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

Do You Feel the Holiday Rush?

Let the games begin! We are now officially in the “Christmas Season” bringing with it the joys, stresses, anxieties, anticipations and disappointments that can come with any overinflated, long awaited “buildup”. Commercially, we only have a few short weeks to prepare for this upcoming holiday. Plans have to be made, cookies baked, gifts purchased, trees decorated and parties planned. Religiously the world is also in “ready mode”. Jewish people are prepping for Hanukkah with the treasured traditions of the lighting of the Menorah candles. Christian churches singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel“ celebrate this preparation time as “Advent”, commemorating the 4 weeks representing the 4,000 years longing for the birth of Jesus. Spiritual leaders everywhere attempt to refocus the attention of the faithful to what really matters in this life, kind of like a wakeup call. Especially during these busy days we need to remember the admonition that life is not about the destination, but “The Journey”. With so many family, cultural and religious traditions, it’s so easy for us overlook the reason for the season. We all get in little ruts and maintain certain habits of mind that numb our thinking and feelings and propel us through this life just going through the motions, failing to notice the important things that we have been missing. Like the rude guest at a cocktail party, who talks with us while all the time being distracted while watching for someone more interesting to move on to meet, we often look right over the present moment right in front of us! We squander our attention on trivia losing out on the special... read more

Give Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it affords us the basis for the upcoming holiday season. It’s like the festive kickoff for the Super Bowl of Life, providing the initial start of the “rest of the game”. It’s the REASON FOR THE SEASON! Gratitude is the strongest of energies. Gratitude changes everything. Gratitude is a powerful tool, turning any ordinary Thursday into Thanksgiving. Some people live under the misconception that they will be filled with gratitude when they find happiness in their job, marriage, and family. Others delay being grateful until they are deemed successful by their peers, or the standards that they have set for themselves. Often we wait a lifetime to live with a grateful heart until “all is well”. While all the time we have the key to happiness in our hands. Gratitude is the key unlocking the door to happiness. The early Pilgrims knew this and we’re reminded of this vital lesson every Thanksgiving. Be grateful for your blessings, no matter what they are. Instead of feeling a sense of loss and need, concentrate on what you DO have and there will be no room in your mind or your heart for what you THINK you are missing. Instead of waking up complaining about the aches and pains brought about during the night, be thankful for the body parts that DO work. Instead of living in state of constant yearning for something bigger or better, relish your present circumstances. Bloom where you are planted with a grateful heart. From gratitude blooms happiness. Challenge for the week: Be mindful of your thoughts and words, monitoring... read more

Let Your Light Shine

Do you sometimes feel disappointed in yourself, maybe even that you are a miserable failure at some things? Comparisons often make us feel like we have a big “L” pasted on our foreheads for “Loser”. Look at our culture, rating, judging, and evaluating everything. We use terms like “top 10 football teams”, “five star hotels”, and “number 1 ranked golfer, tennis player, etc. reflecting how people, schools and teams are compared. Our society is looking for “perfection” without giving us much leeway for “progress”. But this “pressure for perfect” is really not healthy for us, physically, emotionally,or spiritually. Consider these wonderful words of Leonard Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. In reality we are all “cracked” not even coming close to perfection. We are even afraid to admit our humanness. Let’s shift our paradigm. Let’s view our shortcomings, our cracks and those of others as opportunities for Light. Especially with this holiday season descending upon us bringing the stresses for the perfect holiday celebration, perfectly cooked dinner or perfectly behaved family. Let’s try to find God’s perfection in our imperfections. In Japan, broken objects are often repaired with gold. The flaw is seen as a unique piece of the object’s history. This “golden flaw” only adds to the beauty. So my challenge to you during these upcoming weeks is that we find the beauty in the flaws that surrounding us. Let’s use these situations as unique opportunities to LET OUR LIGHT SHINE!... read more

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