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Where Are You in Your Journey of Life and Love?

Vondie and Henry - Dublin, Ireland 2014Monday is the one year anniversary of losing my dog, Mia. As some of you know this was a HUGE loss for me (See Puppy Love: Mia and Me).

But, whenever we love, there is the risk of loss. And with grief comes soul searching. I found myself opening up spiritually. I began exploring life after death. And I now believe that our loved ones are still with us after they go. And we will see them again. This gives me hope. (See Is Heaven for Real?)

I also know our loved ones don’t want us to suffer. They want us to live life to the fullest.

I just got back from Ireland — my first trip overseas. I’ve basically spent my life being a “scaredy-cat.” But, Henry is from Europe and quite the world traveler. And he’s been itching to get back there. So I took the plunge, got my passport and we did it. We spent two wonderful weeks in Ireland.

There were the usual hangups – like adjusting to driving on the “other” side of the road. (Note: they don’t call it the “wrong” side of the road. :)

But, it was so beautiful — especially the remote and wild places where life is so different from the hectic frantic pace of life in L.A.

And what I got most was — the people are kind and helpful and good. (Dubliners especially. They stopped us repeatedly to offer help when we didn’t even ask. We just looked lost!)

I realized we’re not so different from each other– wherever we live.

And there’s really nothing to be afraid of.

I’m thinking it’s time to get a puppy. Honestly, we’re hoping to get two.

Life is good.


I’d love to hear how you are and where you are in your journey of life and love.


I’ve posted pics from our Ireland trip on my facebook page. Just click here.

Vonda (“Vondie”) Lozano, Ph.D., is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Hypnotherapist. She’s been featured in Cosmopolitan, the Wall Street Journal and on KABC Talk Radio. Vondie offers hypnosis, counseling, and workshops in Ventura. Nearby cities include Camarillo, Ojai and Oxnard.

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