The personal blog of Dr. Jennifer Gardella

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What’s Your One Thing?

What’s Your One Thing?

Have you read the book, The One Thing by Gary Keller?  It is a fascinating little read which makes a call to just focus all of your attention on One Thing.  The author backs up the old Native American Quote: If you chase two rabbits you will lose them both. Now, when...

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Do You Have the Right to a Thanksgiving?

Do You Have the Right to a Thanksgiving?

Whenever I have an less than stellar experience with a particular company, I always feel obligated to let the manager/owner know.  And since John's (my ex-husband), there have been many times where I have been stuck as the "only parent available" and encountered some...

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Don’t Believe the Magical Hype

Don’t Believe the Magical Hype

Look at this...here I am at the age of 50...running through the finish line at Disney's Animal Kingdom for the fall cast/family 5k.  I am happy...I look awesome...I look fit...in shape...I look like one of those crazy Disney lunatics with my ears that match the theme...

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Getting to Me

Bonding with the cocaine fueled rat in my head
A Year Ago Today

A Year Ago Today

As I wake up this Easter, April 4, 2021, I sit in wonder of my life.  Part, "how did this happen," and part "this is amazing."  For those who do not know, on this day, one year ago, I left a marriage that was not working - a blended family that was a pot of boiling...

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After Divorce:  Is it Possible to Love Again

After Divorce: Is it Possible to Love Again

Finding Love.... I have done the work...danced with the demons...been brought to my knees for days on end as I allowed myself to feel emotional pain.  I have rebuilt my friendships, my relationships with my children, my business and the inner workings of me.  My...

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Faith from a Non-Bible Thumping Bible Reader

Faith from a Non-Bible Thumping Bible Reader

Ask and It is given Knock and the door will be opened And have the faith of a mustard seed When you go through a difficult situation, where you might not see a clear path, call in those phrases and passages from the scripture that mean the most to you.  For me, in my...

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Parenting

& Co-parenting & Only Parenting

Oh How I Miss You

Oh How I Miss You

A few weeks ago, on our last night of Safe Harbor I was given the question "if you could go forward to see the future or go back in time, what would you do?"  I responded without hesitation, "I would go back in time to a moment when John was completely coherent.  I...

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The Only Parent Available

The Only Parent Available

Last Sunday it hit me like a ton of bricks....it was the one year anniversary of my new title of "only parent." The "only parent" who would take her to get her hair and make-up done for prom.  The only parent she would have at the end-of-season swim and cheer  team...

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The Squares

The Squares

As many of you know, on July 1, 2017 we lost my ex-husband John Wengler after his 81 day battle with Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer.  At the end of his life I started thinking of how we were all going to move forward and was a bit overwhelmed realizing my responsibility in...

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