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RCAP Presents: Motherhood, Wellness & Spirituality

(Motherhood Conversations) Calling all Mothers! For those of you in the Southern California area (or those of you who would like to come visit us for the weekend), please join me and Dr. Mimi Nartey as we co-host a day retreat for Mothers: As Mother’s Day approaches, we are all in need of a day […]

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Planning for Special Needs Families

(Speaking at Bernstein Global Wealth Management Firm in Century City, CA : Planning for Special Needs Families) Last week, I had the honor to speak as a panelist on : Planning for Special Needs Families at Alliance Bernstein’s Los Angeles office. I joined Jim Huyck, Consultant and Advocate, Karen Park, Principal at Bernstein and Andrea Ross, […]

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An Homage To My Mama

(My Mama, Zo & Me) A few weeks ago I was lamenting to my Mom about Arizona’s increasing sassiness and overall stinky pre-teen behavior. At one point I stopped and asked, “Wait, but I never went through that stage, right?” My mom smiled and responded, “Oh yes, Susanna, you had a stage.” Well, I guess […]

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World Autism Awareness DAY

(My Heart : Arizona Ray Lovell) Raising Arizona has been both my biggest challenge and joy in this life. But, in navigating through the worry and heartbreak of raising a special needs child, I have found my own true calling : helping other parents find and realize joy and passion in their own lives. And, […]

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Jack & Arizona

(Arizona and her friend Jack) Jack and Arizona have been in school together since they were 2. They met at Step by Step, moved on to Echo Horizon in the Pre-K program and when that didn’t prove to be a good fit for either of them, both ended up attending and graduating from Cheerful Helpers. […]

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Peaceful : Restful : Rejuvenating

(Sweet Dreams) Years ago, as I was entering into the deep dark depths of postpartum PURGATORY, I suddenly lost my ability to sleep. It’s like, as soon as Arizona started sleeping through the night, I stopped. I remember how it all began, distinctly. Brian (my husband), was starting to feel less wary about leaving me […]

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Being Flexible

(Like daughter, like mother) One of Arizona’s biggest challenges in life has been her inability to be flexible when plans change or she doesn’t get to do her own idea. She practices “being flexible” in her social skills group and worked on it daily when she was a student at Cheerful Helpers. What I recently […]

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Newborn Memories

(Me and My Teddy : Love) My youngest sister Shenandoah had her first baby on October 9th; a boy named Teddy. I have other siblings and 8 nieces and nephews from them, but there was something special about this particular birth, probably because my sister was really my first baby. She was born when I […]

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Embracing Change

A lot of unexpected things happened within the past few months : a surprise appendectomy, sad news about a fellow special needs mom passing from cancer, a costly auto repair, Arizona adjusting to the meaty load of 3rd grade homework, mercury in retrograde, the black moon – ha! The list goes on.. Like Arizona, I’m […]

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The Motherhood Evolution, by Suzi Lula

(Suzi Lula and The Motherhood Evolution)   My long time mentor, dear friend and colleague, Suzi Lula‘s new book, “The Motherhood Evolution : How Thriving Mothers Raise Thriving Children” is challenging the way we think about Motherhood. Suzi is on a mission to transform the very face of Motherhood from one of exhaustion, overwhelm and […]

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