"Grief Sucks" is a transformative guide that offers solace, guidance, and a roadmap through the labyrinth of loss. This workbook provides profound insights and actionable strategies to help you navigate the complex emotions and challenges that grief brings.

With wisdom gleaned from personal experience and a deep understanding of the human psyche, one finds a narrative that resonates with anyone who has faced loss. "Grief Sucks" goes beyond traditional approaches to grief, offering a fresh perspective that encourages embracing life's marshmallow-dropping moments – those pivotal instances where you choose growth over stagnation, self-discovery over complacency, and transformation over conformity.

Delve into the GRIEF framework, explore the realms of Guilt, Rumination, Impermanence, Expectations, and Fear, and learn how to navigate them with intention and purpose. Discover the power of reconstructing your identity, rebuilding resilience, and crafting a life that resonates with authenticity and fulfillment. The wisdom found in this workbook extends beyond grief, fostering a mindset that empowers you to live life forward, escape conformity, and become the author of your own narrative.

If you're seeking a roadmap through the challenges of grief and a transformative approach to embracing life's uncertainties, "Grief Sucks" is your companion on this profound journey of self-discovery, growth, and recovery.

The Hero's Journey provides a conceptual life map that guides individuals in understanding that significant personal growth and transformation are part of life. The arc of the journey involves confronting challenges, learning lessons, winning victories, and returning transformed as a symbol of what is possible.

If we strip it down to its essence, Possibility in Action™ is the code with which a hero’s journey is written. It is understanding that life is to be lived in the here and now. There is no waiting. There is no right moment. There is only action – NOW. Not one philosopher said, "just read all these books." They said, "take what resonates with you and put it into action."

At its core, Possibility in Action™ is taking desire for positive transformation and putting it into action.

I was compelled to write this book to share moments of reflection I’ve experienced. I call them musings. Pondering concepts similar to these led me to those wonderful Ah-ha moments that helped wake me up to living my life authentically. I realized curiosity is the key to transformation.

It all starts with understanding yourself and how you think. In other words, it starts with awareness and perspective because you and only you can change your life. Only you can change how you think, how you feel, and how you live.

The future will happen with or without your input, be active, be conscious, take action, and make it happen for you!

“You are about to read a love story, a story of triumph, a story of drive, passion, compassion and about a courageous fight in the face of adversity. I came to know Dr. Desiree Pardi as someone who was always chasing her dream; she did not just pursue the dream in order to catch up; she caught up with her dream, outsmarted that dream and pursued another, and another, and another.  Chasing Life is the perfect title for this labor of love, a portrait of an incredible young woman pursuing her passion, surpassing every expectation and then moving forward again until she could go no further because of a devastating and aggressive disease.  But anyone who met Desiree casually would never have known any of that. Her cheerful countenance, her enthusiasm, her bright smile never betrayed the battle she was fighting or her drive to satisfy her curiosity, create new scientific knowledge or take exceptional care of her patients.” - Excerpted from the foreword by Suzanne Rose, MD, MSEd, Senior Vice Dean for Medical Education, Perelman School of Medicine, The University of Pennsylvania

Rob and Des were an attractive, enviable New York couple – when at the height of their everything were given life shattering news. Desiree, just about to turn 31, was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer.

They did not let cancer paint the canvas of their life. This decision, while bringing them even closer and taking their partnership to a level neither could ever have imagined. Robert’s role shifted from husband and investment banker to full-time caregiver during her 11-year journey with cancer.

This is a story of the evolution of one person and the awakening of another. Chasing Life is a story of love, joy, resilience, and extraordinary achievements against all odds. It’s about a couple uniting to rise above complacency and adversity to live a joyful life congruent with beliefs, passions, and values. It highlights the need to live life in the present moment. It's about learning to savor life while we are alive.

This is a story for anyone at any age and at any stage in their life.  It is to bring us back to play. It is for those who want to grow and transform by losing themselves in wonder and curiosity.  It is for those who want to reconnect to their imagination and childlike enthusiasm.

A child’s world is one of curiosity, optimism, wonder, creativity, and unreserved enthusiasm. It's a world where there are no ordinary moments, where each moment is infused with uninhibited joy, playfulness, and living wholeheartedly.

Yet, all too often, as one “grows up” they burden themselves with a mindset of responsibilities, obligations, and behaviors they equate with being “an adult.” Life then becomes less fun and more of a struggle, a competition, and a never-ending to-do list. In turn, that precious connection to their inner child, who once had big dreams and joy, is severed.

Play is vital for our mental and physical wellbeing – it is that simple. 

We no longer live in an information age, but an input age. We are bombarded with input. However, by reconnecting to your uncomplicated inner child you will naturally tune out unnecessary inputs and reinfuse your life with what Einstein called “a childlike inclination for play”.

A Pimby Tale, a book my inner child wanted to write, was written in the spirit of play. It's a whimsical tale of transformation and reconnecting to the wonder and magic in life, guiding the reader to not lose sight of Possibilities, Imagination, Magic, Believing, and You. 

As Filbert the PIMBY said, “Most people, as they get older, let their light go out, but for you, as you have been connecting to your imagination, the light is beginning to shine."

“Our stories are the greatest gift we can give.” - Robert Pardi