Breakthrough to Happy™ is a system for reclaiming joy and developing a happy, successful life after experiencing losses and challenges. I help people with life after loss…activating resilience to reclaim a happy life. I am committed to helping people transform their personal and professional future by recognizing that the story of their past is really a springboard to a more positive future. We do this together by using breakthrough tools of resilience, implementing positive changes, and creating focus and momentum for writing the future in a whole new way.

crownofresistanceSomeone once told me I was the Queen of Resilience. I wear that crown proudly, because it represents all that I am, all that I’ve experienced, and the potential that I see for my future. My story is one of incredible love, and devastating heartbreak. It’s a story of deep loss, and unimaginable tragedy. And yet, it’s a story of victory and triumph. It’s a very full life.

And it’s all mine.

I used to wake up every morning with joy. But after my son died, the foggy bliss would quickly shift as my brain roused from sleep. It would hit me, and the bliss would dissolve quickly into waves of sadness. My inner voice told me that sorrow was my only option.

One morning I awoke to the sounds of my baby boy, Jackson, giggling. He was just a year old when I lost Garrett. He was laughing at the sun as it poured into the room and every time he looked at it, it made him sneeze, one sneeze after another. His giggling was infectious and I burst into laughter. The sound of my own laughter was almost unrecognizable to me. I hadn’t heard it in so long. Funny, I couldn’t find a bit of sadness in that early morning moment, only joy.

On that day I had a mystical magical revelation. I realized happiness is a choice you get to make every day as the sun rises. [read full article]

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How to Find Happiness after Recovering from a Loss

by Sandy Breakthrough to Happy
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There’s not a person on this earth who’s immune to change, transition, or suffering. Every single one of us have times in our lives when suddenly we are in the throes of chaos, or loss, or change of heart… and it turns our world upside down. I know, because suddenly, without warning, my life changed. […]

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Surviving the Loss of a Child, 1 Step at a Time

by Sandy How to Survive the Loss of a Child
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 My beautiful boy, Garrett. He was at the top of his game when suddenly, on December 19th many years ago he died of bacterial meningitis.  On this day, I am grateful to my son for giving me the gift of insight and the gift of life.  My life.  In his loss, I learned how to […]

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The Pearly Gates…Learning How to Invite Miracles Into Your Life

by Sandy How to Survive the Loss of a Child
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Learning How to Invite Miracles into Your Life I was raised in the Presbyterian Church, and yet I am not sure what I really believed about heaven. I never had to know. I know for sure, I believed if I was a good girl, nothing bad would ever happen. I was so very young when […]

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Enchanted Love

by Sandy Forgiveness
Enchanted Love

Love Doesn’t Always Come Just Once in a Lifetime… How the act of forgiveness can be the first step in returning to Love “Grilling some eggplant…I’ve been thinking about pesto, prosciutto, Roma tomatoes, grilled eggplant and toasted sourdough bread all day. The Panini maker is coming out of the cupboard and hallelujah! Can’t decide on […]

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9 Steps to Writing Your Script for the Life You Deserve

by Sandy Breakthrough to Happy
Writing Your Script...for a Life You Love

Writing Your Script…for a Life You Love You never could have told me the day I married David Peckinpah, several decades ago, that I would not be married forever. I visualized my whole life, from that day forward, extending into a lifetime. On the night we first met, we walked along the beach in Monterey […]

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Interrupting Patterns and Reclaiming Joy

by Sandy Breakthrough to Happy
Interrupting Patterns and Reclaiming Joy

How a Trip to Italy Changed My Life Discovering “Pattern Interrupters™” for Reclaiming Joy Do you ever experience moments in time when you’re sure people have been put there as angel messengers? The more I reflect on defining moments in my life, the more I can document with certainty, there divine intervention. It was in […]

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