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

“I’ll leave the light on for you” – God

In a way, God is the Ultimate Hotelier! But Motel 6 and Tom Bodett took a page out of God’s playbook when they made the commercial for the roadside inn for weary travelers. Remember the TV commercial ending with the phrase, “We’ll  leave the light on for you.” This catchy jingle not only symbolizes the end of the road but also three messages that we need to remember for our earthly journey.   God, being the first to extend the welcome, says: I’ll be expecting you. “I’ll be watching for you and waiting for you with outstretched arms. You might be running late or run into detours along your journey, but sooner or later I know you will be arriving. I’ll be expecting you.” I’ll be welcoming all. “Not matter when you get here or in what condition in which you arrive, I will treasure you as the returning favorite child. When I look at you I see a much-cherished child, not a stranger. Ya’ll come –  seniors, young, old, pets, owners, children. No restrictions. No limits on my love”. I’ll leave this light on so you can find your way. “I know it can get dark out there and you may often lose your way, so I’ll give you signs along the way. Listen to your heart, your internal GPS, and follow that light. I am always with you, walking by your side. And your name is written on my hand, if you listen carefully you will hear me whispering to you. If you watch closely, you will see that I am here. So watch and listen.” Our... read more

Find Your Beach

It’s easy on an island vacation to “find your beach” as the Corona beer commercial urges us. The ability of disengage in our daily life is the real challenge. What a waste of time and energy we expend! Most of our stamina during the day is spent on things/activities that don’t really matter.  We are bombarded with pressures to accomplish this, acquire that and measure up to someone else’s standard. We go to bed at night with our minds racing of yet what we need to do, feeling that whatever we have accomplished is not enough. Our poor souls are flooded with the misguided notion we need to do “more”. Why don’t we remember who we really are and why we are really here? Besides the mental ambush, we are bombarded with “notifications”. Our peace and quiet is disturbed with beeps, ring tones, chimes, horns and a host of other alerting sounds calling us to more action. Sometimes we need to take a vacation to “get away”…get away from our normal routine to put things in bigger perspective. We need some “me time” some “alone time”.  When we can “get away”, all the items on the “to do” list seem a little less important. With a travel vacation we find new surroundings, different people, and diverse milieu, we are forced out of our rut and jolted into a new awareness, like a breath of fresh air. The pressures gripping us release, our shoulders may drop and we exhale experiencing true peace. But instead of waiting for a yearly getaway, I think we need to carve out “beach time” during EACH... read more

Let It Blow!

When in doubt….let it blow! It’s been over a year since hurricane Maria hit the islands in the Caribbean. The tropical paradise of St. John took it head-on being torn asunder. Survival and come back are now the main topics of conversation. Everyone has a genuine smile, happy to be alive. Everyone greets us with a sincere embrace, happy that we are there. Listening to the various stories of those hellish 24 hours of bombardment, I picked up on one man’s successful strategy. While other families were dragging refrigerators and any other heavy pieces of furniture to brace the doors from the onslaught of the ferocious winds, this one gentleman did not fight it. He opened his front door and let it blow. He went on to share that while others lost everything with the winds hurling refrigerators through their roofs, he did not lose his roof, or his house. He let it blow. Hopefully we won’t find ourselves struggling like this in a hurricane. But hurricanes come in many forms…loss of loved ones, illness, accidents, or merely difficult change. FEAR NOT: Stay in faith, knowing somehow through whatever is happening, that God’s plan is at work. Reach out to friends, take baby steps, and be brave and strong no matter what. We all are just a little afraid! RESIST NOT: Go with the flow. Whatever person or situation presents itself embrace it, knowing that you are RSVPing to God’s invitation. God would never forsake you, no matter how terrible things seem. Nothing happens for “no good reason”. We all are just a little out of control! Remember to... read more

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