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The Empty Chair

You stand in a room full of the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays. Love and gratitude are the theme and memories flood in faster than you can process them. Sights Sounds Smells It’s all so much, and you are so tired at the depths of your soul. Grief is exhausting and the holidays are daunting. The people in …

How His Proposal Felt – Loving After Loss

December 22…. Five years ago tonight, by a quiet fireplace he looked deep into my eyes and asked me to be his wife. He was well aware of my journey thus far, my pain, my heartache, my young children, his children, my PTSD, the walls I’d built around my heart and my willingness, to this point, to open myself up …

Building Resiliency in Kids After Loss

The single hardest thing for me to accept on that fateful night after being told of his plane crash, where the many thoughts and fears that surrounded the lives of our small children. How would they survive without him?How would they ever be whole and happy again?How badly would they hurt for the rest of their life?Would they still be …

Chocolate Chia & Berry Breakfast Pudding

This is so tasty and as easy as it comes. I prep it the night before and throw all the ingredients together and mix well (I blend in my Vitamix). Enjoy!!! Ingredients 1 cup of Almond, Coconut, or Cashew Milk 2 TBSP of Chia Seeds 1 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract 2 tsp Coconut Sugar 1 TBSP Cacao Powder Optional …

Surviving The Holidays: 12 Tips For The Grieving

My late husband passed away in early October 2009, and within two weeks I dealt with my daughter’s third birthday. Six weeks after that was our first Thanksgiving without Mitch, and a month later, Christmas. Wow, talk about being hit with an emotional sledgehammer. The holidays are hard on people even without the added pain of grief. Please know, there …

Yummy Raw Veggie Salad

My raw dinner… For 2018, I’ve been eating more veggies and more raw food to better my health. ❤️ Tonight’s raw dinner was so yummy I thought I’d share with all of you! Simple, full fiber (so very filling), and extremely delicious. Ingredients (all raw) Spiralized Zucchini Broccoli Cucumber Tomato ? Asparagus Pine Nuts  Sunflower seeds Chopped almonds  DressingAvocado Olive oilMinced garlic Salt and Pepper For the dressing, I do …

The Man That Came After

You were not in the plan. My story did not write the way I penned it. I penned happily ever after. I composed the fairytale ending with the same man I married at 27 in a seaside chapel on the Big Island of Hawaii. I penned one man, one love, and one life. My pen stopped working at 36, and …

Stifled Grief: How The West Has It Wrong

The reality is you will grieve in some capacity for the rest of your life. Once loss touches you-you are forever changed despite what society tells you. Stop looking at the expectations of an emotionally numbed society as your threshold and measuring stick for success.By Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, ContributorOne Fit Widow After nearly seven years of personal experience surrounding loss, I …

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Michelle’s 5 Minute Banana Pancakes

Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 4 eggs (or 6 egg whites) 2 tablespoons Peanut Butter or Almond butter/Sun Butter Dash vanilla Dash Cinnamon Optional cup of oatmeal uncooked Optional scoop or two of your favorite protein.  Mix all the ingredients in a blender and cook. Fantastic crepe consistency and so sweet you don’t even need syrup.

5 Easy Tips for When Your Soul Is Tired

In 2018 I felt like someone, or something had taken all my inner light, my energy, my fire and fight and hid it from me. It was difficult for me to come to terms with, typically I have a strong desire to fight for myself and my purpose in the world. When that desire fades, it hurts more than just …