This was my first winter in Seattle. One of the rainiest cities in America had its rainiest winter on record. I eagerly await springtime and sunlight to pierce my flat mood and the numbing grey Seattle sky. But nature has its own schedule. So a few of my friends and I came up with a list of 131 ideas we could use to get a head-start on spring.
But I am not alone. On average, one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds. This means that each year there are over a million families, like ours, living with the aftershocks of suicide. My experience has taught me a few lessons that I feel compelled to share, in the hope that shining a light on this darkness brings an opportunity for understanding.
As I work my way through starting over at 70, there are moments where I'd like nothing better than to curl up in a ball clutching a pint of Ben & Jerry's. And every so often I do. But most of the time, I work to shift back to a positive place. Here are three things that I do that I've picked up by watching happy, fulfilled women: