir.com/ 
https://www.therapygroups.com/ 

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147 Christine Ristaino

Christine was molested by a family member. She was also attacked and beaten up by a stranger. Christine never talked about these things, as she felt shame and experienced low self esteem. She didn’t trust her own voice. Then, Christine’s place in the world shifted. Getting her story out there really made the difference. Today, Christine feels empowered. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– be mindful of the shame that you may feel
– trust your inner voice
– speak from your truth
– survivors go at their own speed
– start loving yourself
– start small
– voice how you feel
– listen to your body and your heart
– awaken yourself again
– treat yourself as a best friend

https://www.christineristaino.com/ 

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