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.

Jim-Sandy-88Haven’t you always wanted to be the star of your own life…the leading lady, front and center, top of the marquis? As a little girl I used to dream of being on stage, but not as a stagehand or an extra, I was the star in my dreams. Weren’t you?

Somewhere along the way, our confidence, self-esteem and worthiness diminish. Bullying can do it. So can a cruel teacher, or a parent who didn’t support your uniqueness.

SandyBirthday-1955As a little girl, I was often teased because of my fiery red hair and freckles. In 5th grade, a boy spit in my face and shouted, “I’d rather be dead than red!” It broke my heart, but also made me want to do something remarkable to prove him wrong, even if I did have red hair.

My life challenges didn’t end there. Not even close…Toward the end of my 42nd year, I experienced the worst that can happen. My 16 year old son woke up with fever, he was dead the next morning. The doctor’s misdiagnosis of the flu turned out to be the silent deadly killer, bacterial meningitis. Until that day, I thought I had a fairy tale life. [read full article]

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Stepping Stones: Creative Activities To Heal Chaos

by Sandy Breakthrough to Happy
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Funny thing about tragedy, it often makes the creative mind wake up. Suddenly your thoughts are not the same as they were yesterday. Your brain comes alive with activity. It recalls memories, heightens imagination, and in a flash you view life through different eyes. Your life is in chaos and your mind cries out to […]

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10 Traits of Resilient People, Revealed

by Sandy Breakthrough to Happy
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Someone 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 […]

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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

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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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