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Are you dealing with prescription drug withdrawal and/or high stress levels? Are you looking for support, direction, and a plan? Message me for more info. if you are struggling with Antidepressant Withdrawal, Benzodiazepine Withdrawal, or issues related to chronic stress. There is a way forward.

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"“Michael helped me in a way that no doctor or therapist has been able to! His personal experience combined with his optimistic, constructive input and guidance is priceless. I highly recommend his coaching sessions to anyone going through withdrawal.” Shelly, Ohio

"Because of Michael I feel supported and not so alone. It's comforting to talk to someone who has gone through the same ordeal and actually healed from it. The feedback he sends after our talks is very useful and encouraging, and I would definitely recommend his services."

 Kathy, CA

"Michael's Personalized Progress Plan and session notes are extremely helpful; not many coaches online do that sort of thing at all. I would absolutely, 100 percent recommend his coaching services." 

Brooke, OH

"Michael is very encouraging and motivating, and his follow-up notes are invaluable. I would absolutely recommend his services to anyone out there who is going through tapering or withdrawal." Brett, CA

January 2021  at The Lovely Grind

THIS MONTH WE ARE FOCUSING ON

GOALS & FITNESS

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What are the biggest milestones in your life thus far? What things do you count among your biggest accomplishments?

Maybe something involving home, school, or work comes to mind. Maybe something involving health.

Maybe you’ve built a satisfying professional or family life. Maybe you’ve recently saved money for a new car or paid down your debt. Maybe you’ve quit smoking or you’ve lost fifty pounds.

All of these things are grand accomplishments! They are challenges that take a lot of heart and determination to meet, no doubt about it.

But make no mistake about this: If you are currently in the midst of tapering off of a benzodiazepine or antidepressant medication (or if you’ve already quit one and are experiencing withdrawal effects), then you are in the process of meeting the largest challenge of your life. There are few things that compare.

If you are in the process of moving from a life on such medications to a life without them, then you are in the midst of navigating one of the most monumental transitions that modern man can make. And one of the most rewarding.

Don’t fear the antidepressant/benzodiazepine withdrawal & healing process, but take it seriously, and constantly congratulate yourself for what you are doing. It is a challenge that, unfortunately, many people give up on, and many more never even attempt.

I can still remember when I was first prescribed antianxiety medications. I was twenty-one years old and entering my final year of journalism school at UW-Madison. I was taking summer classes to keep my graduation timetable on schedule, and I’d begun experiencing terrible panic attacks in one of my classrooms.

That classroom will forever live in infamy for me. It was a tiny, windowless little rectangle of an antiquated room; it was carpeted in vomitous orange, paneled in dusty wood, and lacked anything in the way of ambience or inspiration. It felt suffocating.

The tables in that classroom were arranged into a square to facilitate small-group discussion, but the arrangement mostly served to facilitate a sort of fishbowl feeling for me. When my face began turning red and I began sweating—when my heart began pounding and some terrible pressure in my head began swelling—I felt as if everyone was staring at me, wondering what my problem was. And I felt frozen.

There I was, a free man in a free country, but I didn’t feel as if I could simply leave the room when the strange feelings intensified. So I suffered, and suffered some more. It would take me most of the day to calm down from those attacks, and then I would begin worrying about the next one. I’d grab a beer from the fridge and play my guitar on the couch to try forgetting the whole thing, but the anxiety was consuming me.

I white-knuckled it and finished that summer class— to the detriment of my well-being—but by the end of the semester I was ready to drop out of school.

However, I didn’t drop out. Instead, at the suggestion of my parents, I saw a family doctor back home, a man who prescribed me the SSRI Paxil and a small bottle of Xanax.

I didn’t know what to think about taking those medications.

Now, it must be noted that I was a proud and passionate university student. I was someone who got all A’s (only one fluke B in the course of my first seven and a half semesters), and I wanted, more than anything, to graduate successfully; however, I didn’t want to think that the only reason I’d graduated successfully was because some foreign medications had “fixed me.”

It was a real mental dilemma. Should I begin swallowing the pills? If I do take them, I wondered, and I do end up graduating as planned, would it be me doing the work, or would it be, in effect, the medications doing the work for me?

But I resolved to stop asking such questions. I began taking the Paxil and Xanax, I finished my senior year with straight A’s, and I graduated in the top 2 percent of my class, which numbered nearly 4,000 students.

I’m still extremely proud of myself for finishing out college, even if perhaps I should have taken a year off to simply catch my breath and deal with whatever anxiety was plaguing me. And I’m proud of many other accomplishments in my life, too. I’m proud of my seventeen-year marriage (as those of you out there who are married know, it takes work); I’m proud of various professional accomplishments; I’m proud of the many writings I’ve done over the years; and I’m proud of the fact that I’ve quit cigarettes, gotten into good physical shape, and become a regular runner.

But perhaps I’ll never be as proud of anything as I am of having quit the Paxil and Xanax after nearly a decade and a half of use. That, as it turned out, was the challenge of my life.

It was a challenge that didn’t simply last a semester or even a year; I began tapering my medications around December of 2012, I took the last doses in January of 2014, and then I fought through a protracted prescription drug withdrawal that sapped my strength and left me, at times, questing my sanity and wondering if I would die.

Antidepressant withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal are no joke. They are an international health crisis at this point, and they were the seminal health struggle of my adult life.

But I continued to move forward; with the help of my wife, my family, and my God, I survived the worst of days, made sense of my situation, and slowly began rebuilding my strength. And it is a rebuilding process. Again, it is a transition. A monumental one. Both the body and mind become extremely accustomed to operating beneath the pixie-dust filters of antidepressant and benzo medications, and when they are taken away our body and mind are forced to once again make sense of daily processes, stimuli, needs, emotions, and thoughts without the medications around.

And as much as the withdrawal and healing process is a physical one—a process of GABA and Serotonin receptors regenerating—it is also a psychological, emotional, and spiritual one. It is a process of learning how to separate symptoms from self; it is a process of learning how to once again live at peace with ourselves; it is a process of learning how to manage stress and anxiety through natural means, which takes practice; and it is a process of finding God and fulfillment and inner peace without medications. Because really, isn’t that what we are all seeking in the first place? God, fulfillment, excitement, and inner peace?

Are you searching for inner peace right now? If so, I want you to know that it will arrive for you, but it just takes a little time and few adjustments.

If you are currently in the process of tapering, withdrawing, and healing from antidepressant medications or benzodiazepine medications, remember that it is a process. Be patient with your symptoms, and yourself, as you go through the varied stages and continue to find your footing and strength.

Remember, this is the challenge of your life, and many days just surviving will be the accomplishment of your life! Feel very proud about what you are doing, and never get discouraged that things are “taking too long.”

Real changes take time, and real good health—the kind without prescription meds—takes consistent effort. We must consistently care for ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. There are no shortcuts. The trick, then, is to eventually make real self-care enjoyable because it is a part of our larger goal-setting structure and worldview. It is part of what gives us fulfillment.

Some people might tell you that making the transition from a life on medications to a life without them is impossible. Doctors, psychiatrists, and even concerned family members might tell you that making that transition is impossible. But I know that isn’t the case.

I’ve done it, and it has given me a sense of accomplishment and inner strength that continues to spill over into every other area of my life. It truly is meeting the challenge of a lifetime! It can be done, it just takes time. So be patient with yourself. And be very proud of what you are doing.

Michael Priebe is a writer and personal development coach who has studied psychology, literature, and print journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with honors. and over the years he has used both fiction and nonfiction formats to write about health, sports, professional life, politics, relationships, and spiritual issues. He puts out a variety of spiritually inspiring content at The Lovely Grind, and he blogs about his life at www.michaelpriebewriter.com. He invites you to reach out to him on Facebook and Twitter.

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Did you enjoy this article by Michael Priebe? If so, you will enjoy his new e-books & videos about prescription drug withdrawal, healing, and spiritual connection. Just click on the links or photos below to order one or all of these new healing tools today!

Show Me the Way of Life

Based on the powerful poetry of the Psalms, Show Me the Way of Life offers fourteen daily devotions for those going through benzodiazepine withdrawal and/or antidepressant withdrawal. These devotions help readers to stay spiritually connected while finding emotional and mental relief from antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.

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I Call You Friend

Based on the powerful & comforting Gospel words of Jesus, these fourteen daily devotions offer peace, perspective, and healing to those who are going through antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal. The messages in this book allow readers to find spiritual connection while helping to ease the mental and emotional symptoms of SSRI withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal.

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Lead Me Beside Still Waters

Based on the powerful poetry of the Psalms, Lead Me Beside Still Waters of Life offers fourteen daily devotions for those going through benzodiazepine withdrawal and/or antidepressant withdrawal. These devotions help readers to stay spiritually connected while finding emotional and mental relief from antidepressant withdrawal and/or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.

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More Than a Glimpse of Hell

What was my life like during my Paxil Withdrawal and my Xanax withdrawal? What lessons did I learn as I healed? In this book I offer candid word portraits of my daily life during withdrawal. I show readers how I struggled to manage my many symptoms, how I dealt with frustrating doctor's appointments, how I kept my job, how I maintained my family relationships, how I made sense of my newly resurfaced emotions, and ultimately how I found the courage and motivation I needed to secure healing and happiness.

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PREMIUM VIDEOS ABOUT WITHDRAWAL & HEALING

"The Healing Power of Thinking Outside the Box" (Video)

The Healing Power of Thinking Outside the Box

Antidepressant/benzodiazepine withdrawal is a unique challenge, and so it stands to reason that our approach to healing from that withdrawal must be unique as well. After taking Paxil & Xanax for nearly 15 years I decided to stop the medications, and the resulting withdrawal and healing process, while difficult, taught me important lessons about finding better health and happiness. In this video I discuss the dangerous groupthink that exists in the health-care and withdrawal communities, and I go on to talk about the importance of independent thinking when it comes to healing. If you're ready to find better health and greater measures of healing, then check out this new video is my Outside the Box Healing series!

"Avoid This One Thing While Healing!"

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Avoid This One Thing While Healing!

There are a lot of confusing and conflicting opinions out there regarding the things we ought to do or ought not to do in order to find healing from antidepressant withdrawal and benzodiazepine withdrawal. While I myself don't subscribe to a rigid list of "Dos and Don'ts" regarding healing, I do believe that there is one thing that everyone going through withdrawal needs to avoid! Find out what that one thing is in this new video from my Outside the Box Healing series!

WORKDAY DEVOTIONALS

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Are you seeking ways to better cope with the stress and hectic pace of the daily grind? Are you seeking greater meaning and fulfillment out of it all? The Uncommon Grind: Spiritual Motivation for Workdays offers readers fifteen daily workday devotional messages meant to aid spiritual growth, personal development, and professional fulfillment. Each message includes two applicable Scripture verses, a discussion of a particular professional/workday challenge, and a motivational idea meant to spur personal growth. Readers will love this new e-book from Michael Priebe, author of The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays.

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True Professional Development

Are you seeking ways to better cope with the stress and hectic pace of the daily grind? Are you seeking greater meaning and fulfillment out of it all? True Professional Development offers readers fifteen daily workday devotional messages meant to aid spiritual growth, personal development, and professional fulfillment. Each message includes two applicable Scripture verses, a discussion of a particular professional/workday challenge, and a motivational idea meant to spur personal growth. Readers will love this new e-book from Michael Priebe, author of The Lovely Grind: Spiritual Inspiration for Workdays.

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THE LOVELY GRIND: SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR WORKDAYS offers 90 devotional messages that will help you find rest, renewal, and perspective for your workweek and beyond.

WHAT IS YOUR STRUGGLE RIGHT NOW? Difficult coworkers? A lack of professional fulfillment? Financial concerns? Balancing work with the rest of your life?

By discussing a variety of professional stressors and personal-life challenges and then offering spiritual and thought-provoking perspective on each, THE LOVELY GRIND gives readers a truly unique devotional experience.

Get a copy for yourself and don't forget to order one for a friend or family member who has been feeling fatigued or stressed out lately. Come join THE LOVELY GRIND & start living lovely!

CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING

If you or someone you know is struggling to survive the pain and confusion of prescription drug withdrawal or chronic stress, I would like to offer my coaching services. Stress can suck the joy out of life, and the withdrawal process can be challenging (I know from experience). However, with the proper tools and mindset, these things can be survived and even used for greater growth. If you or someone you care about is trying to quit antidepressant or benzodiazepine medications (or simply trying to reduce stress levels), please click here to email me about coaching options and availability.


A MESSAGE OF SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

Everything belongs to you . . . the whole world and life and death; the present and the future. Everything belongs to you, and you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God. 1 Corinthians 3: 21-23 NLT

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. Romans 15:13 NIV


"Everything belongs to you, the whole world and life and death; the present and the future."

How are those above words for encouragement? Everything belongs to you; life or death, present or future!


Those words mean that no matter what stress or sadness might be nagging at us this holiday season, focusing on the true significance of December 25th gives us hope, a hope that covers both this life and the next.


And that HOPE is the most important Christmas gift of all: hope for the present, hope for the future.


Please enjoy the following message about Christmas and that all-important "H" word, hope. (Just a note, this post was originally published in 2018, and no, the first snow-storm of the year has not yet hit Wisconsin ... but it's coming, and I'm not looking forward to it!)



The older I get, the more painful and joyless winter in Wisconsin can seem at times. When I was younger, winter was a season to embrace. Like the other three, it had its own endearing nuances and unique gifts. As a grade-schooler, the bitter cold simply meant that more time would be spent indoors reading books, watching TV, or whistling away the hours engaging in any other favorite activity, and even in college, I didn’t mind the opportunity to huddle in a library or in a bar to get cozy as a thick blanket of frost covered the outside world for a few months.

But somehow as I got older—as my days become more hectic and more filled with anxieties related to work and commutes and bills and errands—my views on winter began to change. The cold air was now bitter instead of playful; it was now a scourge that killed car batteries and turned grocery shopping into a crucible. And the snow was no longer a gift from the heavens meant to facilitate recreation such as fort building and sledding; it was now a plague that slowed down driving and necessitated so many wasted hours of shoveling.

It’s been said that pain changes people, and so much can change as we get older, because we all experience pain. The days and seasons that used to bring us effortless joy can start to seem long and dreary sometimes, and even the Christmas season can start to seem like a bane as we battle crowded stores and lament the receding horizons of our checking accounts; as we get older, although we don’t often like to admit it, we might also start to lament the receding horizons of our days here on this earth. Maybe things like Christmas and birthdays and New Year’s were cool when we were younger, but now they just mean more stress, and they also mean that we are one year closer to death.

Those thoughts are cynical, I know, but have you ever felt cynical like that? I have, but none of us has to entertain such a weary outlook for long, because of what Christmas truly represents—and I’m not talking about presents or an ornately decorated tree or even time away from work. I’m talking about hope.

In the movie The Shawshank Redemption, wrongfully imprisoned Andy Dufresne refuses to give up hope in the face of a life sentence filled with violence, isolation, and even rape. He never gives up his hope of a brighter day filled with renewal and redemption, and eventually he experiences his paradise in the form of escaping to the sandy beaches of Zihuantanejo, Mexico, where he fixes up a boat and meets up with his best friend from Shawshank, Red.

“Hope is a good thing,” says Red (Morgan Freeman) toward the end of the movie. “Maybe the best of things.”

I agree. Hope is the best of things. It is, ultimately, the most important thing.

When we are faced with a long stretch of stressful, boring, or even demeaning work days, what gets us through? Ultimately, it’s the hope of a nice evening or weekend or vacation, and the hope that one day we will find a professional calling that empowers and fulfills us. It’s the hope that we will have made a difference in someone’s life.

When we are fighting with a spouse—when our marriage is lost in a forest of picking each other apart and pointing out foibles instead of praising endearing qualities—what gets us through? It’s the hope that a calm will come to the storm. The hope that our eyes will return to their rightful, rose-colored views of each other. The hope of renewed commitment and love.

When we are sick, what do we want from the doctor? A quick cure would be nice, but ultimately, we are looking for a little hope. Just tell me that there’s something I can try. Just tell me things will get a little better.

And when we go to see lawyers and bankers and psychiatrists, aren’t we seeking more of the same? Just tell me there’s a way out of the mess. I can accept a period of pain, but just tell me there is some light at the end of the tunnel.

Most of us can be stronger and more patient that we think—most of us are willing and able to wade through five hundred yards of feces just like Andy Dufresne did—but we need to know that there is a Zihuantanejo waiting for us at some point. We need hope.

Christmas is all about hope. It is about God giving us the one thing we so desperately need.

Christmas isn’t about God immediately taking away all of our pain, but it is about Him providing us with a clearer view of a painfully beautiful future, one that isn’t filled with dark doctor’s visits, fanged credit card statements, or stupid, angry outbursts. We will eventually have our Zihuantanejo, and in the meantime, we don’t have to spend every moment lost in hopeless anxiety. We don’t have to spend the long winters of our lives huddled beneath the covers because we feel guilty or inadequate or just plain scared. Through the birth of Jesus, God gave us a tangible, loving piece of Himself, a salvation that erases our misdeeds and lets us see existence as something to be enjoyed again.

Jesus calls us His friend. Everything will be okay. We are once again free to see the snowfall as a means for play instead of as a signal that backbreaking hours of shoveling await. Cynicism can be broken, and wonder and innocence can return to our eyes, minds, and hearts. Everything is different now. The hope is here and can never be taken away.

The other day in Wisconsin, stuff got real. Winter got real. The first major snowstorm of the season hit, and driving became slow and even perilous. Now cars must be scraped and warmed up just to run errands we don’t like in the first place, and now surprise bouts of shoveling will take up countless hours of our precious time. Batteries will die, tires will go flat (as some of mine already have), and many of the short days will be sunless and unwelcoming. But there is always hope.

Just as I was beginning to slip into some sort of seasonal lament the other day—as I was walking up my icy driveway and getting pummeled by frosty air and negative thoughts—I noticed a crisp, golden leaf blowing across the frozen landscape of my yard. In the midst of the polar insanity, this bright little leaf skipped across the white crust of snow without a care in the world. It was a reminder that spring and summer would flourish once again and then usher in a beautiful autumn. It was a reminder of hope.

Every situation is doable as long as we don’t give up hope. Even a trip through this often confusing-and-gray world can be beautiful if we cling to our hope. This Christmas season, no matter what troubles are trying to crush your innocence and optimism—whether you are experiencing financial problems, health problems, work problems, emotional problems, relationship problems, or some combination of all of those problems—remember that hope is now your constant companion because of what December 25th represents.

You are forgiven and accepted, you are made a friend of God, and you are told that you don’t have to worry about what the future holds for you. Even the grim journey of death now has another side to it, one that is brighter than the sun-kissed beaches of Zihuantanejo.

Hope is the best of things, and because of Christmas, you have an immensely beautiful hope to cling to each day until your glorious eternity arrives. Everything is okay now. Remember that.

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Sincerely,

Michael S. Priebe, Lovely Grind author & web creator

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“Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.”
Andy Dufresne, The Shawshank Redemption

In my mind the month of December - the Christmas Season - is all about hope, and it is all about preparing for the coming year in a positive way, too. So those are the things we'll be focusing on in the next few weeks here at The Lovely Grind.


Hope, and positive preparation for 2021.

We can survive anything if we have hope. Illness, poverty, repression, professional problems, relationship problems, loneliness, fear . . . all of these things are survivable, manageable even, if we have something better we are looking forward to.

Because when we are on our way to something better, then by definition any current troubles are only temporary.


The word hope is defined as “A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”

So, what do you desire to have happen in your life? What positive developments, what better future, do you pine for with every fiber of your being? If you can answer those questions, then you have found the vessel that will bring you through dark times to brighter skies. Answer those questions, and you have found your hope. That’s the first step in all of this "feeling better" stuff.

So what are you hoping for, really? Better health? A fix for your financial problems? More professional freedom? True love or friendship? Adventure? A more peaceful life? A life-changing vacation? All of those things?



I want you, today, to write down at least five things you’re hoping for. These things can be broad or specific, gargantuan or small, “realistic” or pie-in-the-sky—it doesn’t matter. Just make that list today, and then focus your mind’s eye on the images that occupy that list. Really allow your heart to see the things you hope for, and then believe—with that same visionary heart—that these things are just around the corner for you.


If you have hope, then every morning you can wake up and say, “I know that today is getting me closer to something better.” If you have hope, then every night as you go to bed you can say, “I know that tomorrow will bring me closer to those better things, too.”


With hope, the time that sits before you is always full of possibility. Even when you are enduring enormous challenges and difficulties, hope can bring light to your current time because it shows you the gifts, solutions, and improvements that the next hour and day and week and year will bring.


Trust me, there is a path to get from whatever problems you are experiencing right now to a better place, and it starts with hope.

NEXT STEPS

* MAKE A LIST OF AT LEAST FIVE THINGS YOU HOPE FOR IN 2021

*MAKE A LIST OF AT LEAST FIVE THINGS YOU WILL DO TO HELP BRING ABOUT YOUR "HOPED FOR" CHANGES

* KEEP THE ABOVE LISTS IN A JOURNAL, BINDER, OR FOLDER MARKED 2021, AND USE THEM AS A STARTING POINT FOR YOUR HEALING/GROWTH JOURNEY IN THE COMING YEAR

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Michael Priebe is a writer and personal development coach who has studied psychology, literature, and print journalism. He holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with honors. and over the years he has used both fiction and nonfiction formats to write about health, sports, professional life, politics, relationships, and spiritual issues. He puts out a variety of spiritually inspiring content at The Lovely Grind, and he blogs about his life at www.michaelpriebewriter.com. He invites you to find out more about his life coaching here, and he hopes you'll reach out to him on Facebook and Twitter.

“Michael helped me in a way that no doctor or therapist has been able to! His personal experience combined with his optimistic, constructive input and guidance is priceless. I highly recommend his coaching sessions.”

Shelly, Ohio

“I contacted Michael for coaching because he has the ultimate credential of having been through it all himself! I liked his warm, empathetic manner. He is easy to talk to, and I felt as if he were a family member in his warm caring toward me. Michael has a very reassuring way of communicating, and I would highly recommend him.”

Jon - British Columbia, Canada

“I came across Michael’s videos by chance while looking up information on prescription drug withdrawal. I found his YouTube videos to be very informative, honest, and consoling. I was watching one after the other and even converted the sound on the videos to MP3 so that I could listen to his advice while going for walks. That was very soothing for me, and therefore I decided to try his coaching services. Great decision.

"Michael is a great and patient listener, and during our time together I felt that he sincerely cared about my healing progress and had genuine empathy for all those going through withdrawal. He is a positive-minded individual who disseminates hope, and I appreciated the useful, personalized follow-up notes he sent after our session. Most certainly I would recommend his coaching.”

Yasmin - Cairo, Egypt

“No one else is doing what Michael is doing. It truly is a ministry! Michael is willing to make himself vulnerable to help others during their journey in the valley. He is very easy to talk to (I felt like I had known him forever), and I would most definitely recommend his coaching to others.”

Andi, North Carolina

“Michael’s coaching is truly a game-changing experience. I appreciate the level of understanding he brings … tons of knowledge on how to survive the days and get closer to recovery. When you finally get to look someone in the face and know they understand exactly what you’re going through, it can bring a different level of comfort; that is what Michael’s coaching provided me, and without a doubt I would recommend it to everyone going through this.”

Alex, California

“I decided to use Michael’s coaching services because he seemed very genuine and trustworthy. After speaking with him a couple of times, I realized that I am strong enough to overcome certain obstacles, but also realized that I need not rush the process [of becoming medication free]. It was comforting talking to Michael about my withdrawal issues so that I could realize that what I’m going through is common, and it was also useful that Michael took the time to give me feedback in specific areas—like making a schedule and forming realistic expectations for myself. Michael gave me more useful feedback than a lot of mental health counselors I’ve had. Michael has helped me, and I hope he continues to help others. I would definitely recommend his coaching services.”

Catherine, Virginia

“I learned a lot from Michael. At first I was so confused by withdrawal (wondering what I was going through and if I would be this way permanently), but Michael helped me to realize that we do heal and that things do get better. I had a lot of worries, but he helped to ease my mind and he gave me positive feedback regarding how to approach each day in this process. Michael has a caring heart, and I would 100 percent recommend his coaching to others going through this.”

Erikka, South Dakota

“It can be frustrating having to deal with [withdrawal] symptoms for months on end and getting next to no support from doctors or anyone in the medical community (people who for the most part are clueless). Simply getting a chance to speak with Michael—someone who has gone through what I have and is able to offer support—was comforting. I also really enjoyed his follow-up notes. They were insightful and helped me to consider things I hadn’t thought of. I very much enjoyed working with Michael, and I would recommend his coaching to anyone who is going through this process and looking for support.”

Kim, California

“Michael is relatable and non-judgemental. I liked his positivity and follow-up notes. He provided good support overall. I believe that if a person really wants to withdrawal from medication, then support like this, from someone who has personal experience, is invaluable, and for that reason I would recommend Michael’s coaching to others going through this process.”

Leanne – Ontario, Canada

"Because of Michael’s own experiences, he knows what serves and what damages. He helped me to control my intake of negative information, he made me more optimistic, and he gave me a sense of the “whole [healing] picture.” Michael is a good listener and his comments are very precise. I would definitely recommend his coaching to others going through withdrawal."

Miguel, Atlanta, GA

"I really enjoyed my coaching sessions with Michael and looked forward to each call. He is very easy to talk to and offers very good advice. Our conversations gave me hope and coping skills, and his follow-up notes and progress plan were very helpful; I reference them often to stay on track. I found it comforting talking to someone who has been through this and really understands the struggle. I now look at withdrawal as something that can be overcome, something that I can heal from. I felt very comfortable talking to Michael, and I would recommend his coaching services to others going through the withdrawal and healing process."

Eric, MI

“I decided to try Michael’s coaching because, in his videos, he seemed so honest, relatable, upbeat, hopeful, and knowledgeable. I believe I got more out of Michael’s videos and coaching than I got from years of professional counseling. It is very comforting talking to him because it is like talking to a very knowledgeable, long-time, close friend. I have more hope for the future after talking to Michael, and that helps me to survive the times when I am feeling blue. I would recommend his coaching to those going through the withdrawal and healing process.”

John, WA

“I really enjoyed the care that Michael put into every contact with me. I appreciate how he shared his own experiences, found out about my overall context, and made direct suggestions; it was so important to believe that I was not losing control of my mind and body and that I could carry on with living while going through the process. It was also helpful to set goals and a plan and check back in on these things. Michael’s coaching is very professional and authentic, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is going through the withdrawal and healing process.”

Emma, United Kingdom

“I always refer back to what Michael coached me on in the past regarding dealing with such times during the recovery and healing process. I enjoy working with Michael because he takes his time answering each of my questions in detail. Michael has true answers and guidance. It is comforting being coached by someone who understands my symptoms, and also Michael is a very compassionate person. I would definitely recommend his services to a person in need of help during the withdrawal process.”

Ram, AZ

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