This blog is dedicated to my beautiful daughter, Shayna Elayne Smith, who passed from this world in June 2015.

Shayna continues to guide, inspire, push, and prod me. She has shown me signs of her continued and remains a daily presence in my life.

She is my inspiration for the work I do.

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Day 2752- I’m So Excited

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A couple of weeks ago, I hired a business growth consultant. I’m coming up on four years of running Grief 2 Growth. I’ve been splitting my time between two businesses. It’s time to go all in on my passion. It’s scary. But I know it’s the right time. In these four years, I’ve acquired a […]

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Day 2479- Life Itself Is A Risk

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Last night I settled in to watch my beloved Bengals take on the Buffalo Bills in a game that could clinch the division for us. I’ve been a Bengals fan for 50 years. This is the first time in about 40 years our team has been any good, making a Super Bowl run last year […]

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Day 2713- The Agony Of Defeat

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It’s a sad day in Buckeye nation. We lost The Game to ❌ichigan yesterday. As if to mock our tears, the skies opened up last night and poured buckets from the sky. On the fourth Saturday of the month, two days after Thanksgiving, Ohio State and The Team Up North (TTUN) strap up and go […]

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Day 2672-Everything Must Go

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Well, it’s time. We opened Treasured Locks twenty years ago, this past April. Kayla was five, and Shayna was two years old. The idea was to make enough extra money that we could go out once or twice a month and pay for dinner and a babysitter. I had no idea that Treasured Locks would […]

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Day 2663- Helping Parents Heal Conference

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Oh. My. God. It’s Monday morning, August 22, 2022. I’m writing from my bed in the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass in my wannabe hometown, Phoenix, AZ. I first visited the desert nearly 30 years ago. I immediately fell in love. I love hot, dry weather. Phoenix is where I should have been born. This […]

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Day 2657- They Are Trying To Get Your Attention

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Because I’m so open about my experiences with the afterlife, people feel free to stop me in the street and ask me if their experience is normal or if they’re going crazy. Every day I walk the same six-mile route. So, I often run into the same people. I’ve gotten to know one of the […]

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Day 2623- Signs From The HPH Conference

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This weekend at the Helping Parents Heal conference, Suzanne Giesemann talked about her daughter Susan sending butterflies as a sign. Suzanne opened and closed the meeting. Whenever I hear Suzanne speak, I hope she will mention Shayna because Shayna has dropped in on Suzanne. Shayna was part of a presentation Suzanne gave at the first […]

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Day 2607- English Family Reunion

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Today is the English family reunion in Columbus. My mother’s side of the family has had family reunions, religiously, since I can remember. This year’s comes on what is probably the worst weekend of the year for me. I’m behind on preparing for the Trauma Recovery Summit in October. It’s the most work I’ve ever […]

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Day 2602- A Facebook Memory

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One of the things I love most about Facebook is the “today in history” feature, otherwise known as a Facebook memory. Post a picture on Facebook, and on the anniversary of that posting, Facebook will drag it up and put it on your timeline reminding you of what you were doing on this day a […]

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Day 2594- Bad Dancer

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This morning I was in the basement packing orders. I had the music cranked up, discovering some new artists as I let Apple Music curate my playlist. I was dancing around and thought about what a terrible dancer I am. I thought about the time I won a dance contest at a club in Miami […]

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Day 2587- Signs & Synchronicities

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Lately, there have been a lot of signs and synchronistic events. They’re often very small things. Like a few days ago I was out walking thinking about the dogs I often see along my route. I was thinking of one I used to play with just about every morning. He would come to the door […]

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My Dream of Uncle Ronnie

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In my dream, I was at some sort of a family event. I thought it was a family reunion. And Uncle Ronnie was there. He was about the age he was when he passed two years ago, in his late 70s. He had his bald shaved head and had the gray beard he had for […]

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Day 2556- Shayna’s 7 Year Angelversary

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Day 2504- Keeping Focused On The Pain

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Pain is one of life’s mysteries. Our bodies have evolved to give us this sensation, which we will avoid at all costs. Pain is a warning. It tells us to remove our hands from the hot stove. In fact, our nervous system is built so that you will withdraw your hand before your brain has […]

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Wordle Magic

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My friend, Carolyn Clapper, isn’t just your ordinary medium or medical medium even. Carolyn is off-the-charts good at mediumship and figuring out medical ailments in others. A newly discovered talent is Carolyn can communicate with Shayna to figure out the word of the day in Wordle. It’s not exactly a practical ability. But, for me, […]

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