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.


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Adriana Trigiani “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.” -Adriana Trigiani Bestselling author of Big Stone Gap

Where Did the Wonder Go?

Joe and I are not normal! Most normal people have children and grandchildren. We don’t. So you can imagine how nervous and thrilled we were when my niece and one-year old baby came to visit us trying to escape the terrible fires in Boise. Our house is not “baby proofed”. We have no cribs, car seats, playpens, or toys. Matter of fact I can only remember once when someone under 21 was even IN our house. What are we ever going to do??? No problem. As it turned out, we did not have to entertain HER, she entertained US while at the same time reminding us of an all-important lesson. This little person who could not walk or talk taught us how to live OUR lives. No fancy toys, iphones, or distractions. This small “teacher” found such delight EVERYTHING she saw, touched or heard. She was mesmerized by simple things like Tupperware lids. She played the same songs over and over again, never tiring of the same tunes. Whatever or whoever came her way presented a new opportunity for fun and friendship. Where did my sense of wonder go? Because we take so many aspects of life for granted we lose a sense of wonder in everyday joys. We forget about maintaining our sense of wonder for daily occurrences in our lives: spending time with family and friends, eating food that nourishes us, and soaking up the beauty that surrounds us in nature. We take things for granted. This little girl lived in wonder having no expectations. Whatever came her way was great. She’s not thinking, “I’ll be happy... read more

Did God Get It Wrong?

Does God not hear my prayers or does he just get it wrong? With the raging wildfires devastating the west coast and the hurricane rainstorms destroying the east coast, I thought perhaps God got things a little mixed up. I’ve been praying for all those rain-filled clouds in the east to help relieve the burning acreage in the west. This would solve a lot of our problems. So how come all these disasters are happening? Why is God allowing these terrible things to happen to good families? Why is God destroying this beautiful earth with all these natural catastrophes? Why all this suffering in spite of all our prayers? I remember Saint Mother Teresa’s response to adversity, even with humor, “I know God would not give me anything that I can’t handle, but I wish he didn’t trust me so much!” Facing afflictions of all kinds, even with a twinkle in her eye, Mother Teresa could endure the tragic circumstances and somehow know that God was there for her and that things would work out in the end. We call that FAITH! I’m also reminded of an adage that I rely on: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” Sometimes the world does look like it’s falling apart. And in some cases it is. Now at this time we need to hang on to HOPE! How do we get through this? With the heroic responses of our fellow human beings, we are surviving these upheavals and hardships. Televised rescues and neighbors reaching out helping each other, are a testament to the world that... read more

World Class Friends

How come it takes a tragedy to teach us lessons? Can’t we learn our life lessons quickly and easily? The ongoing disastrous hurricane hitting Texas and Louisiana reinforces valuable learnings for us all. Amidst our daily lives of striving to be the best and the greatest we are reminded that life is much simpler than adding up our bank accounts, our degrees, and how many powerful people we call friends. When all is said and done we realize that that the only thing that really counts is communion – family that comes only from a lifetime of building good people and good bridges to connect them. Looking at the catastrophe along our coastline we can see in action what building good people and good bridges actually looks liked. Time after time we see how people stick together, they do not run out on each other or quit on them in hardship. Television photos show responders holding the course, persistently facing and wrestling with all the things that they would probably like to flee or run away from. This is the task of each and every one of us; it’s the task of a lifetime. That’s all we ever have and all we are ever responsible for. We all cannot be the kind of recue heroes that we have grown to so admire in this recovery process. But we are called to do it every day, one day at a time in small things. Think of the people who have made the most difference in your life, the people who have brought the best out of you, and who’s imprint... read more

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