About the Author

Christie Cruise, Ph.D., is president of the board of directors for the International Women’s Writing Guild. Her work has appeared in numerous periodicals, including Gumbo Magazine, Remington Review, Gallery & Studio Arts, Sunspot Literary Journal, Black Minds Mag, and more.

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  1. Loved this. Grieving process is hard but it can also teach us some valuable lessons about life.

  2. You are truly an amazing woman who I am truly honored to call my baby sister! And yes, you get that free spirit from our incredible mother! Truly loved!

  3. Excellent piece. I too am walking with the grief of my youngest daughter that was killed this past September 2022. Your writing encourages me to complete the task I have to do before retirement in the next Five years, and then be free to travel. Thanks again, I appreciate your transparency.

  4. I just love your round-table thoughts and execution aroused from the love of your mom. I can feel your mindfulness in thought and heart, but only to open your heart and mind after much travel just to find out that you’re where you wanted to be. I love it.

  5. I cannot imagine how liberating that must have felt. We often fail to realize what has us bound. Ot might not necessarily be things but it could be something like our “image” or “titles.” I think we each should identify that thing or those things that ha e us in bondage.

  6. Great story. I lost my mom this pass March 2023. I’m still try to figure it out I wish that I was able to take time off like that. Not to travel but gather my thoughts & deal with my pain. Thank you for sharing.

  7. What a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing. I’m an only child (65 yoa) and my dear sweet mommy transitioned to glory September 19, 2020, and the pain I felt after Mom’s passing cut to my core. After reading several books on grief, one by David Kessler – Stages of Grief noted “pain is evitable; suffering is optional.” And Lord knows, Mom would not want me to suffer. When we have a moment of sadness, allow it to happen, give yourself some grace and recite Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  8. This is so beautiful and I feel so blessed to have shared the times and conversations we have had. I hope I gave you half of what you’ve given me.
    Amazing woman, beautiful friend ❤️

  9. Christie Cruise I’m so grateful and excited to be able to share with you the scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you. ” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Keep following His directions as you continue climbing. Always seek to be what you want as we have discussed many times. I ❤️ you and truly enjoyed reading the article. You nailed it my Christie Cruise God Bless you. E. Lady Ashley ❤️

  10. Thanks so much for sharing your feelings and life with us. This makes me know that I’m not alone when I experience hardships, joy and pain. I look forward to reading about your next moments of truth. In the meantime, know you are loved and appreciated by those you may not see daily. Sending hugs from far away. 🤗

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