how i do grief, and my serious mad girl crush on Jeanette LeBlanc

This touched little pieces of me. Pieces I have tucked away out of sight and out of reach. Pieces that came out as I read this piece and pieces that are now splattered over my carpet floor asking me “How do we get back up?” You see, because in an attempt to “seem okay” we tend to cover up our scars, hide our emotions and put on those life proof masks I’ve been talking about… But here you have it, be witness to the courageous, the brave, the raw and the gorgeous soul that is Melissa Dodson as she describes how one of my favorite writers (I also have a serious mad girl crush on Jeanette) helped her face her grief and get back up… This is the beauty that stems from vulnerability, from honesty, from truth.

Grief. Pain. Disillusion. Disappointment. These are a part of Life. We all go through it at some point in time. But how do we survive? With Grace. With Compassion. With Gratitude for the Experience. With Kindness and with our Tribe… With gorgeous and gentle kindred spirits to learn from, lean on, laugh with, cry with, they are there with us for the falling apart and they celebrate us as we rise again. Here’s to breakdowns and breakthroughs.

Breathe in. Breathe out. Live.


I have a little grief gremlin in my head, he moved in at 3am PST on March 25, 2014….he took up residence while my mama was taking her last breath here on this earth and my heart cracked wide open and a huge gaping hole knocked my world off it’s axis.

My little grief gremlin was sitting on my shoulder this morning as I was about to read a blogpost by Jeanette LeBlanc of {}. Her blog is one of my favorites. I absolutely love Jeanette LeBlanc. Like, serious mad girl crush LOVE her. She and her blog were one of my inspirations for starting my own blog. And I always like/love/am inspired by pretty much anything she posts/writes/breathes. Today she re-posted an article called ‘115 ways to heal your own broken open heart, self care for the times you need it most’. (

I read it, because I always read her…

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2 thoughts on “how i do grief, and my serious mad girl crush on Jeanette LeBlanc

  1. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece, and thanks, too for your comments. Since i had someone die every six years from when i was born, and not allowed to talk about or grieve, by 75 and my Grandmother’s death, moved into a deep dark wanna die depression and had several after that. Between normal society that says don’t talk about it, be happy, be tough and the New Age keep your vibrations high for law of attraction group, we’ve been pummeled into denial and that is the sickest place to be.

    My true healing started when I moved into allowing what is and that is what i share with my clients in my healing practice, too. Energy needs to move, it is when it gets stuck that it wrecks havoc on our lives and on our soul.

    Thanks again for sharing this!

    1. Thank you for your comment Katelon! I was as humbled as you when I came across this post. It helped me break down walls and open up to my sensitivity, my vulnerability and my deep buried grief. I’ve experienced loss in a series of ways and I haven’t really let myself feel it. There should be more spaces like this allowing people to open up and share our truest feelings, the good is great, but the bad and the ugly also exist and if you’ve got some on your plate, expose it, because denying it or ignoring it are survival techniques and most of us soul warriors are world class professionals at surviving. However, from now on, I want to aim to do more than survive, I’m aiming to thrive and I hope I can encourage others to do the same.

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