Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Breathing New Life in New Jeresy

September 2017 marks our first anniversary in our New Jersey house. Kurt and I were married at Cornman Farms in Dexter Michigan on Mother's Day 2017 this year. Together we are building our future full of hope and many new beginnings going forward.
       We moved to New Jersey because we were both offered advacment in our careers and several other opportunities.  My fabulous husband Kurt is the new director of clinical cancer research at Atlantic Health Systems, and is a practicing neruo-oncologist taking care of brain tumor patients.
     The photo on the top left is a picture of my New Jersey writing office in the city overlooking the sidewalk that leads to downtown Summit and to the direct train into Penn Station NYC.
      I'm so happy with the remodel of my office. Kurt and I had a fun time designing it with white window shutters that contrast the dark hard wood floors freshly painted walls and we installed  a ceiling fan. Kurt built me floor to ceiling bookcase which I immediately filled with my favorite books and things.  I'm working with a new agency to  promote my two books TURTLE SHELLS: Heading Through Cancer, and TURTLE HATCHING'S: Breathing New Life. My hope is to have a new publisher very soon and that both books will be available again with the possibility of book to movie or Broadway show.
        In other news I have taken a three-year term on the moleculor tumor board as a member of the TAPUR study (the Targeted Agent Profiling Utilization Registry) for ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology) their first clinical trial. ASCO is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who take care of people with cancer. "Clinical trials are research studies that involve patients. The TAPUR trial is a clinical trial for people with later-stage cancer. The trial is focused on whether specific targeted therapies can benefit more patients and lead to more personalized therapies. This is the first of it's kind.
         I continue to run the Nicki Leach Foundation and ask for your support to help young adults with cancer by making a donation at www.nickileach.org
        This November the foundation will fully fund our endowed scholarship at UNF, the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville Florida. The foundation was responsible for $25,000 before it became fully funded, and we met our obligation. It's dissappointing that we had very little support  locally to help us reach our $25,000 goal.  It was mostly funded through a private foundation out of California. Even without the support of Nicki's home town in Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville Florida we successfully succeeded to persevere like Nicki did and fully fund the endowment. If a local teenager or young adult should need assistnace at UNF  the Nicki Leach Foundation endowed fund is there in place to help someones college student continue their education if they were to get cancer, just like Nicki did.

Best Wishes to all!

Friday, July 21, 2017

New Beginnings

July 21, 2017
I married the man of my dreams on Mother's Day 2017 Kurt Jaeckle, my  husband I will cherish and love him the rest of my life. Kurt is a neuro-oncologist, a brain tumor doctor so he takes care of people with brain tumors. Most of you know that I lost my nineteen-year old daughter Nicki Leach from a glioblastoma, (brain tumor). Often times in life we will find a mate that is like minded. I admire my husband for what he has givin his life to. I will take my last breath with him. He is my soul mate. At our wedding we were lovingly surrounded with family and friends. The true meaning of life is to find your sould mate and build a life together. Always be kind, loving, honest and true to who you are. I will love Kurt, and support him and encourage him to be the best he can be. Surround yourself with goodness, embrace love, kindness, and always live the life you had only imagined.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite novelist, poet, and lay theologian.  I find his mind fascinating especially the way he can cause ones mind to think deeply by writing one sentence thought provoking quotes.  But I love not only the words he writes but sometimes people put pictures with the quote and this one pulled me in. I was drawn to the vision of the woman standing next to the bench. She gazes across the water I wonder what she's thinking?  I wonder if she went there to think or if she just randomly wandered into this area. I think she goes to this place often to think deeply.  Maybe she's in a transition period in her life and by looking off into the open water seeing nothing visable on the other side perhaps her mind expands and she imagines.  What do you think she imagines? We will never know but we can imagine in our own mind what she might be thinking and that will cause us to think deeper.

Here's another C.S. Lewis quote

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream

I think this quote goes hand in hand with the quote at the top of the page. Because if you believe that there are far far better things ahead than any we leave behind...and if we are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream then maybe the woman in the photo went to this spot to think deeply about moving forward in her life.  Maybe she knows that she will be leaving someone, and somethings, behind if she goes forward. Maybe it's time for her to set another goal and dream a new dream. We can only imagine her thoughts.

Life is full of hellos and goodbyes - But keep in mind that every new hello can start a new chapter in your life, and every goodbye can leave you with new energy to go forward with renued strength and determination to grow, to expand and to build your own happiness, and achieve your own goals.

Life is too short to miss your destiny.

Keep being courageous, take risks, love deeper and pray.  God hears your prayers.

I wish this for you...that your dreams come true as you go forward to achieve your full potential, trusting God. He has the perfect plan for your life.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Breathing New Life

I'm excited to introduce my second book in the TURTLE book series of non fiction writing.

The release date for TURTLE HATCHINGS: Breathing New Life is September 6, 2016 Tate publishing.

Although my heart is in writing non fiction I also write fiction under a pen name which will be revealed when my fiction novel is published September 2017.

I will be spending much of next year in New Jersery writing, attending writers workshops, meeting other talented writeres, editors, publishers and new friends as I expand my world and opportunities.

Never stop growing, never stop learning, never stop creating and never stop dreaming!

Thank you to my friends for all of the love and support you have shown me over the past four years when I first began to publish some of my very private thoughts and feelings publicly through my writing. I love to read and I love to write these are two of my passions in life.

Whatever your passion is always create with love. When we share our joy with others we find a world of loving, kind friends that we never knew were out there. So spread your wings and fly...God Bless you ~ Bunny

Monday, January 4, 2016

I can help you to… Create The Life You Want

As a Life Coach I partner with you to help you follow a path that you design so that you will succeed in fulfilling your dreams and goals. Whether it’s your professional or personal life you can create the life you want. I customize my approach to your individual needs by listening intently to what you want to happen, while observing your body language, and tone. I learn your strengths, skills and what resources you have. Life Coaching is not designed to relive your past or to get over your past but rather Life Coaching is a human relationship where I assist you going forward.
A successful coaching relationship typically last six months, but is not unusual to take up to a year to achieve the desired results. Partnering with a coach is a very powerful relationship where I assist you in creating visions, and setting goals for achievement. My part is to assist you in developing strategies, as you discover solutions for roadblocks. I mirror back to you what I hear you say so that you can listen to yourself. Just as a map directs you to a desired destination think of me as your map or your ship set out to sea you will steer the boat and sail to your desired destination.
As you begin to move forward into a new year there may come a time when you feel stuck or come to a roadblock and seek a coach to guide you into a more desirable future.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

received a late Christmas card this year.  

     Late meaning it arrived in my mailbox on New Year's Eve, 2015.  The card had a drawing of a cute Bunny on the front and I knew immediately the Christmas card was from my dear friend, Abby who loves bunnies. We had lost contact for a few years but she always sent me a card at Christmas.

     I first met Abby through a mutual friend of ours who connected us because she felt that it would be good for us to know each other. You see, Abby and I have many common bonds. We are the same age, and size, we are both blondes, and other similarities. These commonalties that we share were not the reason that our mutual friend felt that she needed to connect us. Abby and I have both lost our teenage daughter's, and their deaths happed the same year.

     Abby's daughter Suzanne, died in a car accident on her way home from college late one evening. My daughter, Nicki died from a malignant brain tumor that lingered for three years. Both Suzanne, and Nicki were nineteen years-old when they passed from this earth into the arms of a loving God.  Abby's daughter had a sudden death, my daughter endured pain and suffering for three-years undergoing, chemotherapy, steroids, surgeries, and many hospital stays.  Abby and I often talked about the issue of sudden death, or lingering death. We concluded that there is no better way to lose a loved one, especially a child...No easy way. How we die we is not a competition. 

                                                Losing a child is the worst tragedy of all. 

     So back to the Christmas card that Abby sent to me... In another letter she wrote that her husband, Bill had been diagnosed with cancer, and that it was terminal. I never got the chance to visit him to say goodbye before he died, but I thought about him, and Abby everyday. 

    When I opened Abby's Christmas card this year, I saw a photo of Abby, her son and her daughter in law, holding a baby, Abby's new grandson. 

                                                                    Smiles so big! 

    Inside the card was a small piece of paper, 4 1/2 X 2 1/2,  it fit in the palm of my hand. On the front of the card was a subtle drawing of Jesus. With his right hand knocking on a door, His left had holding a rod. I turned the card over and there was a photo of William Carson Myers, Abby's husband. He had a big smile on his face, as the sun was setting in the background. Bill passed away on July 11, 2014. 

    We are all going to die at some time. What took my breath away was the bible verse that was inscribed below Bill's  photo...

                                      "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past."

                                                                  Isaiah 43:18

                                     Look the verse up there you will find the meaning of life!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What Is It About Men?

            I was doing some research on Men and came across this information from Shape.com 
They surveyed 14 guys ranging in age from 19-56 to find out what they wished that women knew about them.   
1. Time Flies When You’re a Man
“There is ‘man time’ and ‘woman time.’ For men, time goes by faster than for women. Einstein tried to explain this with his theory of relativity and I think it was all about trying to get along with his wife. So, the next time a guy doesn’t call or text a girl back right away or it’s been two weeks since he last said ‘I love you,’ just remember that it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care it, it just means that time passes differently for him.”  – Dr. Tom Hacket, 44, World-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon and Team Doctor for US Olympics Snowboarding
2. You’re More Powerful than You Think
“In that single moment when you glance in our direction, we lock eyes, and all we feel is our heart beating through your chest, you have us. And there is absolutely nothing we can do about it!”  – Alexander T. MacGregor, Jr., 19, Editor-in-Chief of The Boulevardier
3. We Like Shopping with You… Sometimes
“Things I wish women knew? If you trim your hair, don’t get upset if we don’t notice. Help us along by actually wearing it in a different style that day. Also, we actually like going shopping with you, as long as you let us pick out your outfit. And, sometimes we wonder why someone as amazing as you wants to be with us.”  – Lalo Fuentes, 34, Celebrity Trainer
4. We’re Not so Different
“At the gym, men are just as self conscious and check themselves out in the mirror just as much as women do. In regards to cooking, men can do more than BBQ. All you need to do is ask—but be sure to do it after the game! Oh, and, men do like salads, especially if they are topped off with bacon!” – Chuck Hughes, 34, Chef and Cooking Channel host
5. Your Teenage Tendencies are a Major Turn Off
“A few things: Insecurity is a major turn off, using the acronyms ‘lol,’ ‘lolz,’ or ‘rotfl’ should not be used by any female above the age of 15, we don’t like being called ‘dude,’ ‘friend,’ ‘bro,’ or any combination of the above because you are not our male friend, thinking Justin Bieber is cute is not cute, and finally, going to the bathroom in pairs is bewildering to us.” – Beau Davidson, 30,Country Music Recording Artist
6. I Have No Secrets
“I’ve always been told that women know everything.  Is that not accurate?”  – Steve Berry, 56, New York Times Bestselling Author
7. DVDs Don’t Make the Perfect Gift
“I wish women knew that just because we talk about our favorite movie all the time, we don’t want it on DVD as our Christmas gift. We already own it. Actually, we don’t want DVDs period. It’s 2012.” – Matt Ritter, 30, Comedian
8. There’s Always an Exception to Dating Rules
“For every rule or guideline to dating that you read about in magazines, there is always an exception!” – Kyle Erickson, 25, Celebrity Publicist
9. You’re Beautiful When You Don’t Try so Hard
“I wish women knew even though we appreciate you taking hours to get dressed and ‘put on your face,’ it’s no longer necessary. Superficial beauty catches our attention but natural beauty keeps it.”  – Thomas Edwards Jr., 26, Founder of The Professional Wingman

It seems obvious that men just want women to accept them for who they are and not for who we expect them to be. After all our brains are wired differently. 

Respect for each other, and accepting each other unconditionally can be the key to success. Listening, understanding, loving, forgiving, and wanting to succeed are factors for love to stay.

If Mars and Venus are to align it will only happen through understanding that we have take some steps to accept each other, forgive each other, and love each other, then let some things go. 

If we can choose to leave one thing unsaid at the end of each day we may have peace, and harmony.