Awaken Into Life Blog

How I Found My Way out of Grief

I haven’t been journaling so much lately.  I just haven’t felt like it.  I keep asking myself, “why?”  Well the truth is, after three years of trying to pull myself out of deep grief and the further feelings of loss and despair that come with closing a business, I have finally felt a shift happening.

I typically write in my journal to process sadness or heartbreak or difficult situations.  A  deep feeling of contentment and peace has been with me the last few weeks.  A feeling that all is as it’s supposed to be.  I have relaxed into the moment.  I am trusting what is.  My season of grief is over.  I have grown.  I have evolved.  This transition process was often dark.  I could always see a pinpoint of light in the distance but sometimes wondered when or how I would emerge fully into the light again.  Read more…

Seasons of Change Retreat Series

Seasons of Change Mini Retreat Series
*Receive the Wisdom of Nature as you
Navigate Life Transitions* 

DateSaturday, Oct. 13, 10:00am – 1:00pm
LocationTwo Sisters Healing Arts & Wellness Center
146 Fairpoint Rd., Mill Hall Pa  17751
Facilitator:  Trisha Rockwell, SOC Certified Coach



Change is inevitable.  It may come to us intentionally or it may be unexpected.  Whether we realize it or not, we are always in a cycle of transformation.  How we progress through change can affect our level of contentment.  Read more…

How to Plan a Blessingway

Last summer I honored my sister friend with a Blessingway.  Perhaps you are familiar with this beautiful way to honor a new mom-to-be  but I had never heard of it until a few months before. It’s a ceremony to show the new mom that she has a circle of women around her and they are supporting her as she prepares for the birth of not only this beautiful child, but a new woman… a mother.

It was my first time planning a ceremony like this so I kept it simple and drew inspiration from a wonderful guide:  Mother Rising by Cortlund, Lucke & Watelet.  I took into consideration the values and beliefs of the mother-to-be while putting it together.  The ceremony took about 4 hours.  This is how we did it:  Read more…

True Friendship is…

According to my 2012 calendar, August 5th is International Friendship Day.  A quick online search shows that perhaps that date is wrong and it was last Sunday but I’m going to celebrate it anyways.

I sometimes find myself hanging back in developing close friendships with women because, well because… sometimes friendships hurt.  I have learned too that there is nothing like knowing you have friends who are there for you unconditionally.  So I started making a list of what I appreciate most about my closest friends and family.

(Written with humor and love.  After all, isn’t laughter one of the best parts of real friendship?)

True Friendship is…  Read more…

Retreat Bliss: Taking my family along for the ride.

I LOVE retreats!  I love planning them.  I love going on them.  I love learning how to facilitate them.  Whether it’s a self-imposed 15 minute break in nature or a weekend away to relax and learn.  I find tremendous peace in taking time for myself.

In the past, my least favorite way to retreat was when I attempted to “retreat” with my family.  After returning from a “relaxing” family vacation, I would feel like a I needed to go on another vacation by myself just to de-stress.  Something changed recently though when we decided we’d make an impromptu road trip and do some tent camping.  I’ve been traveling to Watkins Glen for almost 20 years with my husband Tom.  It has always felt like such a sacred place to me.  There is an incredible energy in walking the path of the gorge, through this crevice in the mountain that used to be connected.  There are gentle waterfalls that spill over your head as you climb the steps.

Even driving into the town of Watkins Glen and catching glimpses of Seneca Lake in the distance makes me feel all tingly inside.  My mom says my experience could be summed up as a “gorge-gasm”.  And she might be right.  Read more…