New Beginnings


Life is a never ending path of twists and turns.  Just when you think you’ve figured it all out things change….life happens in ways you never imagined they could.  I am right in the middle of all of this as health issues consume my family and leave me as caregiver for my beloved husband as well as my parents.  I’m featuring photos from my own camera as well as my dear friend, Nancy Kirkpatrick, and other photographers whose work I love…life is in bloom…enjoy!

spring fever photography 2

I am going through grief therapy, trying to find anything to help me hang on and fight the fight. I have been very private about this.  This is why I have not been writing my blog for months now.  No words could express what I am truly dealing with.


Rebecca Louise Law

Today, I began a new journey.  I have connected with a wellness consultant, Carol O’Dell.  Carol is a friend, fellow author and has healed her own body having been caregiver to her mother who suffered from Alzheimer’s.  I’m looking forward to taking my health into my own hands.  We talked today about how I can tune into my body to find out what it wants me to do.


Gentleness is the order of the day.  My appetite has disappeared and I know, in order to be healthy, I have to address it before my health fails.  I am not a disease, I am a work in progress.


So join me, if you will, as I journal and blog about my work with Carol.  I expect it will be a very interesting time of self discovery and conscious eating.  I’m excited!  It’s one of the few things I have any control over.  Life is wonderful at all stages.  One has to embrace the “bad” with the good.  It’s all a challenge!  I look forward to sharing it all with you, my readers who have patiently waited for me to bring you into my new life.  A life I am determined to live….to grow….to love!  Because love, my friends, is all there is.

14 Responses

  1. Jeanne Henriques Says:

    Wishing you a healthy journey Melissa…you deserve it. Thinking of you in Sydney…xx

  2. Melissa Says:

    Thanks Jeanne! I have followed your wonderful blog for years. Your adventures and positive approach to life always inspire me!

  3. Marisa Franca @ All OUr Way Says:

    I will pray for your journey and I’ll be there following along with you! I know you will find the strength to heal and be happy.

  4. Melissa Says:

    Thank you Marisa!

  5. Harold Michael Harvey Says:

    Good to be receiving notices about your blog again.I wish health and wealth upon you.

  6. Melissa Says:

    It’s good to be writing again!

  7. Bonnie Del Rosal Says:

    Yes…you’re right…you never know what’s around the corner, what life will bring. The good news for your husband and parents is they have you…and you all have each other.
    You’ve always figured things out and “went for it” … you will find the strength you need to get through all that faces you now. You are taking amazing steps now by continuing your blog which is a great stress reliever, and seeking a holistic wellness program to heal your body and mind. Take one day at a time.
    BTW…Pegg Dodson and I were vacationing in Asheville last week when I read your post about your wonderful book being released…we’re so excited for you!
    I shared with Pegg how I just came across a folder a few months ago where years ago you and I exchanged stories about our special weeping willow trees. Do you remember that? And now your book is HERE for all to enjoy!
    You are in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to following your journey.
    All you need is LOVE…and girlfriend, you are surrounded by it! Embrace every bit as you also give it to those you care about.
    You’ve GOT THIS sister!

  8. Melissa Says:

    Bonnie, you are such a dear friend and, yes, I remember exchanging willow tree stories! I’m still working in that book. So happy you and Pegg had time together! Much love to you!

  9. peggy everett Says:

    Im with you with prayers and love…if anyone can do it you ca! You are the original “Fight Song”

  10. Melissa Says:

    Thank you Peggy. I am determined to rise above the challenges and be better than ever!

  11. Phil Morrison Says:

    Hi Melissa….I hope this original song(2 versions) will help to lift your spirits! Thoughts & prayers go out to you! phil

    “There’s Always A New Beginning”

  12. Melissa Says:

    Love you Phil and miss seeing you! I’ll enjoy your wonderful music always! Thank you!

  13. Susan Linehan Says:

    Melissa, I am so glad you are writing again. I was worried about you. It sounds like you are going through an awful lot. My thoughts are with you, and I hope things get better.

  14. Melissa Says:

    Thank you Susan. My daily work is to realize the courage the three family members I care for have to have in order to get through each day. It is a difficult time.

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