Monthly Archives: November 2015

Choosing Happiness…No Matter What You’re Going Through. :)


Hello Friends,
I wanted to send out a note of encouragement today for anyone trying to overcome challenges.  I know the holidays are a wonderful time of year, but for many, it’s a reminder of people they have loved and lost and how real their struggle is.  If you are struggling emotionally, financially, or physically, this post is for you.  I am sending a prayer up and out for you today that your spirit with be lifted, your heart will be comforted, and that you will have positive strength and guidance in your decisions.

My husband and I have been grateful for many holidays and celebrations spent with family over the years.  We have also spent many “just the two of us” and while lonely at first, looking back, those are some very sweet memories, too. 

Maybe you are a couple living away from family for a job change, maybe your spouse has died and you find yourself alone this Christmas, maybe you have lost a child and your heart aches for them; however this season of your life has changed, I pray you will take comfort in treasured memories that will always be with you and enjoy creating new ones with those by your side. 

Maybe you’ll have a friend over, maybe you’ll find a new place to have a meal, or find a cute local shop or place to visit; EMBRACE the changes.  While it may be different than what you’re used to, it doesn’t have to be bad.  Be open to allowing yourself to be happy again.  God doesn’t want you to be sad and struggling, but you have to do the hard work to be happy.  Satan wants to steal your joy and loves to see you beat down.  If you stay there, he wins.

I have learned that I can be as miserable or as happy as I choose to be.  When I get inside my head looking back at how I thought things were supposed to be or what I thought my plans were going to look like, I miss the awesomeness of what my reality is! 

I live in a beautiful place, I have as many friends here as I choose to make, I know any new area I have lived in when I choose to explore it and make it feel like home, I have found resources and fellowship in new jobs I have been hired at, and through community, school, and church events.

It DOES take hard work to be happy, especially after moving, losing a loved one, divorce, or financial, and physical struggles.  But, I have found that I can be so much stronger than I thought I ever was, much braver than I ever thought I could be, and when I work to overcome my fears, God blesses my family with peace. 

I want to encourage you to press on and press through when it’s hardest because that IS when your faith truly grows.  It’s easy to have faith when things are easy, but you see what kind of person you really are when you’re faces with challenges.  Some cave and quit and are mean, others blossom and grow and reap the blessings, but it IS a conscious choice to do the work in either direction.

Every move, every financial struggle, every miscarriage, every job change, then my son getting diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, molded me into the person I am today.  I have personally grown and matured so much in the way I handle things and hope I can pay some learning forward to help others see that love, doing the hard work, really having faith, knowing no matter what – things are going to work out for God’s BEST plan for your life, and embracing change, would have made all the difference in my life. 

Whatever you are going through, my prayer is you will find a way to have peace and happiness while going through your personal life’s story.  Enjoy the ride!  Make a CHOICE to be happy, today whatever your circumstances!

Inspirational books by Trina Licavoli Gunzel

PAYING LOVE FORWARD $1 Donation from each sale to the DYF today! Can’t The Highs and Lows of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Childπ=SY200_QL40&


Dear Friends,

HAPPY Thanksgiving weekend!  There is so much to be thankful for!  I am so grateful for Camp Bearskin Meadow.  We learned so much that helped improve our quality of life, raising our Type 1 Diabetic Child. 

I want to give back to help sponsor sending other families to camp and to support the DYF (Diabetic Youth Families).  Any paperback copies sold TODAY, I will donate $1 to this life changing camp.   Thank you for helping Type 1 Diabetic families. 

Enjoy this special time with your families and friends.

Trina Licavoli Gunzel
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Homemade, with love…


That moment when you open a homemade card sent from your childhood best friend you haven’t seen in years. 🙂

As we celebrate all that we are thankful for this season, I am trying to teach my children about the deeper meaning of these holidays…Love.   Behind all of the turkey and trimmings…behind the Christmas trees and lights…Love should be the focus.  That is after all, why our Heavenly Father sent his son, Jesus, to save world.  HE LOVES US.

I hope that love is present in all the acts of kindness you do this holiday season.  Simple gestures like making and
sending a homemade card, baking something special, praying for someone, helping a friend with a project, listening to someone, doing acts of service, and spending time with loved ones.

People, gifts, and events shouldn’t be burdens on our “to do list.”  If we aren’t doing things because we want to, we may need to revisit our list of priorities.  Sometimes we have to take events and people off our list so we can make time for those who really need us.  This is easier said than done, but prioritizing is a freeing thing to do!

I pray you enjoy this time of year.  I am truly aware and grateful of all the blessings in my life and paying some love forward.  🙂  Thank you, Lord, for your selfless gift of love.

Be encouraged!

Never Give Up On Your Dreams…


Dear friends,
I am here to tell you that if you really want to do something to help others, never give up.  I have wanted to work as an author and help educate people since I was a little girl.  Keep trying, keep working hard, put in the extra effort, and pray that God will guide your decisions.  If something is on your heart, listen to it.  Be encouraged and do the hard work to make your dreams reality.

I was one of six kids in my family.  My parents weren’t going to be able to pay for me to go to college but I really wanted to be a teacher.  I studied hard and worked to save money and earned scholarships to go to college.  Majoring in Elementary Education, with endorsements in Early Childhood, ESL, Bilingual Education, and later Middle School Language Arts, I took my education and career very seriously and graduated top in my class.  I later earned my Master of Arts in Teaching/Teacher Leadership.  I wanted to be the best and help strengthen teacher leadership and best teaching practices.  I still do.

I was recruited and landed a position as a Bilingual teacher right out of college.  I have spent the last 17 years teaching, training, writing, and designing educational workshops for students, teachers, parents, and families. 

I pray my books will allow me to connect with many people all over the world and be a source of inspiration, coversations, and allow people to be encouraged; knowing God loves them.  Whatever is on your heart to do that is good for you and the world, share that light.

With love,
Trina Licavoli Gunzel


Kindle book available NOW – Can’t
The Highs And Lows Of Raising A Type 1 Diabetic Child
I worked so hard to get this book out for Diabetes Awareness Month. Setting huge goals had always worked to motivate me. I hope and pray it will help, encourage, and inspire many.

This book will be a great resource for Type 1 Diabetic families, women’s study groups, medical professionals, and anyone wanting to know more about overcoming challenges and understanding a Type 1 family life.

I look forward to working with you for events and book study groups.

Best wishes,
Trina Licavoli Gunzel

You Are More Than Just a Number


While we love to get those awesome blood sugars in the 80-120 range, you are more than just a number.  You are my child, my son, my scout, my little farmer, my little friend.

So many times since you were diagnosed, I’ve had to remind myself to just talk to you.  We communicate a lot!  Are you high?  Are you low?  Did you dose?  Check your blood sugar.  Did you input that?  What’s your number?  But, that’s not the same as…I love you, how are you, what do you like, let’s play…


Can any other parent relate to this?  As we work to help our kids be healthy and have good blood sugars, let us rember to have deeper communication to help them develop all of their skills as wonderful human beings, too.

From my Type 1 MOM heart to yours,
Trina Licavoli Gunzel, Author


Homemade Whole Food Recipes Are Great For Stable Blood Sugar!

Wow! I just have to share sometimes when I get recipes that result in such stable blood sugars for my Type 1 son. I bet there are many non diabetics who don’t get these great results. Cooking healthy meals for my family is one of my favorite things to do. My children know how to make a plate for a meal with a protein, a fast carb, and a slow carb. This is one of those all in one bowl meals, but it is delicious and soups are perfect for this time of year.

One cooked, smoked whole chicken *season as you wish, we like garlic powder, turmeric, and season salt
One package organic celery
One package organic carrots
Minced garlic
Amish Brand homemade egg noodles

We smoked a whole chicken and had it for a meal the night before. I peeled the remaining chicken off the bone, then added that meat and the chicken bones to a pot of water and boiled it for two hours. Then, I strained the bones out of the chicken stock for the soup. To the boiling water and chicken meat I added cut up carrots, celery, and a tablespoon of minced garlic. After the vegetables were cooked, I added the egg noodles and on medium high, continued cooking the soup until the noodles were tender. I didn’t need to add any extra seasoning because we had already seasoned the chicken when we smoked it.

This soup was delicious and we only had to dose for the carb amounts in the egg noodles. (Whichever brand you use, or homemade). Enjoy! Soup recipes are my favorite to have on the stove daily this time of year. Be well!


Diabetes Awareness Month


November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Our son, Wyatt, was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic when we almost lost him to a diabetic induced coma, 7 years ago this month. We have learned so much and work to help others who struggle with this autoimmune disease, every day. In my upcoming book: Can’t, our biographical story will be shared. Through this behind the scenes look at a 24-7 life of a Type 1 Diabetic family, it is our hope that people will better understand the highs and lows of raising a Type 1 Diabetic child, and how it affects the entire family. This self help, inspirational work encourages reflection and demonstrates how to overcome challenges. Coming soon! Connect with me on FACEBOOK: Trina Licavoli Gunzel, Author.