Wedding Vibes

Awesome time with family this past weekend celebrating Jeff & Shannon’s nuptials. It is always beautiful to witness two people cmmit themsleves to one another when you know it is the real deal. Cheers to happily ever after!

Denna’s Book Club Pick of the month!

Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief

My book club pick of the month is Claire Bidwell Smith’s latest book, “Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief.” This book has the answers to something I knew I always needed but could never figure out why. I lost my father at 13 and anxiety set in very quickly waking me up every morning to remind me that something tragic had happened to me. Although I have since learned techniques to quiet my mind and slow down my bodies fight or flight reaction, I still wake up many mornings with anxiety. As with loss, anxiety is rooted in pain and fear. Claire’s book holds the key to helping us to continue to understand what it means to grieve.



Do Daughters who have great relationships with their fathers have less depression?

Fatherless Daughters

Here I am right before a segment about fatherlessness at my weekly roundtable on NBC’s Atlanta & Company.

A recent study found that daughters who have great relationships with their fathers are at lower risk of developing depression and anxiety and are better at handing stress. You know I had a lot to add to this discussion on Atlanta & Company’s REAL TALK roundtable. While many fatherless daughters do battle depression at some point in their fatherless journey, many go on to live amazing lives once they understand how his absence has affected them. Listen here to hear the entire discussion from 4 women, 3 of whom are fatherless.



Join me in the Poconos for Campowerment September 21-24

The Poconos

JOIN ME IN THE POCONOS! Come see the retreat that Oprah, the Today Show and Forbes are all raving about!

This September 21-24th I am honored to be one of the speakers at Campowerment 

I will be speaking about healing from your past and turning your pain into power. Get to know the full ExCpert line-up of their 22nd women’s weekend, in the Pocono Mountains. To register to #ReigniteYourLife with us, pronto:

Join me at the hbo theatre in NYC Oct 29 & 30th





What: I am teaming up with ReImagine to explore questions about life and death. I, along with an esteemed group of authors, experts, journalists and more will 2 days talking about mother and father loss. The experts include: Cara Guzze Belvin, founder of empowerHER, Hope Edelman author of Motherless Daughters, author and journalist Allison Gilbert, and Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss.

Who: This is for anyone who has lost a parent. It is going to be a lifechanging 2 days.

Where: The HBO Theatre, New York City

Tickets will be available later this summer. Details to come!!