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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As we go through our daily lives, we often find ourselves at a loss for words when it comes to prayer. This small prayer book contains “prayer starters” covering occasion both happy and sad. Use these thoughts and words as a ready reference and springboard for your own conversation with God.

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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

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“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats….” –Iris Murdoch When I read this I was struck by the word “small”. We usually wait for things to get easier, simpler, bigger or better before we take action or appreciate them. We tend to procrastinate, putting off action for “a better” time. We sacrifice small treats biding our time for bigger successes. But we need to remember that success comes one day at a time with small wins. How easily we lose sight of what we have before us. We slip from savoring the present moment filled with awe to merely surviving through another day. While waiting for the bigger and better, we might be missing out on the best right before us. Happiness builds on being attuned to the gifts of the present moment rather than looking backward or forward. Nostalgia for the way things used to be robs of us time. Mulling on things we once could do, or carefree days of youth only keep our heads turned backward. Similarly, dreaming of what we can do in the future if only a few things would fall into place lures us away from the gift of the present moment – filled with opportunities, no matter how small. Enjoy the small things in life, right now, because when you look back, they are really the big building blocks of our journeys. At the end, our lives are made up of small moments, enjoying a lunch with a friend, a shared moment of laughter with family, or a morning walk watching the sunrise. Don’t miss out waiting... read more

All Is Well

As we are preparing for the upcoming celebration of Easter it’s easy to get caught up in the traditions of hidden baskets, colorful eggs and joyous celebrations with family and friends. But in all the festivities, don’t miss the central meaning our faith –All Will Be Well We know that seasons are a part of our lives – our earthly life and spiritual life. The book of Ecclesiastes reminds us, “To every thing there is a season, a time to every purpose under heaven.” Just living day to day we witness these “seasons”… The Calm always follows the Storm. The Light always follows the Darkness. Spring always follows the Winter. Spiritually speaking: Our faith tells us the Life will follow death. Even Dolly Parton adds a more colorful take: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” The rain, the storm, the darkness, and the winter may represent our fondest hopes getting dashed, our best ideas coming to nothing, the best we have wearing out and falling apart. We get sick and grow old, fall apart and die. It seems that the dark voice must be right. But there is another voice within us that says, “Not so. There’s more.” This is a faith-filled voice breaking through the darkness reminding us of the message, “It’s not over yet. All is not in vain. Easter always follows Good Friday. God didn’t make us for pain and suffering, for sadness and dying, but for life – enjoying this life and the exciting, eternal life. So as we prepare to celebrate the upcoming... read more

Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters. One of these notions represents danger. The other represents opportunity. – John F. Kennedy God tosses us a few coins.What do we do with them? They say that when God closes one door he opens a window. Yes, but we have to get through that door of crisis of danger, silencing the din of doubt and loss of faith, to be able to see the window of opportunity. We may have to live through the pain of divorce to find the happiness of a more fulfilling relationship. We may have to panic at the loss of a job in order to find a more satisfying line of work. We may have to suffer through a serious illness to enjoy a healthier life style and appreciate the support of friends and family. It’s not our problems that determine our lives. It’s how we deal with these problems that make all the difference. It’s all in our perspective and how we deal with the situation. It’s not the cards we are dealt with, but how we play them. We can lay down in self-pity, wallowing in our poor luck. Or we can see the situation as the opportunity that it really is. We look around our world and see terrible situations thinking, “how can they possibility live like that”, or “I couldn’t possibly do that”. But look at the resilience of our fellow man, taking on the challenges dealt to them. It is vital to be able to “rise to the occasion”, to see the other side of the coin, flipping... read more

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