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Starting Over in Life, Grief

Grief forces us to start over. It forces a huge start over. And then there are the smaller start overs in life. That’s where I am today.

It’s scary. It’s uncertain. Starting over also is full of possibilities. Full of new opportunities. Full of growth.

I invite you to come with me. For the past few months, I’ve been preparing for a start over that will impact our relationship here. And this week, I am launching. (Update: Another delay! I found someone to help with the techie stuff, but must wait for his schedule to clear.)

It’s scary. Uncertain. But also full of opportunities for growth.

I will be redoing my website and blog over the next few days. You may continue to see changes through next week. I’m not a techie, but if everything goes as planned, I’ll be taking you with me. All followers will be transferred to the new website.

“Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting over from scratch. You’re starting from experience.”

Lacey johnson, author

Note: The website address will not change. You still will find me at

I began the website in the fall of 2016. You will see a new, user-friendly design. You will see more useful, inspirational content.

Back to grief: For a while, we sit with our grief. We struggle within its waves. We’re cast about in its storms.

Over time, we become expert seafarers. We nudge ourselves. We set out. We aren’t as afraid. We know how to navigate the ferocity of the sea. And exactly how to make it back to calm waters.

Author and licensed psychologist Thema Bryant-Davis advises: “After you grieve what could have been, prepare for what can be.”

You may be sitting today. And that’s okay. You are in survival mode. Or you may be feeling it’s time to try something new or something you abandoned during the illness or after the death of a loved one.

Take your time. And then, when you are ready, begin to rebuild your life. Start over.

A former colleague and friend, Lacey Johnson, recently shared something about starting over that was such an inspiration to me. It scratched me at my itch. I hope it will inspire and encourage you, too.

“Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time, you’re not starting from scratch. You’re starting from experience.” ~ Lacey Johnson

Take 60 seconds now and let me know what you like about the current website and blog and what you’d like to see added or improved upon. Thank you in advance.

 Copyright © 2021 by Toni Lepeska. All rights reserved.

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