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Day 20

A rousing game of Pictionary last night with the family was just what the doctor ordered. I love board games, and deep in a place in my heart that I don't often allow myself to acknowledge, I know that board games are no longer cool. But neither are hand made wool socks, listening to Cyndi...

Day 21

This week was very informative as it was nearly impossible to find opportunities to take better care of myself. It is apparent now that I have gone through the last months thinking to myself during the week, "I will take care of XYZ on the weekend, I will do XYZ for myself on the weekend, I...

Day 24

Now I understand why I don't write blogs during the work week. My mind is mush, my energy level is grossly subpar, and my self-care opportunities are slim to none. Working 12-14 hour days yesterday and today has left me spent. I discovered very few opportunities to provide extra self-care to...

Day 26

Returning to work made it difficult to successfully complete day 26 in my mission to take extra good care of myself. There were only two opportunities that I could find, and each was fleeting. The first came late this afternoon when I realized that I was fatigued before I began a meeting I was...

Day 27

Waking up struck by a desire to be alone, I paused and realized it is day 27, I am trying to go above and beyond my usual attempt to care for myself. It has always been a hard pill for those who love me most to recognize that I am an introvert, and yet it has always been clear to me.

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28 day fixer upper

This time of year is always the hardest for me; I get antsy, am more easily frustrated, desire more instant gratification, and am generally less interested in being around others. My heart freezes, I want to quit my job, I have difficulty getting on the yoga mat, and I say no to hanging out...

Shame

Working with clients and systems, I have the pleasure and challenge of sitting with people when they experience big feelings. The feeling that seems widely accepted as the most challenging, or in some cases the most dangerous, is anger. However, I strongly believe that the most challenging and...

The cards dealt

While leading a group of teens this past week in a discussion about complex trauma, one of the 15-year-olds said, "I know what you are talking about...it's like when I wore sneakers to school that were so small my toes were curled under." He went on to say, "as soon as I got to school my friend...

Old town welcome

Moving 14 times in the last 13 years has taught me many wonderful lessons. There are a few I continue to learn time and time again, one of the most important being that there is nothing that can make a place feel like a home more than being welcomed into a community. Every time a move occurs,...

Magic nutribullet

It is a never ending quest I am on to find products, materials, gadgets, and strategies that improve health. Most recently I purchased the magic nutribullet to assist in smoothie making and vegetable drinking. The actual device is quite convenient, intelligent and user-friendly, and does the...

social media misrepresentation

There was a significant gap between the time my friends and colleagues began to utilize social media and the time that I began. To this day, I would describe myself as quite delayed in regard to being social media savvy. However, even for me, a person that often forgets to check my sites,...

Water

With the turn of the seasons, dryness has set in. When I visit my mom for the weekend, the wood stove crackles and simultaneously sucks all of the hydration out of the air, and in turn my skin, nails, and hair. Walking out into bitter and snowy wilderness, my cheeks chap from the lack of...