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Why It’s Essential to Talk about Grief and Loss (Plus My Link Round-up)

My step-dad, Mahlon; photographer unknown.
My step-dad, Mahlon; photographer unknown.

{Every week, I share a round-up of happy links because these resources have inspired me to make positive changes in my life. I hope they motivate and inspire you, too! Enjoy.

Last week, I spent time at Starbucks organizing my words and photos for my online journaling course. As I sipped on a tall Flat White, I decided to take a break from organizing and read a few essays.

While I drank my coffee, I read the following brave and heartfelt posts:

- “Let the Wave Crash Over You: A Letter for My Brother” by Chris Guillebeau

- "The Way Through” by Jolie Guillebeau

- “Scott Dinsmore, I Miss You Deeply” by Leo Babauta.

These essays reminded me of what truly matters in my life, and they reminded me of my step-dad, Mahlon.

It's been over three years since Mahlon died, and my grief has changed as the years have passed. Today, I’m in a much better place emotionally, but I still miss Mahlon.

Missing Mahlon will never change. When I’m missing him or struggling with sadness or loneliness, I remind myself that I’m not alone.

Today, I want to remind you that you’re not alone. If you’re struggling with grief or loss, ask for help. Find a counselor, talk to your partner or a close friend, write in your journal, or find solace in nature.

As Brené Brown said, “We don't have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”

Now onto this week’s link round-up . . .

My friend Ethan wrote a helpful book called Tiny House Parking. If you’re thinking of buying or building a tiny house on wheels, this book is required reading.

I’m re-reading WomanCode. Here’s why.

This cat is adorable.

Awesome tips via Barry: “10 tips for using a bullet journal.”

Loved this: “A Hands Free Open Heart Weekend.” I also loved “Hands Free Life.”

And last but not least, I’ll be teaching my online journaling course—Write to Flourish—in October! When you register for the class, you’ll receive a free copy of my Everyday Adventures 2016 Planner. I hope you’ll join us for the upcoming session. Details here.

With gratitude,

Tammy

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