Renewal and fresh perspective

“Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal and transformation in our lives.”

 –Mary Ann Brussat

A personal note from Gail:  My apologies to all who patiently tried to open, and then re-open, last week’s blog post or visit my website,, which was intermittently disconnected. 

Like the name of my first book, To Hell and Back (…Healing Your Way Through Transition), I felt like I revisited some fiery times and came back with new perspective this Thanksgiving.  The four days of planned rest turned into being a nightmare of technical challenges, where I thought I lost a good deal of my writing, website content, and all of my subscribers, a database that has taken nine years to build.

To distract myself after working nearly 20 hours on the website server problems, I went to yoga, walked hours on Crane’s Beach enjoying unseasonably warm weather under gorgeous pink skies, played tennis and cried to a few friends, showing some of my deepest vulnerabilities. 

 Not only did I pamper myself, but I learned a lot about what feels comforting from others, and who can really be there emotionally (if not physically) through sharing my sense of despair and less-than-perfect self.  Those who offered kind follow-up calls or email check-ins touched me deeply.

 Additionally, the contrasts of challenges in others’  lives put my own angst in perspective.  As I was fretting over losing a good portion of my work, I learned a sweet neighbor had just given birth to a Down’s syndrome child who was on a respirator.  My “problems” suddenly seemed small. 

And, in truth, the professional gift I gained was new perspective on my time. I am now choosing to write my blog twice monthly versus every week.    Rather than whittle down the quality and eliminate the coaching I provide within my writing, I am opting to keep the depth but offer my blogs less frequently.

 Below is last week’s post again, for those who could not open it.  Little did I know then, that one of the people I thanked within– Donato Dandreo of– was the person who “saved” my website, blog and subscriber data base, when all others who tried could not.

 Enjoy (again or for the first time)! I’ll be back in two weeks.


Gathering in for the holidays

…with gratitude in sharing my journey

 “Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”

 –Katherine Dunham

 After sharing so much of my life through writing and the increased visibility I have received as a coach, I am drawing within this Thanksgiving.

 Rather than giving and sharing from the heart, which are the ways I feel most comfortable communicating, I am standing back for a while and listening, observing and accepting each moment before me—whether it’s a quiet walk on the beach or sitting in a roomful of friends toasting with gratitude our blessings of the year.

 I thank my children, clients, readers, friends and dates for their patience with me as I grew new wings, this past year in particular when I put myself on the line in many new ways. 

 And I am grateful for the support of those who technically made this dream blog of mine come true—Nancy Wolff Leary, Donato Dandreo, Marj Elliott, Beth Shedd and Beth Scanzani.  They say it takes a village to raise a child.  Well, this blog has become my baby, and it has taken a community to bring it to life.

 Happy Thanksgiving to all.  May you feel the blessings of your loved ones–and be grateful and show appreciation to those who touched your life. 

 Or, in the words, of John F. Kennedy: “As we express gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

(Author Unknown)


With gratitude,


 Beth Shedd’s photo of the candles on her Thanksgiving table reminds us to find soothing places where our light can shine and allow us to express our gratitude.



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  • Deb says:

    So thankful for you Gail and glad to hear that you made it through what does seem to be a mini-hell for someone who heals the world through her communication. Looking forward to many more of your insightful, inspiring posts. You are a gift!

  • Ava says:

    You go girl!

  • Lauren says:

    hope all the tech issues will be behind you so you can focus on your writing and coaching and enjoying all that makes you happy!

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