What Not to Say to Struggling Loved Ones during the Holidays

Bethany O

One perk of being from a large family and having no control over my tear ducts is that I am the lucky recipient of a lot of advice.

I also have a lot of data for studying how people respond to my pain.

On one remarkable occasion of untimely tear ducts, my eyelids started leaking just when 30ish family members gathered around two 50th birthday cakes to sing a little diddy to two special birthday girls. Continue Reading, Light-Catcher! »

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  • Karen Lindsay - How is it that every time I read your posts, it seems its exactly what I needed to hear. I love you dear Bethany.ReplyCancel

Lift the Rudder, Magellan.

Sometimes life feels chaotic, overwhelming, yes?  I’ve been hearing this from a lot of people lately, most namely from my own brain.

Just wanted to share a few concepts that are helping me on this front. Continue Reading, Light-Catcher! »

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  • Julie Scheel - Thanks! The video is worth every minute. Then take some time for that stillness. It is so worth it!ReplyCancel

  • Elin Zaikowski Murphy - Great insight Beth! You might also enjoy reading Eckhart Tolle’a book A New Earth which talks a lot about the power of the present and the ego. ReplyCancel

To Be Happy.

When I woke up a few weeks ago, words had been written on my arm.

A couple hours later, I used my body like a lever to throw a man over my shoulder, twisting his arm and reveling in the satisfying thud of his body hitting the ground.

I threw him because of the words on my arm.

Let’s back it up.

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  • Barbi Beyer - Gritty, real, raw, true, honest. I can always count on my friend BethanyO to lay it out there and be the voice of all of us, who don’t want to bear those dirty little secrets about the darkness and lightness of our shared humanity! Check out her blog posts to catch more of her light. You won’t be sorry! http://www.bethanyo.com/about/ ReplyCancel

  • Barbi Beyer - Gritty, real, raw, true, honest. I can always count on my friend BethanyO to lay it out there and be the voice of all of us, who don’t want to bear those dirty little secrets about the darkness and lightness of our shared humanity! Check out her blog posts to catch more of her light. You won’t be sorry! http://www.bethanyo.com/about/ ReplyCancel

  • Julie Ostiguy - Oh Bethany…..I have sooooo been there! Get that anger out! Let the sadness and tears come! Be the perfectly, imperfect, beautiful human being you are! Lots of self care and self love during this retreat. I will be here when you get back……I think we are overdue for another coffee date. My treat. xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Julie Scheel - I’m sending you a hug right now. Got it?ReplyCancel

  • Stefany Reed - girlll….whatever it is…if you need me, call me!! xoxoxo
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