Faith Over Fear

Be Well Be Happy

This column is Inspired and dedicated to my dear friend and teacher of life, Yvette Conroy who taught us to live by her mantra, “Faith over Fear.” Yvette was one of the strongest women I have ever met with unshakeable trust and faith. When you met her, she would look directly into your eyes, letting you know she was fully present to you. She was authentic and not afraid to be herself. A woman who lived her life with compassion and love. I always admired her fierce determination and ability to rise above it all. 

Her faith in life during the past few years of sickness was an unshakeable belief in something much larger than herself. Her heart was open, and she shared her love with all she met. She was genuinely connected to her higher source. She was comforted and held by her strong faith. Her God was always by her side along with her loving husband Pat and two beautiful children, Taylor and Logan. Her spirit will always be us.

Yvette’s funeral was beautiful. Her husband Pat gave the most amazing eulogy making us smile and remember her goodness. Her strength and courage defined who she was. The night of her funeral I cycled over to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club to teach Yin Yoga and right there in the sky was this beautiful orange heart breaking through cottony clouds. Pausing in awe, I felt it was a sign from Yvette that she was safe, she was loved, and she was home with her creator. 

All we can do is look up and say thank you. Thank you for sharing your powerful mantra, faith over fear.  Thank you for your courage in the face of adversity and your constant positivity. You will never be forgotten. Your abundance of love continues to spread widely. Thank you for teaching us to open to what is here now and live well. Your trust and faith carried you through this very difficult time. You finished the race with grace and integrity. May you rest in peace my dear friend. Know that you were loved by so many but especially by your family. Your life was filled with love.


Disrobing in Time

“Nothing is easy, but to tell the truth. The truth of what I see and feel. This somehow cleanses my eyes and it becomes clear what to do. In my pain, I forget to admit what is true and things get worse. Because I don’t want to be sad. I don’t admit that I already am. Then I feel like I’m drowning. Because I don’t want things to change. I don’t admit that they already have. Then I feel like the wheel of life is tearing me apart. The greatest power we have when feeling powerless is to admit what is already true. Then the stepping stones of Eternity rise out of the mud, showing us where to go.”

 - Mark Nepo

May you trust your path and never forget Yvette’s mantra, Faith over Fear. God rest your beautiful soul. Your journey was beautiful, just like you. You will be missed by so many.

 By Helen Kilgallen

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