Monthly Archives: January 2016

A journey to Happily Ever After…Book study #Lesson 1: Plan for the unexpected

I am so excited to be able to give back and share this with you!  This is the first Reflection Opportunity from my book Can’t that is available in both paperback and downloadable versions through Amazon or any major online bookstores.  Grab a notebook and let’s get started!  If you want your own personal copy of the book, it’s only a click away.  Purchase your copy now!

At the end of each chapter, reflections are included for self improvement and positive personal growth.  I hope you enjoy doing this book study with me and I hope it gives you strength and encouragement in your life’s journey.  🙂

Think about a time in your life when you thought you had everything all figured out and had to completely change your plan.  How can you be more prepared for things that are out of your control?

You might not be able to prevent certain things that happened to you in your life, but do you have great friends you can talk to about it? Do you have an outlet for stress or a way to be encouraged?

Can you see that things you go through are part of your personal life journey and accept that you might have to go through specific situations in order to learn and grow?

I have found there was nothing I could do to prevent certain situations in my life, but by having a great support group of people and positive outlets, it made things more possible. 

This is my plan for whatever unexpected thing comes my way next:  Try hard and proceed with love.

Take a few minutes to reflect and journal that experience in a notebook or share it on my Facebook Author page: Trina Licavoli Gunzel. 

I look forward to hearing from you and growing stronger through these reflections, together.  Leave a comment with something you are thinking about, an encouraging scripture, or a positive word for others.

A scripture I am reflecting on for strength today is:  Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”  How does that scripture speak to your heart?  It fills mine with peace and comfort, no matter what I’m going through.  🙂

Best wishes and prayers for a wonderful week,



The Power Of Play

When was the last time you spent time just playing?

I am the parent of two energetic kids so I know how busy it is getting all of the “have to do” things done every day.  I also know I can complicate things and be so busy designing activities and attending events that I have to remind myself of the easiest and most important thing: spending time just PLAYING with my kids.

Win, win!  For the kids, they learn important social skills, expressive language, creative expression, confidence, and feel valued as we listen to and participate in their custom created worlds as they verbally write and reenact their stories.

Outside sand areas become castles and battlefields.  Sheets and chairs become forts and pots and pans with spoons become bands.  It doesn’t always have to be complicated and it’s ok if we don’t understand all the rules they make up.

Embrace the power of play!  If you don’t think it’s important, just ask your kids what their favorite thing to do with you is.  There’s your win!   It’s spending time with you!  (If it’s not, you might want to see how it can be.) I’d love to hear what their responses are and would just bet somehow a favorite memory involved “play.”

Spreading Light From Coast To Coast


Hi friends!

No matter where you are, I hope you feel connected today.  There are so many beautiful places and people in this world.  Go explore!

Everywhere we have been spreading our message of light and hope through books, we meet people who generously share their hearts and stories with us and I am so grateful.

It’s amazing who you meet if you are just willing to talk to people.  For example, while at a scenic view point in Virginia, we met a man with the exact insulin pump our son Wyatt wears.  He was inspired by our journey, story, and wanted to stay connected with us.

We’ve met families who bought our book:  Can’t The Highs And Lows of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Child for their friends because they knew they were struggling.  Writing has been a great way to share our story and connect with others.  It’s also something I feel compelled to do.  For many writers, it’s not a choice, but stories simply must come out.

Whatever story is on your heart, I hope you find the courage to share it.  You might be the main character in your life’s journey living your epic adventure.  You might feel trapped in a tragedy or passionately living a love story.  Be persistent and active in your life and wherever your journey takes you, I wish you courage, health, and the wisdom gained from your adventures and experiences.  As long as you’re making progress, you haven’t wasted any time.  Progress is learning, progress is growing, and sometimes progress is just breathing and listening.  Sending love and light from coast to coast.

Be inspired!

Trina Licavoli Gunzel

Be a ray of light

Hi friends.  As I have been traveling with my family on this coast to coast tour, I am focusing on my personal desire for doing this.  I know we all have struggles and challenges to overcome in life.  We can either let them build us up or break us.  Everything we go through can be a positive source of energy and light or dilute our spirits.

As we come across others sharing our journey, we can learn something from everyone.  We may not always see eye to eye, but we can respect our differences and enjoy the time we share together, if for nothing but the opportunity to see another person’s story and have empathy for their experiences.

I challenge you to let go of people who have hurt you, shine in your circumstances, let your light radiate the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and be a living example of love, wherever you are.  When we stop allowing things to hurt us and embrace our journey, that’s where true healing begins.  It’s not selfish to focus on your own needs.  When you are whole, your light will naturally shine and reach others.

As I am stepping back from distractions, spending intentional time with my husband and kids, and exploring new ways to reach out and help others, I see that every experience, move, career, challenge, and success has been a part of God growing me and I am grateful.  It hasn’t always been fun, but I am happy to see and laugh at things that were once overwhelming that are now routine.  Off to do a site change!  We’ve got this!  Can’t!  #thrive

What light are you sharing today?

Trina Licavoli Gunzel

Diabetes Pokes

I saw a cactus the other day and couldn’t help but be reminded of every poke my son has had over the last seven years to survive.  If we totaled every finger poke, insulin shot, and site change, he easily has more scar tissue on his body than every needle on a cactus.

As we do this coast to coast book tour to support, encourage, and spread awareness of Type 1 Diabetes, I hope more people will understand, a push for a cure, not just advancements in technology will be made, and Type 1 families will know they are not alone.

We are sharing tips, our experiences, promoting our newest book:  Can’t The Highs and Lows Of Raising a Type 1 Diabetic Child and sharing some great memories with our kids as we road school, create educational curriculum and materials, and boost our Type 1 son’s attitude of this life threatening condition he’s been living with for seven years.  There is no cure, but we want him to know and see that he can do and be anything he wants to in life.  We are Type 1 family strong.  Thanks for spreading the good word and encouraging us!  Can’t!
Trina Gunzel and family

Beautiful YOU!

Hi friends!

Well, here we go, another year is off and running!  How are you doing so far?  Are you sticking to any of the goals you set?  Or, have you decided not to set any but are working toward being the best version of yourself?

I am trying to be the best version of myself.  Mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  This year, I am striving to be whole so I can be there for those who need me in every way.  I realize I can’t if I’m not feeling well.  Rest is a crucial part of this.  I encourage you to do the personal reflections I included in my newest book: Can’t and join me in personal achievement goals this year.

Love those who love you, let go of old hurts, thrive, grow, and enjoy your life.  Best wishes,


Type 1 Travel Tips


Busy on our Can’t book tour coast to coast thinking of you.  I am reminded of the concerns and needs we share.  Here are some things that work for us:

Bring our Sentry device in the trailer so we can still monitor blood sugars at night. (Take whatever your system is and back up supplies )

Try to have stable blood sugars and protein before bed to keep from having spikes that keep you up at night.  (Easier said than done when trying new foods)

Keep healthy snacks in the car:  water, almonds, cheese sticks, cut up veggies, apples, etc.

Have low snacks with you:  gummy snacks, juice, fruit roll ups, etc.

Try to get exercise at rest stops, national parks, hiking trails, etc. and watch for low blood sugar results, especially in cold weather.

Traveling is always an extra challenge but the memories are priceless!

Trina Licavoli Gunzel