“Overwhelmed and Bittersweet”

“Overwhelmed and bittersweet” are two words that have been in my vocabulary these last few weeks and there’s a good reason as to why.

My parents are moving out of our childhood home and I’ve been spending much of my weekends and days after work packing them up and selling their furniture. It’s bittersweet finding so many memories of my childhood and selling off furniture that we all spent time around as a family. The packing can be overwhelming and it’s bittersweet in knowing that this house was our connection to the Jersey Shore. 

I will be leaving my job at the end of this month and have decided to spend a few months in Delaware to promote my new book and write the sequel. In addition to that I will continue working with the publisher on the final edits for my new novel, “The Mind of a Heart ” which should be ready for release in the next few weeks.  I’m also working on creating a weekly podcast and motivational/inspirational virtual group.  

I’m okay with all these changes but they do mean that I will be moving away from my beloved Jersey Shore in May. I’ve lived here all of my life and can’t imagine being so far away from the beach and the local towns that I love but it’s time for change. These changes are overwhelming at times and most definitely bittersweet.

I have to remind myself to enjoy what time I have left at the Jersey Shore and focus on the excitement of the next chapter in my life. 

And I am very excited about where this next adventure will take me.

I’m saying goodbye to feeling overwhelmed and hello to feeling grateful for the “bittersweet” because that means that it all meant the world to me.

And for that I am grateful.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Happy 1st Day Of Spring!”

Happy First Day of Spring! It’s a beauty of a day here at the Jersey Shore.

And as I sit in gratitude today and every day, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine and for anyone else who needs them today.

Enjoy your day!

Sending lots of love your way!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Last Day Of Being 60”

I stopped down at the beach before work this morning. It was absolutely beautiful, as always, and I thought about how grateful I am for this life of mine.

And I couldn’t help but think that this was the perfect way to spend my last day as “60” and the perfect way to get ready for my next trip around the sun tomorrow.

I’m truly grateful for my life, no matter what it’s handed me.

My prayer is to take each year around the sun that I’m gifted to have and do whatever I can to change someone’s life for the better and to help make this world a better place.

And my prayers every day are for peace for all of us.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“To The People of Ukraine”

Dear People of Ukraine,

It breaks my heart at what all of you have to endure, what you’re living through right now and for those of you who have lost loved ones and friends. You’re all on my mind and tucked tightly in my heart.

Yet in the midst of the ugliness it warms my heart and gives me hope to see the entire world standing behind you, sending prayers, love and support. You are an amazing group of people who are doing what you can to stand strong through the ugliness happening all around you and even with all that you’re going through, you’re filled with gratitude for all of us showing you our support. I’m truly humbled by that.

I’m one person yet I’ll do whatever it takes as “one” person to show my support, to send my love, and to keep you in my prayers.

I can use my words through my writing to share your stories with others.

I can use my voice so that others may hear what they can do to help you.

And I can use my time to pray for your safety and for peace for you and the world.

We need to stand together so that we can stand behind all of you in Ukraine.

We need to speak out together so that the world knows that there’s strength in numbers.

We need to pray together because there’s strength when one or more pray together.

I truly believe that together we can heal this world.

You’re in my heart, Ukraine, and I’m keeping each and every one of you tight in my prayers.

With all my love,

~Anne~

“Prayers For Ukraine”

The world has been through so much in the last few years and now we’ve got even more going on in the world. It all makes my heart hurt and I feel helpless.

I’m one person who tries to change the world for the better, yet Ukraine is a bit of a stretch.

But we can give it our best to make a difference, and as I believe, we can make that difference together.

Let’s join together in sending prayers, love and light to Ukraine and to the world.

Let’s light a white candle each night to remember those that are in harm’s way.

And let’s live each day loving those in our lives, loving the world, and loving ourselves so that we can be our best sense of self to help others.

And let’s be grateful for all of it.

Prayers for Ukraine.

Prayers for the world.

Prayers for all of us.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“8 Year Breast Cancer Survivor”

I’m grateful for every day that I wake up yet I’m especially grateful for this day. Today I woke up as an 8 year breast cancer survivor and I have to say, it feels wonderful! I am filled with gratitude for my life and the people in it who have supported me throughout my journey and who still support me throughout my adventures.

The kids aren’t around to celebrate this milestone with me but my Noah did something special for me all the way from Hawaii. They ordered the most delicious, homemade bagels from their friend, Maggie, the “Bagel Bandita,” who lives here at the Jersey Shore.

What a beautiful surprise when the “Bagel Bandita” showed up at my work with a dozen bagels!

Thank you, Noah, for being “you” and remembering me on this very important day.

And just like that, I’m an 8 year breast cancer survivor!

Here’s to the beginning of the countdown to next year!

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“That Oneness Guy” Interview with Anne Dennish

Danny Rongo, “That Oneness Guy” asked me to kick off the fifth season of his podcast and I was thrilled to do it! We had a great time doing this interview as we talked about my books, my breast cancer and how we both keep a positive outlook on life. If you’re looking for some encouragement, motivation and inspiration, take a listen.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“When Mother Nature Smiles On The Jersey Shore In Winter”

Every so often Mother Nature smiles down on the Jersey Shore in the middle of winter and gifts us with a springlike day. The temperatures were well into the 60’s, baby blue skies and plenty of sunshine! And what do all us locals do when we wake up to such a day? We head to the boardwalk and walk the beach.

Yesterday we took off before noon and strolled down the boardwalk into one of my favorite towns, Asbury Park. We had lunch at the Seahorse, which is located in Convention Hall, complete with live music. We were surrounded by many vendors at the Valentine’s Market inside the Grand Arcade. It was the perfect day!

It seemed as though everyone was on the boardwalk, sitting on the beach, or strolling through the town. What a breath of fresh air in the middle of winter to be outside without a coat and hat, just a hoodie.

It was a wonderful surprise to have a day like that in the middle of winter but it was no surprise to wake up this morning to freezing temperatures, gray skies and light snow.

Life at the Jersey Shore is always interesting. 

And I’m grateful to live here.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Life Is Always Changing”

Life is changing, I can feel it to my toes and it’s happening quickly. There are days that I have to remind myself to breathe, that it’s all happening just as it should.

And experience has taught me throughout the years that it always is happening as it should.

I’m so excited about my new book and am praying that it brings the changes in my life that I want, perhaps even need. 

So each day I wake up I’m grateful.

Each day that I wake up I try to do better.

Each day that I wake up I try to do what it takes to turn my dreams into my reality.

And each day that I wake up I remind myself to keep moving forward and never give up on my dreams. 

Life is always changing.

Dreams can be turned into reality.

And each day is a chance to do it better than the day before.

Keep moving forward, no matter how difficult the path may be that day.


Everything is happening just as it should.

You have to believe.

And you have to have faith.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Can You Taste The Love?”

I remember when my oldest was about two years old and eating some of my home baked cookies. I asked him, “ Can you taste all the love I put in there?”

To which he replied, “I can! You put a lot of love in there.”

And so began the phrase of “I can taste the love” from all five of my children with every meal I made or cookies and cakes that I baked. 

There were times when I made their favorite food that they would say, “You put extra love in this! I can taste it!”

I was reminded of this precious tradition that began over 30 years ago when I spoke with my Noah last night. They asked me if I still had my old Better Homes and Garden Cookbook (which I do!) and could I send them a screenshot of the banana bread recipe. I told them that I would and I did.

Such a simple thing yet one that is so precious.

I can still see those sweet little faces eating a chocolate chip cookie, the chocolate all over their mouths saying “I can taste the love!”

And you know what? I always did put the love in whatever I made for them to eat, no matter their age. It meant so much to me to see how happy that made them and I hope someday they’ll understand that it made me even happier.

Once in a while there are those rare moments as adults that they’ll still say that they “can taste the love.”

I texted Noah the banana bread recipe last night and reminded him to put the “love” in it.

And they said that they remembered that.

It was a “be still my heart” moment and I’m grateful for that.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~