Are You A Supportive Listener?

I read something recently that was written as a guideline for a meeting. At first, it felt rather restrictive and I felt intimidated by it, and afraid to share input if I would happen to have any. But then I went back over the guidelines and could really appreciate that they were written to keep … Continue reading Are You A Supportive Listener?

If These Pounds Could Talk

I carry extra pounds. And I wish those pounds could talk, because they have a story to tell, and important things to teach. If these pounds could talk, they would tell you that I started learning to love myself at my highest weight, not my lowest. I did not feel better about myself with less … Continue reading If These Pounds Could Talk

I Don’t Know What To Title This, But It’s About Suicide

In the wake of the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain this week, all I can think about is that I wish a.) I could say THE thing that would stop anyone else from taking that final step, and b.) I could explain to everyone who's never suffered from suicidal ideation what it's like … Continue reading I Don’t Know What To Title This, But It’s About Suicide

Things To Not Say To Someone With PTSD/Trauma

General Rule: If you would not say it to someone who was paralyzed in a car accident, about their paralyzation or any of the complications that go with it, don't say it to someone who has PTSD (or someone who's suffered a traumatic event, or who's lost a spouse or child or parent or sibling, … Continue reading Things To Not Say To Someone With PTSD/Trauma