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 Are You? Where Is God?

Strolling through the streets on Catalina Island taking in all the window displays, my eyes and mind were captured by this one brightly colored tee shirt. It read: “Wherever you go, there you are.” I laughed thinking how ridiculous or how sublime, I couldn’t quite figure out which category this island souvenir belonged in. Just as captivating, I recently read something very similar to that one tee shirt that has stuck in my mind giving me pause. This affirmation by Ralph Waldo Emerson read: “Wherever we are, God is, and all is well!” I found this affirmation so comforting that I’m repeating it to myself a lot lately. In the midst of my worrying about this, fretting about that and losing sleep over the situations out of my control, I repeat this comforting mantra. “God is here, and all is well.” Of course I pray telling God my concerns, (as if I had to fill Him in on my state of being). But sometimes I feel like I’m talking to a deaf ear. Is God really listening? Does He really care about my piddley problems in the whole scheme of the universe? On my soul level, I positively vow “YES”, but my mind has to be reigned in to catch up with God’s bigger picture. I’m not privy to this understanding while here on earth. With this knowledge and trust, I need to relax. I must totally give up control, letting go of the steering wheel, knowing that I’m in good hands with God in the drivers seat. Ask yourself these questions: Do you pray? Then why worry? After... read more

3 Pieces of Advice To Make Your Life Easier

School of Life At the very beginning of my doctorate studies, the counselor prepared me for the onslaught of academia pressures to earn this degree. He gave me 3 rules to remember that would make my journey a little easier, ensuring program completion. I think that we can also apply these 3 admonishments to the school of life. We are here on earth learning life lessons through joy (the easiest of the courses), adversity (the most strenuous, taking us to our knees), and those other routine studies we go through to fulfill our destiny. 3 things to help ACE this life school: Remember: 1) Get in and out of the program as quickly as possible. Do not take a semester off to travel, relax, or regroup. Once you lose momentum it’s harder to get back on the treadmill. If you are tempted to take a side trip you only prolong the program. Procrastination does not cure any problem. Remember what Pablo Picasso said: “Only put off to tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”. 2) Whatever hoop they put in front of you, jump through it. The program/life may seem like an endless journey. You may get bogged down, overwhelmed with the immensity of the whole process. Persevere putting one step in front of the other. Remember this old adage: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”  3) Everyone at the cocktail party does NOT want to hear about your thesis. Although you may be totally absorbed in your activities, job, health, kids, problems, etc. keep an open mind and heart to the... read more

Was Mom Right Preaching Moderation?

Ever hear this from your mother? “Everything in moderation.” My mom preached that religiously as the “secret” to a happy life. As I’ve made my own way I’d like to modify mom’s admonition to read, “Everything in balance.” Balance is the key. We are like the circus performer that juggles spinning plates on sticks. The juggler must keep the plates level and in a balanced position. With all the responsibilities of home, family, work, and social obligations we multitask holding the whole gig together. Losing balance would allow the plates to topple down to crashing upon us. Sometimes life seems out of whack, but there is a certain symmetry that must be maintained physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Physically we can see the balance in breathing, breathing in and breathing out. There is a rhythmical balance. Getting enough sleep, must be balanced with activity. Remember this: “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.” Our bodies are finely tuned machines. The medical doctors have an array of tests to see if our bodies get too much of this or not enough of that. They prescribe medications to keep us in physical balance. Emotionally, we need to balance out our exuberance with our control. We cannot get too high or too low. We also seek equilibrium with our precious commodity of “time”… our alone time needs to be measured against our “interaction time”. The time and energy we exert giving to others, must be in alignment with the vigor that we expend on ourselves. Spiritually we need to maintain a healthy relationship with God. We need to know when... read more

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