Loosing someone that you love is so very hard. Watching a loved one struggle through life daily is a nightmare.

I am grateful for the time that I had with Amber, her short time here was very important to me and her family. She touched me and so many others in profound ways. Personally, she made me open my mind; think and see the world through different eyes. With her birth I learned what and how powerful unconditional love is.

I am learning to be grateful for the time with her, learning to treasure the memories and think of the many happy times.

Amber’s free spirit and open mind gives me inspiration and is the guiding principal of Sunflower Effect. I miss her so much, but know in my heart that she is at peace now. She is no longer fighting the demons. We would have preferred she found recovery, but now we focus on helping others in her memory.

So many people have suffered the same tragedy and so many amazing people have used that tragedy to help others. We all grieve and miss our loved ones but they live on in what we do. I have been blessed to have meet some truly inspirational people who have taught me and guided me through the grieving process.There is HOPE!

People do RECOVER!


How A Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life

I have been reading “The Gratitude Diaries” by Janice Kaplan and finding this book to be life changing I have struggling with keeping a gratitude journal for a long time, but with the help of Gratitude Diaries have been writing daily what I am grateful for in detail. I try to be a few paragraphs each day, on average I write two paragraphs of two things I am grateful for. At times I have more and at times I only have one. Gratitude Diaries has taught me to try to reframe days, look for the good that occurs, and change my perception.

Miracles happen every day and we choose not to see them. Sitting on my porch with my coffee, hearing the birds chirp as the sky slowly begins to lighten up. A beautiful miracle that we have no control over. Appreciate it and see it for what it is.

I can not bring Amber back, none of us can bring back our loved ones but we can remember the good times. We can share what a wonderful person we loved and keep that love in our heart to help when we are down.

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