A few months ago, I was approached to produce a guest writer article for insidewink. I was SO excited! Insidewink is an awesome website with the tagline: Share the Good. Founded by Jean Trebeck, Alison Martin and Trish Geiger, their intention is always to be uplifting in a responsible, earthy, common sense way (sorta the anti-Goop). And they have so much fun with it! So you can imagine when they tapped me for a guest spot I was all over it!
My assignment: I was to write anything I wanted to as long as it was about New Beginnings. Huh. I couldn’t say no thank you, New Beginnings just wasn’t my thing. You don’t say no thank you to Alex Trebeck’s wife! Instead, I took it as a challenge and meditated on it (which means I sat my ass down on the hand-me-down love seat in my home office, hugged my coffee and stared out the window, waiting for the muse to tell me what to do).
New Beginnings were always hard for me. It didn’t help that New Beginnings are so often presented in the media as an opportunity, a time to celebrate, shed the old, embrace the new! In my life, New Beginnings felt more like how Rose must have felt after falling off the Titanic, on that frozen raft. I imagine her thinking, “Well, Plan A just sank down to Davey Jone’s locker. Die or start over? Die? Start over? Guess it’s time for a New Beginning! Now, where’s that whistle?” Yeah, like that.
I couldn’t be alone in that feeling. There had to be plenty of people who felt like they “had no choice” but to start over. So I wrote New Beginnings Are Not For Wimps for us.
Elvira G. Aletta, PhD, Founder & CEO
Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness.
Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms.
Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.
Today Dr. Aletta enjoys mentoring the EWN therapists, focusing on coaching and psychotherapy clients, writing and speaking. She is proud and confident that Explore What’s Next can provide you with therapists who will help you regain a sense of safety, control and joy.
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