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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

June 2021  at The Lovely Grind

THIS MONTH WE ARE FOCUSING ON

The Power of Slowing Down

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I’ve known the pain of looking at my life and thinking: “This thing has gotten to be a jumbled mess. How will I ever begin to sort out the situation and move forward?”


Back in 2012 I was dealing with a lot of issues in my life. My finances weren’t very pretty to think about, my job was stressful and creatively unfulfilling for me, my physical health wasn’t where I wanted it to be (to put it mildly), and worst of all I just didn’t feel very good about myself. I was on five different prescription medications (Paxil, Xanax, and three different blood pressures medications), I was overweight, I was smoking cigarettes, and I was anxious too much of the time (both in an organic sense and about my future).


I wanted to move forward and find a new path in life so that I didn’t feel so trapped, but where could I begin?


That was the million dollar question.


Where can any of us begin when everything seems so complicated and messy in our lives?

Well, the answer is with goals. It all starts with goals.


Goals truly are that magic elixir that begins to transform our mental and emotional states.


Goals truly are that bridge that brings us from current difficulties to a brighter future.


The other day I found a journal of mine from early 2012. It was a Word document actually, and it began with just a short goal list and a few thoughts about where I was at in life and where I wanted to be.


In that journal entry I talked about how I wanted to start a website, how I wanted to begin writing more, how I wanted to lose weight and get in better physical condition, and how I wanted to get off of prescription medications.


Actually, I saw that last part—getting off of prescription medications—as the lynchpin in the whole “moving in a different direction” deal. The Paxil had made me bloated, depressed, and fatigued, and the Xanax had made me anxious, flaky, tentative, and unable to live up to my potential.


My journal entry, in part, from January 2012 reads as follows:


“Since I have absolutely nothing better to do with my time at work at present (it must have been a slow week), I have decided to keep a journal. At the very best it will spring to life new ideas that can be implemented in my personal life; at the very least, it may be an interesting read a few years down the road. Things on my mind …”


Then I went on to list some goals and thoughts. In additional to talking about how I wanted to lose weight so that I’d enjoy clothes shopping again and feel better about myself, I talked about how something deep inside of me needed to get off medications.


HERE’S THAT PART OF THE JOURNAL ENTRY:


“[I see] Getting off of medications as a way to increase chance to take risk for website(s) [i.e. it will give me the strength and courage to try new things]. I could get off of my blood pressure meds by eating better and exercising. I could get off of Paxil by doing the same and employing other confidence techniques. I have enough Xanax to get me through any really rough patches for months.”


Later that year, in December of 2012, I would indeed stop taking the SSRI Paxil that I’d been on since 1999, and at that same time I would begin in earnest a taper off the four-plus daily milligrams of Xanax I’d been dependent on for almost a decade and a half (a taper that finished in early 2014).


Little did I know about the difficult prescription drug withdrawal I’d have to suffer through on my way to feeling healthier, but maybe that was for the best. I was simply determined.


I was in pain, but I was determined, and I had goals.


I got off the Paxil and Xanax, quit smoking cigarettes, became a regular runner, weaned myself off of the blood pressure medications, and began a few websites, one of them being The Lovely Grind. I wrote devotions and blog posts that gave people inspiration and spiritual connection, and eventually I began coaching others about wellness, too—people from all over the world.


Before the changes, there were the goals. And before the actions, there was simply the hope those goals brought me.

In the midst of pain and confusion, the simple act of outlining a few goals began moving me in a new direction. And eventually those goals proved to be the bridge that led me to a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled place in my life.


What goals can you draw up for yourself this year? Just go ahead and write a few down, no matter how simple they might be, or on the other end of the spectrum how far-fetched they might seem.


Just the act of writing down your goals will give you a sense of hope and empowerment, and eventually who knows where the goal list you make (or revise/revisit) right now, in January of 2021, will lead you. A few years down the road maybe you’ll find your goal list in a file drawer or in a computer folder, and maybe you’ll take a moment to reflect on how far you’ve come.


That’s kind of what I’m doing as I’m writing this—reflecting and feeling proud. Today marks seven years off those prescription medications for me, and while the journey has been perilous at times, it has been so very personally rewarding.


As we begin 2021, I’m here to encourage you as you contemplate your own goals and begin moving in their direction. In which directions do you want to move your life? You can do it, I know you can!


Every journey begins with just one step, and oftentimes our goals are the things that tell us in which direction to point our feet!



Until next time,


Michael



CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING HERE


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

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 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.



Luke 23:43: And Jesus replied, “I assure you. Today you will be with me in paradise.”

Christmas is about the impossible becoming possible: a virgin becoming pregnant; God becoming man; light coming into a dark world full of pain; and redemption and eternal life overcoming the thought of death that looms over us all.


To quote Jesus in Matthew 19:26: “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.


In the course of my wellness coaching, I’ve worked with individuals from all over the globe; many in these great United States, and many more in countries that include: Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Estonia, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Nigeria.


Many of my clients reach out to me because they are on the brink giving up hope. Many have nearly become convinced that a solution for their situation is “impossible.”

Unfortunately, the modern practice of prescribing pharmaceutical “quick fixes” for our mental and emotional stresses has created a lot of issues for people; it has left a lot of people wondering how they got into a situation that somehow became more complicated and dark than they ever thought life could get.


Prescription medications such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants can cause all sorts of health problems for people, and then trying to quit those medications can take individuals to the very lowest depths of depression and despair and to the very highest and rockiest peaks of anxiety and restlessness.


I know this not just because I speak with people going through such turmoil, but because I lived the turmoil myself years back while quitting Xanax and Paxil after about fourteen years of use. A casual prescription from a doctor I only saw once created a spider’s web of complicated issues in my life that lasted nearly two decades.


And at times—no matter how healthy or upbeat I am now—I felt nearly trapped and hopeless back then. But there was a way forward, and the clouds did part as I regained strength, clarity, and joy.


We are never really trapped. There are always solutions. There is always hope.

This holiday week, I’d like to briefly talk about the two types of hope that Christmas brings us specifically.


First, the hope that our most difficult earthly situations—which might involve physical pain but often involve emotional hurt—have a remedy. The hope that we can feel better and be happier on this earth.


And secondly, the hope that death isn’t the end for any of us or for any of our loved ones. And maybe this is stating the obvious, but that is ultimately the type of hope we need the most.


That first type of hope—the type that addresses our earthly pain—is exactly what Jesus specialized in bringing people during his years walking among us. He was a famous (at times infamous) healer, and word quickly spread about his powers to the point where people flocked to him so that he could make the blind see and the crippled walk.


The Gospel accounts of Jesus’ healing miracles are perhaps some of the most powerful reading that someone suffering through illness can undertakes, and I urge anyone who is dealing with illness right now to read my previous blog post about some of these accounts here (LINK).


But ultimately Jesus was about much more than healing diseases and physical pains. The “peace” that he offered (that peace that can’t be found anywhere else) involved giving people forgiveness and unconditional love so that they could overcome things like: emotional numbness, self-hatred, low self-esteem, anger, bitterness, ego worship, loneliness, money worship, lack of fulfillment, and a general sense of “emptiness.”


There is no physical healing without spiritual healing, and in the acts and words of Jesus we find both.


And we also find a solution for the thing that truly causes our worst anxiety and depression: the “D” word, death.


I know that perhaps death isn’t what you wanted to be reading about on the week of Christmas, but I promise that it will be uplifting rather than depressing.



In 2020, I think we’ve seen more than ever before just how afraid of illness and death we human beings are. In the age of Covid-19, it has gotten to the point where people will do anything—or avoid doing anything—in the name of trying to outmaneuver illness and death. And while being smart, staying healthy, and taking precautions is fine, thinking that we can play God and control life and death on a daily basis isn’t. In fact, we’ve seen that isn’t possible anyway (despite out best, furious efforts) and that line of thinking not only encourages us to put our hopes and fate into the very fallible hands of man, but it takes our attention off of what I will call “Eternity Preparation,” which is ultimately the more dangerous side-effect.


In my mind, a spiritual life is important because it allows us to find inner peace and become better people. But it is absolutely Crucial with a capital C because it gives us a remedy for the one problem that mankind, it all its wisdom, will never solve—the problem of death.


Even if our planet survives another million years and we’re all talking to each other on an iPhone 5,000 Pro Max Super, death will still be the elephant in the room. It will still be the thing that people are trying to avoid. It will still be the thing that people are trying to forget about, the thing that makes no sense and makes us feel hopeless.


But it doesn’t have to be that way. Because God became man via the miracle of Christmas, epic events were set into motion that ultimately conquered death. And while our human deaths might still involve pain and a sense of loss, they can also be married to hope because they are simply a transition to something better which will never end.


All of the things that haunt and pester and plague us right now—money worries, stomach fat, divorces, illness, politics, insults, isolation, despair, anger, restlessness, boredom—these things will no longer exist in the world to come. It will be, in a word, paradise, a paradise where we will be completely satisfied and without pain or worry. A paradise that’s glory cannot even be conceived of by the world’s greatest authors or movie producers.

I don’t know about you, but to be honest death still makes me sad. Even with faith it is sad. In the past half year or so I’ve seen several people pass away (from cancer and accident), and I’ve seen those who are left behind. These people had no idea at the beginning of 2020 that this year would be their last on the earth.


The people who passed were loving husbands and fathers and mothers, and they left behind lonely spouses and grieving children.


But as sad as these passings were and are, for the believer they aren’t marked by hopelessness. Rather, they are able to be put into the context of hope, and they are able to be seen as the soul’s journey out of this earthly confusion and into paradise.


And because of the divine forever that a Christmas birth ushered into our reality, our goodbyes aren’t forever. As much as I don’t like to think about the goodbyes I will have to experience in my own life someday, even now I begin to reflect on how they are not permanent. Even now I begin to look into the sky and picture how I will be reunited with loved ones, and ultimately with my Lord, when the final time is set.


That is a part of my Eternity Preparation. If 2020 and all of its 24/7 focus on illness and death does anything for us, hopefully it compels us all to get our spiritual affairs in order and begin in earnest our Eternity Preparation.


We must ask ourselves, What spiritual path provides us with an answer for death? We must ask ourselves, How can we make sure we are walking that path and bringing our loved ones along with us?


I hope that this Christmas season, as much as we are all focused on presents and earthly joy (and maybe earthly challenges such as Covid-19 or other illnesses), we can also focus on the hope that the spiritual concept of eternity brings.


The birth of Jesus, and everything that says about God’s love for us and His power over “the impossible,” surely ought to bring us hope for a good 2021 here on earth. And ultimately our New Year and all the years that follow can be even better because we know they are leading us somewhere that is much more than a dead end. They are leading us to greater life. Our years—our lives—are not an accident, and they are carrying us to the fulfillment of a promise that extends our existence into the forevermore.


Please cling tightly to this hope as you get ready to celebrate this holiday season.


Have a very blessed Christmas and a very joyful New Year’s celebration.


Until next time,

Michael




1 Corinthians 15:51-52: “Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING HERE


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

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 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.



As we continue to move through this very special month of December, please take a moment to enjoy these quotes about hope.


Heading into the new year, nothing is more important than finding your hope and building a lifestyle that nurtures and rewards that hope.


Please enjoy these thoughts, and don't forget to complete the "Next Steps" at the end of this post.























"The storms never last forever, and with hope, we can always survive the storms and stand next to the rainbows as we appreciate the light we've been waiting for. Keep picturing your rainbows, keep envisioning your light. Keep hope in your heart."


Until next time,


Michael


NEXT STEPS

* Find 5 quotes or Scripture verses about hope


* Write those quotes or verses down in your journal, or print a couple of them out and hang them in your office, kitchen, or bedroom (or keep one in the glove box of your car if you commute).


*Allow those hopeful sayings to put your head and heart into a good place for peace and growth this month.

CONTACT ME ABOUT COACHING HERE


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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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.