Play Outside! An Earth Day Reflection

I don't normally do a great job of keeping up with all the various holidays and points of celebration. But Earth Day is near and dear to my heart.  And not for any deep political reason.  Earth Day is special to me because it reminds us to look outside and celebrate the amazing planet that we live on. I am an outside girl.  Even as a kid who … [Read more...]

Refusing to Freeze

My post earlier this week was more about my own processing of the tragedy that unfolded in the Kansas City area last weekend.  In addition to that violence, our community is also coping with an ongoing source of fear.  There have been more than twenty incidents in the past few weeks where someone has shot at cars on our roads and highways.  So far, … [Read more...]

Breathing Through Heartbreak

I wrote posts after the Newtown shootings, and the Boston bombing.  I've written before about coping with the senseless, random bad stuff in life.  And I've written about my own experiences with pain and grief.  But the truth is, nothing prepares you for senseless hatred in your backyard.  Even though I don't have a personal connection to any of … [Read more...]

Rebooting

Rebooting. Restarting. Recommitting. This topic isn't a new one for me. In fact, I write about it at least once a year. Because at least once a year, I get off schedule and it takes me longer than I want or expect to get back in my groove.  This time around, I gave myself permission to take spring break week off--I didn't even schedule an … [Read more...]

Health and PTSD: Connecting the Dots

Many of my clients would not say that they have suffered from trauma. But many of them have faced serious health challenges. So, one of my early tasks in therapy is to help them explore how much trauma they may have experienced without knowing it. Here's how Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines trauma: trau·ma noun \ˈtrau̇-mə, ˈtrȯ-\: a very … [Read more...]

Road Less Traveled

I'll be visiting my sister and her family next week over our spring break. They live in Virginia, and we'll be driving.  It's a bit over 1000 miles from my house to hers. I've been fascinated this week by people's responses when I say we'll be driving.  They range from pity to horror to plain old disbelief. I often say that it's easier to drive … [Read more...]

Doing Better in Healthcare

Disclaimer: This post includes stories that were shared with me by clients.  Any information about their experience was used at their request and with their permission.  Clients reviewed this post before it was shared with the public, and were given the opportunity to revise the post so that they felt that their privacy was protected.  All clients … [Read more...]

Getting Up When You Fall

My personal story has always been about perseverance and always getting up when I fall. Maybe I'm not Olympic champion, but I can teach the world about that. -- Jeremy Abbott I've been fighting a cold for the past few weeks, so my writing schedule has had to take second place to seeing my clients and doing family things.  Maybe you should be … [Read more...]

Balance Roundup: 12 February 2014

It's been a while since we've had a good roundup post, and I've been reading some fantastic stuff recently. So, I've lined up a few of my favorites to share with you. My Monday post this week was inspired by several things. One of them was this article by Carolyn Thomas of Heart Sisters. She explores the cost of a "positive attitude" for heart … [Read more...]

Sometimes Self-Care Includes Sad

This has been on my mind for a little while.  It probably started during a #BCSM (Breast Cancer & Social Media) chat about dealing with bumps and ruts in the journey toward health.  Moderator Alicia Staley (@stales) asked me if was "okay to stay in a rut sometimes."  My reflexive answer to that was, "Yes, of course." That might be a … [Read more...]