My Grief Journey...Through The Flood

I was still living, correction; I was existing in the house that Dave died in two years earlier. Although, my family was hoping I would move back to New Jersey where they lived but the thought of moving never even crossed my mind.
Remember, I was working way over 40 hours/week plus volunteering almost every weekend. #keepbusy #griefmyths

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Michele Woodall
My Grief Journey...It's not "just a pet" loss

Have you heard…”Well, it’s just a dog.” 

It’s certainly not “just a dog” loss for me and not for most of us. When you lose a pet you are losing a family member. And even though I’ve had several pets, one of the most difficult losses for me was when I had to make the difficult decision to put down my Australian Shepherd, Spinner, after 13 years together.  

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My Grief Journey...I Don't Have the Luxury of Grieving

As an athlete, my Dad loved all sports but baseball was his passion.  His goal was to be a professional pitcher but an injury ended that dream. The injury and the fact that he had only daughters didn’t stop him from playing sports. In fact, he would invite me, the oldest of his three girls, to play with him. I was like the son he didn’t have and I say that only because, if you know me, you know that I am not the athletic type. But I loved my Dad so it was a no brainer to play sports with and for him. 

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My Grief Journey...Continued With An Easting Disorder and Depression

After a wake up call with depression and an eating disorder, I went into full blown action. Also known as:  Keep busy! Really busy!

I married my high school sweetheart and the dream was that we would buy the house, have the family and live happily ever after. We bought the house, had the baby but a year later, I was divorced. Boy, I didn’t see that coming. One night he came home and said he didn’t want to be married anymore, just like a scene from a really bad movie.


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Hide and Seek..... It's Not Just For Kids

I can remember a time when I actually dreaded the weekends. The weekends seemed to shine a floodlight on what I had lost, so I would hide. During the week it was easier to avoid feeling the pain of the death of a loved one as I could distract (aka busy) myself with work and volunteering which was also a form of hiding.

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Coaches.....Turning Dreams Into Reality

Do you have a Bucket List? 

It’s not as morbid as it may seem. And I believe everyone should have one.

Times passes faster than we expect and before you know it, you are looking back over the years and thinking; “How did I miss it?”

I wish I had started my bucket list earlier in life. But recently, I was able to complete an item on my bucket list: To compete in a dance competition!

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“Happy” New Year?

To be honest, I haven’t been a fan of celebrating or even acknowledging New Year’s Eve for the longest time.  In fact, I did my best to avoid it!

 December 31st is a day when many people will go out and celebrate bringing in the New Year! And others are just trying to get through the day, feeling like there is nothing to look forward to.

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A Holiday is a Holiday is a Holiday

It all started when I spent one Fourth of July holiday alone. I remember thinking; “I’m sure everyone had great plans for today.” I imagined they were at cook outs, parades, firework displays, pools – anywhere that included other people and fun. But, when I spoke with my friend the next day, it turned out she didn’t have any plans either. We each assumed the other had plans.

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