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Handling Grief as a Business Owner and Friend...

Updated: Apr 19


The last few days have been tough, I got bad news that a close friend of mine passed away. That put me down for a solid 2 days, crying, praying, reflecting... The words of Dr. Myles Munroe were ringing in my ears, "Everyone dies, but not everyone lives." I have been on calls with my girlfriend's mom, and ex-husband making plans for her homegoing. I find myself speaking life over them and praying for them in the face of this untimely death. See my girlfriend had some internal battles that many of us tried to help her with. It's so wild how we can have so much love and high hopes for someone... more than they have for themselves.


Needless to say its' been a moment to welcome a range of emotions and thoughts which I don't always get to, nor have to process. I am a student in life, I promise I live with a box of tissue in one hand and a pen and paper in the other. My spiritual gifts are that of a prophet and intercessor so my sensitivity is HIGH. My natural gifts are that of a creative and teacher, hence my role as an entrepreneur and coach in the market place. New age believers will define me as clairvoyant, an empath and personality tests categorize me as an ambivert (new to me lol).


All that means in my book is I tend to seek the Lord for answers on everrrrrrrything, most times I don't like the response or revelation. I prefer to have understanding before I speak on a matter, I research pretty much anything that peaks my interest. I love thinking, writing and reading over talking. I only talk when I have something meaningful to say, so small talk is not fun for me AT ALL.


I am writing this to you because I realized something this week I wanted to share. In the midst of life's challenges some of us tend to automatically think hardship is a sign we need to QUIT. But in actuality it is a sign that God is ready to prove to you, He has equipped you to overcome the challenge you are facing.


For my bible believers, remember the story of the Hebrew brothers that God brought through the fiery furnace or the story of Daniel, who God brought through the lions den.


When life knocks me down these are questions and comments the Lord poses to me, it's typically sounds like...


How long are you going to cry over something you can't control?

I removed them from your life. I allowed this to happen. Get up and walk.


Do you trust Me?


Do you have faith in your faith or faith in Me and My word?


WHEEEEW!


I simply want you to know, you are a WARRIOR! Life is going to keep life'n and you are going to keep applying pressure and processing pain in a way that can positively impact you! Here's some practical steps...


Seek Professional Support: Reach out to a mental health professional, such as a therapist or counselor, who specializes in trauma and emotional healing. Working with a trained professional can provide valuable insights and tools to navigate the complexities of pain and trauma. Check out our recent course Mindset Over Everything.


Practice Mindfulness and Meditation On Gods Word: Mindfulness techniques, prayer and meditation can help you become more aware of your emotions and thoughts without judgment. Vent to GOD! He won't use it against you! These practices promote self-compassion, reduce anxiety, and create a safe space for processing difficult emotions.


Engage in Creative Expression: Engaging in creative activities like art, writing, dancing, or music can be a powerful way to express emotions that may be difficult to put into words. Creativity can serve as a cathartic outlet and allow for deeper exploration of feelings. Journaling is my outlet and helps me process my thoughts and feelings.


Build a Supportive Social Network: My family, friends, church family, CEO Chick Community are vital to my livelihood. Relationship currency is everything! Surround yourself with supportive and understanding individuals who can provide a safe environment for you to share your experiences and feelings. Connecting with others who have experienced similar challenges can be especially helpful.


Physical Activity and Self-Care: Engaging in regular physical activity can release endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. Additionally, practicing self-care activities such as spending time in nature, taking relaxing baths, or engaging in hobbies can help reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.


Remember that healing from pain and trauma is a process that takes time and patience. It's essential to be gentle with yourself and allow yourself to experience emotions without judgment. If at any point you find that the pain and trauma are significantly impacting your daily life, don't hesitate to seek professional help and support.


Keep me in your prayers!


-xoxo Coleen

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