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

Follow Your Bliss

Joe and I recently celebrated our 26thwedding anniversary! It was just like the storybook: “love at first sight.” It’s when the heart and soul scream, “Yes, he’s the one!” This phenomenon brings feelings of emotional intensity. It’s like your own cosmic attraction. So too, this feeling of bliss comes when you discover your destiny – deep down in your soul you understand how and why you are here on this earth. Your soul gushes, “Yes, this is why I’m here!” The recognition of purpose brings sheer contentment, blissful joy, and a relaxed peacefulness. It comes with the strength of conviction that we have chosen the right track, in spite of earthly setbacks. This feeling of being in the right place, at the right time and doing the right thing brings peace to the soul. Restlessness inside subsides. When we recognize our purpose, we seem to be in syncopation with the universe, effortlessly breathing in and breathing out, gliding through life. Similar to love at first sight, we don’t have to strain, worry, or stress to make things work. We are in an energetic field of joyful motion knowing that we have found our place and why. Our cups overflow, as the Bible says. Our hearts float, and our souls sing. There we find happiness. There we find God. But God didn’t promise us a rose garden. We are all to familiar with the pain and suffering found in our everyday lives. So how do we grasp this joy in the midst of heartache and tribulations? A truly joyful person has perspective, assimilating the world and its happenings according to... read more

Can Life Be Simple?

“You’re going to do what?” my sister cried through the phone when I told her that we were moving from the beach in Del Mar CA to the mountains of Whitefish MT. She finished urging, “Don’t tell anybody because they will lock you up as a crazy person!” Twenty years ago, my husband, Joe and I, had heard “adventure” calling us to break out of our predictable life leaving 4 million of our closest friends on the clogged freeways in CA to discover the “simple life” in MT. The simple life is one of authenticity. As I was born and raised, I developed into a “guilt sponge” absorbing all the “shoulds” and expectations of others. There are some tell tale signs that you are not living the “simple life”. As a “guilt sponge”, I felt I had to pleaseothers, be perfect, andperformas expected.  And in order to measure up to high “guilt sponge” standards, I found myself pretendingsituations weren’t so, and procrastinatingthe difficult decisions. Sound familiar? With the focus on pleasing others, we build prison walls around ourselves. The walls limit our gain of personal freedom and happiness, living for others and thus losing all one’s authenticity. I guess the pull that I felt to move to the “simple life” was the call to be brave, courageous and authentic. “The greatest challenge in life is to be our own person and accept that being different is a blessing and not a curse. A person who knows who they are lives a simple life by eliminating from their orbit anything that does not align with his or her overriding purpose... read more

Don’t Settle

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.”  (Matthew 5:9) Don’t settle for a false peace. Very often what we call peace is just a cover-up, a lie.  Oftentimes, we put forth a false front so others won’t think badly of us. God urges us to face it all- the good, bad and the ugly. Not only in ourselves, but also in surroundings. God urges us to face up to the reality of old conflicts, and old sinfulness, and the old lack of at-oneness that already exits inside us and in our relations with others. If our friendships and marriages, our families and communities are to live up to our high hopes, and if our life’s work is to be worthy of us, then we have to let the Lord set us on fire with the energy we call “grace” – which is one part courage and one part love. With that holy fire warming and strengthening our hearts, there is no part of ourselves that we cannot confront; no sin in us that we cannot face; no failure in us that we cannot deal with. God’s love for us is unconditional. God loves us no matter what we have done or have failed to do. With God’s grace, we can now give the truth as a gift, sharing God’s love for us.   As we learn to speak the truth in love – first inside us and then outside – and as we accept the challenge first of changing ourselves and then of helping others to change, the peace that God desires for us will... read more

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