Dealing with Grief

Dealing with grief has been a roller coaster for me.  Everyone grieves differently, and I am no exception.  I just wanted to share my experience so far, and I will continue to check in with you from time to time to let you know where I am.  I just didn’t want to start posting low carb almond butter cookie recipes and act like nothing is happening.  (I promise…I’ll post the recipe next.)

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First of all, I am very lucky because I am receiving an overwhelming amount of love and support on a daily basis.  Talk about giving the flowers to the living—above is a picstich of SIX different bouquets in my house.  My mailbox always has cards in it, my friends and family send me messages, meals, and lots of healing energy.  The funny thing is…sometimes these make me so happy.  Other times, the phone calls, cards, and flowers just remind me.  And it is easier to just forget.

Most days I am walking in a fog, just going through the motions.  I had a friend (who lost her mom a few years ago) offer to grocery shop for me.  I thought it was an odd offer…until I actually had to go do it.  It is completely exhausting and it sucks the life out of me.  I am back to teaching yoga, and although I feel lifted and free during the class, I have to come home immediately to rest.  It is hard to believe that I am tired, because I am sleeping.  Hard core sleeping…like 7-10 hours a night.  I have this feeling like God is protecting me by giving me a natural  Ambian at night, and  a natural Xanax during the day.  There has been a few times where these “drugs” have worn off and my husband and I pray feverishly for them to return.

I know this fogginess is going to lift, so I want it to stay as long as possible.  I have learned a lot from friends who have lost a parent (or both) over the past week.  One regret most have is that they waited too long to go to grief counseling.  So I am taking their advice and going  sooner rather than later.

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I am trying not to grief drink.  Or grief eat.  Luckily, my cravings have been for meat and/or avocados.  Or peanut butter soup.  Yep…2 tablespoons of Crazy Richard’s peanut butter melted in the microwave.  I think because I feel empty, I am craving the filling effects of protein and fats.  I’m just really thankful I am not craving carbs or sugar.

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A friend gave me Danielle LaPorte’s desire map 2015 planner.  This has been very helpful for me.  Everyday you write how you want to feel, what you want to experience, who you want to connect with, what aspects of your life you want to develop, and who you are going to serve.  When you are naming what you are grateful for daily, it helps put things in perspective.

Everyday, I make two lists in the planner.  The first is a list of things I HAVE to do.  This looks a lot differently than my to do list three weeks ago.  Right now, I am only requiring that I take care of my children, and teach yoga.   The other list is things that would make me feel better if I did.  Those might be straightening up the house, taking a nap, going to Starbucks, cooking dinner, taking a barre class, or meeting a friend for lunch.  (I cannot bring myself to do yoga right now…it’s barre or Toby walking only.  And I tend to be a hermit, so getting out and seeing people tends to help.)   There have been days that I have completed all items from both lists.  Other days, I drive to go to barre, and have to turn around and come home.  Because I just can’t.  Same thing with the grocery store, coffee dates, and promised YMCA meetups.  I keep driving there, then I turn around and come home.  All I want to do is get wrapped up in Lifetime movies, light my banana nut bread candle and snuggle with my Toby.

Every morning,  I wake up and I think I am ready to start my day.  But then I remember.  Memories flood my mind and I want to close my eyes and just go back to sleep.  But I don’t.  I am fighting that feeling to crawl in a ball.  It still hurts, but I get up anyway.  I get up  and love on my husband and my kids.  I get up and take the day for what it is.  I am owning my feelings, and verbalize them to anyone who will listen.

I am grateful everyday for this beautiful life. I have so many joys to celebrate in my life right now. I can’t help but smile a little…even if it is through tears.

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My sister is here from Dubai.   Obviously she doesn’t visit often, so we are spending lots of time together and I love it.  We celebrated her birthday and it was so cute seeing our kids together.

Some of  my friends are pregnant.  The weather is beautiful.  I really like my teeth.

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Last Saturday, I participated in the Yes Yoga Has Curves book signing and class.  Being a model in the book last year opened up so many opportunities for me…including the newest… a DVD taping in August!

The yoga community has completely wrapped me up in positive, healing energy.  My husband, who is also grieving,  is unbelievably amazing.

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This girl and her success with eating healthy landed her a segment on News14!  We tape next week.  You can read about our journey HERE, and you know I’ll post the link once we air.

So, yes.  This is hard.  It is heavy, and I feel empty and it sucks.  If you are praying for me and my family, please don’t stop.  As my dad always said, “You need the practice, and I need the prayers.”

XO

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My special candle.

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He is my absolute favorite thing in the world right now.  (sorry babe.)

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8 thoughts on “Dealing with Grief”

  1. Much love to you Kacy– thank you for sharing this, I am sure it’s as therapeutic for so many others to read as hopefully it was for you to write. You’ve inspired me to use my LaPorte planner in different ways. I hope to see you soon– if you ever want a lunch or barre buddy I’m open.

    1. Thanks Angela. I may just take you up on that. I hope I don’t call and cancel in the parking lot though. 🙂
      I can’t wait to hear more about how you are using your planner!

  2. Loved reading this Kacy! So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I can’t begin to imagine what you are going through. I’m so glad Erin is here with you too!
    I too have the LePorte planner and I have yet to write in it. Isn’t that awful? Talk about a major block. Ugh!
    Prayers, thoughts, hugs and kisses to you and your family! <3

    1. Thanks Heather. I loved having my sister here too…she is already back in Dubai, so now I am sad all over again. I hope I helped inspire you to get that LaPorte planner back out!

  3. Love you cousin. Come out to Kansas and get a change in scenery. We’ll go to Lava Yoga and sweat it out…or just take a walk at the lake….whatever you need. The door is open. I’ve been practicing (as your dad said)….hope you know how covered in prayers, love and light you and your family are right now. Give my other cousin a hug for me and hold on extra tight–that’s how I’m hugging you right now.

    1. Sarah–
      You are so sweet. I probably could use a change of scenery…I was thinking more like the Bahamas though. XO

  4. I am so glad that you are dealing honestly with your feelings of loss, Kacy and accepting life on life’s terms…something we all have to do at some time or the other. You are an extremely strong woman whom I admire to the depth of my heart. Sharing in your loss is very hard for me and my family as well because of what your Dad meant to us and for who he was to everyone he met. He will be missed and remembered by so many for so long and the memories he planted will grow with each telling and thinking back with a big smile on our faces. It is wonderful that he has two grandchildren who will know and remember him with love and adoration and tell their children when that time comes.

    Keep being the person you are, Kacy…strong and resilient, with a lust for life just like Frank always had most of his life. I love you still and always.

    1. Harriet-
      Thanks so much for this amazing comment. I feel like maybe if I am real with what I am feeling, I can help others not feel so alone with what they are feeling.

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