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“Good-Bye To My Childhood Home”

Two weeks ago my brother, sister and I gathered at our childhood home to say good-bye to it. We’d been packing up my parents house for months and the time to bid farewell was upon us. This was the house we grew up in and as my sister and I sat one afternoon in the living room, it suddenly hit us that this was our tie to the Jersey Shore and even though my parents were snowbirds, the grandkids always had a place to stop in the summer for a grilled cheese, to do laundry or just spend time with their grandparents. The same rings true for my brother and sister. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived at the shore all of my life so when they weren’t in Florida, they were home and I was close by. Yet time marches on, life changes and my parents will now be living in Florida full-time. It’s a big change for all of us because the only way we’ll see them now is to visit them there. 

It wasn’t easy going through all the things that my parents had saved, yet we certainly had a few laughs along the way. It was a time of remembering our youth and telling old stories. 

The same day that I moved from the Jersey Shore to Delaware was the same day I said good-bye to my parents and to my childhood home. Life will never be the same without this old house but it’s time for the next chapter and a new adventure for all of us. 

I love this picture below of the five of us. It’s the first time we’ve all been together in years and we certainly spent much of that time laughing! That’s how we said good-bye to our house on the boulevard. 

I know that the world is a troubled place right now and so much has happened in the last few days, but I also believe that even in the midst of it all, it’s important to remember the good times and to be grateful. Memories are a good distraction, if only for a brief moment or two, to bring us back to simpler, even happier times in our life. 

Hold onto the memories and embrace the next chapter with open arms.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

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“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~

“Through The Eyes Of A Child”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my life experiences is that more often than not, my children were right. They were right when I thought I was right. They were right when I thought they were wrong. They, as my children, could see things that I couldn’t, at least until time showed me just what it was that they could see.

“Through the eyes of a child…”

My children are all grown now yet I can look back and remember times that they had a strong opinion about a situation that I was in or about something I was doing. At the time I thought that they were just children, they couldn’t possibly know what I was going through.

But the truth is, as children they didn’t have to know.

As children they could see through their eyes of innocence.

As children they could feel that something was wrong for their mother.

As children they had a sixth sense, one that as I’ve grown older I wish I’d paid more attention to or listened to.

We often dismiss the opinions of our children simply because they are our children. I’ve learned through time and experience that that isn’t always true.

Sometimes our children see what we, as adults, can’t.

There are days that I wish I had listened to their opinion and feelings, yet if I do that I’d end up living a life of regret but instead just take my accountability that I was wrong.

There were so many times that I should have listened to them.

And for what it’s worth, I’m listening now.

And for those times I hope that they can forgive me.

I try not to regret those times but instead consider them a learning experience, a life lesson, if you will.

There are no perfect mothers or fathers but there are mothers and fathers that try their best.

And that’s what I’ve tried to do.

Sometimes my best wasn’t good enough yet it’s all in the past. As long as I’ve learned from it, that’s the best I can do.

I wish, as adults, we could see life “through the eyes of a child.”

But there’s always hope that we can still learn how.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“Stand With Ukraine”

Dear Beautiful People of Ukraine,

I can’t thank all of you enough for keeping me informed about how you’re doing in the midst of all this ugliness. Please know that I am keeping you tight in my prayers and thinking of all of you each and every day. I pray that this will end and that you will once again have peace in your lives and in your beautiful country.

You are in an incredibly strong group of people. Please don’t lose hope because you have my support and prayers as well as from so many people around the world.

We’re all thinking of you.

Love, light and prayers of hope, strength and peace are being sent to all of you.

With love,

~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~

“The Lady On The Corner”

You never know when you’re going to step into your next adventure.

A small group of us went out to dinner on Saturday night in Asbury Park. The dinner was over the top delicious and the company was even better. I couldn’t have planned a more perfect evening.

After dinner we walked across the street to a very cool store called “The Severed Wing.” As I walked to the back of the shop there she was, a woman that I’ve seen on social media known as “the lady on the corner.”

And she is “the lady on the corner,” an interesting person who I was grateful to have met and happy that she snapped this picture of us. She has her own style of photography and she can be found on “the corner,” taking pictures and meeting people. I felt like I had just met a celebrity. 

You never know where you’ll find your next adventure…

You may even find it right on the corner.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~

“I Wanna Go Back…”

Do you ever hear a song on the radio that takes you back in time? One that transports you to a time when you were younger and life seemed much simpler?

It’s that song that brings you back to a precious memory, of a time when you remember being so carefree and happy.

For me it’s a song sung by Eddie Money that makes me think that “I wanna go back and do it all over, but I can’t back, I know.” 

But I can’t go back. None of us can.

What we can do is hold onto those memories from a lifetime ago.

Keep them safely tucked inside of your heart.

And don’t lose sight of “now.”

When life isn’t going the way we had planned, or we’re feeling sad or depressed, or as though we’ll never be happy again, we often go back to those times.

We all do.

But don’t go back to those times and wish that you were there again.

Visit those times to remind you that you have been happy and that life was all that you wanted it to be at that time.

And let those times remind you that you can have that in the “now.” You didn’t leave happiness in your past. It was simply a different time in your life that taught you what “happiness” feels like. 

Take those feelings of old memories with you into your “now.” 

And let your “now” guide you into your “future.”

Life is a series of memories, good and bad, a series of life lessons, easy and hard, and a series of ups and downs. Experience is a great teacher and memories are gifts that we are given along the way.

Go back and visit if only to remind you that your “now” is just as precious as your “then.”

And remember to be grateful for it all.

Wishing you love and light,

~Anne Dennish~