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

Want to Start Over?

Do you ever think about going somewhere where nobody knows you and starting a new life? I found this question posed on the Internet. The question initiated a lot of conversation with almost 2,000 comments. I didn’t have time to read all the comments but the bulk being that most of the people answered yes! I was amazed at how many people wanted “out”, and even expressed it openly. Most were sharing intimate thoughts reaching out for comfort and confirmation that they were not alone. Most found themselves in the “muck of life” that we sometimes find ourselves in. Either of our own choosing or that of what fate has blown in. That’s life. Sometimes it’s difficult, even tragic. Being human brings challenging situations, but I don’t think the answer is to pick up and anonymously move out of town, even though the thought of starting over may be appealing. Wherever we find ourselves, no matter how much we think WE’VE screwed up or GOD has screwed up, there is always hope. We all have expectations for ourselves and others. We try to create our lives according to this vision, but our expectations can be dashed to the ground. But whatever the situation, it’s always an invitation. It’s an invitation to change, evolve, and move deeper into the human experience. Or we can remain in the status quo fighting, shutting down or running away through denial. The events in our lives are calls to action. We need to hold on and know deep in our hearts that God has a plan. (If we only knew the plan and purpose,... read more

What is the Sure Sign of Wisdom?

They say with age comes wisdom….not necessarily! Nothing will supply the want of sunshine to peaches unless you have the cheerfulness of wisdom. – Ralph Waldo Emerson One of the surest signs of wisdom is not the number of years you’ve counted but a display of cheerfulness.  This ever-present state of mind is not due to only pleasant and happy occasions we may find ourselves in, but because we are wise enough to know that deep down that “it’s all good”! We know that life comes at us, not in leaps and bounds, but unfolds like a treasure map. Accepting every situation as it presents itself each day, signals that we are “on track” to secure this treasure of life. One of my favorite authors, Neale Donald Walsch wrote: “Nothing is as bleak as it looks, everything is a blessing.” We need to see the blessing or the opportunity in each of life’s circumstances. In one of my workshop discussions, a woman summed this up using the word: “Blesson”. A blesson is the lesson that we are meant to learn in these trying circumstances, but at the same time is really truly a blessing disguised. Next time that you are trying to understand what in the heck is going on, searching for positive meaning, ….it just might be a blesson! I found this on Facebook and gives us a great perspective on our journey: “Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful, it’s ordinary and mundane and routine.” So no matter where you are on your treasure map, carry... read more

Got Potential?

Have you ever been deemed with “having great potential” or voted the “most likely to succeed”? Most people would look on these comments as compliments, a vote of confidence in someone’s abilities. OK, so we’ve been given many gifts. But now what? What if we don’t measure up? Wonder if we don’t meet the world’s expectation of us? Like Charlie Brown bemoans, “Oh, the curse of great potential!!” According to our power-driven standards, if we are underemployed or, not in the fast lane of achievement there is only one reason…..we are not living up to our potential. We need to raise the bar of success by hard work. Most of the world would subscribe to this reasoning: “(Your) potential doesn’t mean shit if you don’t get off you ass and start working.” – Bishank Jhavar, Champion’s Handbook: Meteoric Guide for Meteoric Success But what happens if the road of worldly success does not hold the keys to fulfillment and happiness that makes your particular soul sing? If we strive to meet some false standard of happiness, if we live with thoughts of “someday….” “if only….” then we will never find that joy in this life. Maybe, just maybe: “If you’re happy living what some might call a mediocre life, then you’re not living a mediocre life at all.” – Mike Bundrnat Set your own terms of success, listen to your own drummer, and write your own story. Listen within to find YOUR happiness within YOUR true... read more

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