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Trina Hayes is the author of " Attracted to ADDICTS? Break the Patterns of Codependent, Unhealthy Relationships" and "Just Love Her: A Mother’s Journey of Healing Through Her Daughter’s Drug Addiction."

Author and inspirational leader, Trina Hayes has traveled a long and difficult road toward healing and learning to love herself. Now, by sharing her story she brings that lesson to others who are ready to embark on a similar journey.

Born and raised in a small farming village in Hope, on the south coast of the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, Hayes enjoyed visiting the elderly, listening to their stories, when she was a little girl and dreamed of being a writer and a speaker. From a very early age she understood the importance of relationships.

Her path has taken her to university in Montreal, a kibbutz in Israel, research in Australia, an international housing conference in China, a marketing career in the United Kingdom and a year in Canada’s Arctic as Director of Mental Health, Wellness and Addiction. There she built bridges between various departments within the government and communities across the north.

She has been fascinated with people and how and why they develop their social networks for more than 25 years. During the writing of her masters’ thesis she studied elderly women and how their social networks impacted their decision about remaining in their own homes or moving in to long term care facilities.

Throughout her life she has taken the time to listen to people and get to know them on a personal level. The one thing she says we all have in common throughout the world is that we want to love and be loved. She believes that as one person is healed and learns to love themselves, that person then represents healing for others. Through sharing our stories we can promote more healing and ultimately more love in
the world.

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Entries by Trina Hayes

Daddy's Arms

(1) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Daddy I want to say thank you for being the best dad
I know I made you happy and at times I made you sad.
Daddy you are the very best dad a girl could ask for.
Thanks for welcoming me home and opening your door.
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Missing You, Mom, as I Hang Out a Load of Laundry

(1) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 9:00 AM

One of my fondest memories growing up was when my mom brought in a load of laundry from the clothesline in the coldest part of winter. You see, I was raised on the Gaspe Peninsula in Eastern Quebec, on the Chaleur Bay, and there were times when it was consistently...

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Are You Listening to Your Heart?

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 12:24 PM

I had never really given this question any thought until this week when I got a call saying that my brother, 56 years of age, had suffered a heart attack. A couple of years ago my father had open-heart surgery at 76 years of age, and my grandfather died of...

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This Mother's Day I Say Thank You to My Children for Choosing Me to Be Their Mom

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2013 | 1:02 PM

This mother's day I would like to say thank you to my children, Sean and Angie, for allowing me to grow into the person I have become today. I find that so often we think about mothers as being the ones who set the standards, who lead the way, who...

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Addiction: A Spiritual (Love) Void

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 8:01 AM

The more that I am surrounded by addiction the more I am reminded of the words of my daughter's counselor from treatment and they were "all addiction is a spiritual void." When I first heard those words, I couldn't quite get my head around them, or, shall I say, I...

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Love Is Being Present in Pain

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2011 | 2:15 PM

Recently, I lost a friend my age (48) to cancer, and as I was reflecting upon the family and friends that I have lost over the years, I was reminded of the times that I was or was not able to be present in their pain. I realize I did...

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Guilt: Is It Holding You Back?

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 6:19 PM

"You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew."
--Albert Einstein

Have you ever stopped to think about why you are holding on to guilt that can sometimes drive you crazy? What do you do when you start...

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Surrounded by Addiction: An Opportunity to Open Your Heart to Unconditional Love

(9) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 11:39 AM

You are probably reading and re-reading the title, wondering how I could possibly put all these words in one sentence, however, this has been my experience with addiction. When I go back to my childhood, I now realize how I have been surrounded by addiction my entire life. Then again,...

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Hope for Healing: Personal Reflections of 9-11 (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 1:47 PM

Saturday was September 11, 2010 and of course, the first thing that comes to mind for almost anyone is the tragic events of the twin towers coming down in New York City as well as the planes crashing into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and in Shanksville, PA. However, I...

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HOPE for the Children: God's Gift to Parents

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 4:56 PM

I can hardly believe I wrote this poem 18 years ago. Sean will be 25-years of age in two days and in two months, Angie will be 24-years of age. They are truly my Gifts from God and I am grateful for each moment I share with them whether it...

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Forgiveness Is a Personal Journey

(1) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 10:00 AM

I just came home from seeing the movie "Eat, Pray Love," written by Elizabeth Gilbert, starring Julia Roberts. This is not a movie review, but rather a thought that I would like to discuss that was prompted by one sentence in the movie. It was when Liz was talking to...

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Have You Thought About Your Journey?

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 7:00 AM

Finally, I feel as though it is MY time. I remember as a little girl questioning, I think, almost everything. It must have been exhausting for my mother and everyone around me to have me ask the same questions over and over again. I would ask questions such as: "Mom,...

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