Patty Kogutek, author of “A Change of Habit,” has helped thousands cure their anxiety, living “guilt-free.” Living as a Catholic nun for 7 years, and working her way through a 12 year failed marriage, Patty gathered “7 Secrets to Guilt-Free Living” that gave her the courage and the permission to finally follow her heart putting the expectation of others aside. Get my free Ebook,”The Making of a Guilt Sponge” here.

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“G-vites ~ Everyday Invitations From God” in February.

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“Patty Kogutek is a spiritual dynamo! She may have had a Change of Habit but when it comes to life, never a change of heart. She is all about friendship, family and faith, and writes of all three with verve.”

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How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?

Last week I celebrated my birthday! Amid the thoughtful celebratory cards, special meals, desserts, and remembrances, I managed to carve out some special reflection time re-reading the words from Oscar Wilde: The two most important days in your life: the day you were born and the day you discovered why. The book of Ecclesiastes also reminds us of this important message: that there is an appointed “time” for every event under the heavens…. A time to be born, a time to die, a time to laugh, and a time to mourn, etc. Everything and everyone is Divinely timed with Divine purpose. It’s not by accident that you are here on earth, with this particular family, these unique friends, in these unusual situations. Everything in the Universe is Divinely timed for a reason. Look at the ocean tides, the orbiting planets, the majestic stars, the rotating seasons, and the blooming flowers. How can you be different from any other of God’s marvelous creations? Forget New Year’s resolutions, birthdays are a wonderful reflection time. Your birthday is special to you alone; you and the God who put you here. The whole world is not celebrating the turn of another New Year. The designed day is uniquely yours to reconnect with your Creator. It acts as a day to “re-up”, re-new, and re-affirm your commitment to come to ”why” you came to this earth in the first place. Are you a “natural born” leader, healer, teacher, or maybe you were born to be caregiver, or do you bring innate organizational skills? It might be that your creativity brings a certain beauty that... read more

Can Money Buy Happiness?

We all want to be “happy”, but what does that mean to you? Being happy is kind of a general nebulous term. Is happiness different for each person? We’ve all heard that money can’t buy happiness but where do we get it? Being happy is a life long endeavor. Happiness is so important that even in our Declaration of Independence we are guaranteed “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. There are survey results that can help us understand happiness and aid us in our “pursuit”. Over 60,000 individuals participated in this study (by Deakin University in conjunction with Australian Unity) and found out that happiness can be determined by three things: Someone that you can share your life with. One person close to you that you can open up your heart’s desires offer support and the comfort of listening to you. If you have one intimate person who you can share thoughts, secrets, dreams, fears, hopes and passion with, encourage that relationship as a building block to happiness. Nurture lasting friendships. Money really can buy happiness. We can’t go to Amazon and buy a case of happiness but having enough money to alleviate the worry and anxiety, surely can reduce the stress. It’s not so much how much money we have; even people with low-income experience happiness when they feel in control of how they spend their money. Sometimes having money breeds discontent desiring more and more. Budget your money to build happiness. Sense of purpose. We all need a reason to live. Studies show that a real sense of belonging is imperative. Hobbies, special interests, a feeling... read more

Are You Losing It?

Everyone seeks perfection. The score of the perfect 10, the perfect attendance award, and the perfect football season act as carrots in front of our noses motivating us to be our best. After an almost perfect unbeaten season, the Carolina Panthers finally lost…their record: 15-1. During a TV interview, the host kept referring to the “loss” as a pivotal point for the team. The coach, Ron Rivera, put things in perspective for us all, “The loss doesn’t define who we are.” We need to remember that our losses do not define who we are either. In fact, I think that we are meant to “lose it”, along the way. What’s important is how we deal with “losing”. Over time, the years bring our losses. Our losses may bombard us as one earthshaking event or maybe just creep up on us. Gradually the losses invade our lives. Our health deteriorates, our eyesight may decrease, our loved ones may pass on, our stamina isn’t what it used to be, our wealth may diminish, our homes seem to shrink as we downsize, and our memory may slip. “Losing” is just a natural part of life’s journey. We cannot let these losses define us. We need to be able to accept what life brings us with grace, gratitude, and gracious goodness. Our lives work in synchronistic fashion with all events melting together creating your life’s mission. God gives us enough “wins” for happiness and enough “loss” for growth. Try to see how your life fits together as a whole. Creating a flow chart to describe the connections and influences can help. A flow... read more

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