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?
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
People ask me to write about parenting and marriage. This makes me chuckle because I feel like .... well, a.) their bar is pretty low at that point, and b.) the older I and my kids get, and the longer I've been married, the more I realize I don't know much. When my kids were … Continue reading You Are A Good Enough Mom
A very brave, strong, courageous friend posted the other day that he may be MIA from social media for a little bit because he was struggling intensely with anxiety and depression. He was practicing self-care, and I sat back and just chewed on the fact that part of that self-care was sharing his current state. … Continue reading I Struggle Too
Someone out there needs to know: You are not alone. The suffering that you do in silence - those pervasive, persistent thoughts that overwhelm you, and the pain you walk around in while appearing to be fine - it is not inconsequential. People care. I care. I care that you are suffering, and that you … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
Someone needs something on this list. Take as many as you need, and pass it along. Happy Friday! You're awesome. DO. NOT. QUIT. Take that leap of faith you've known for a while you need to take. You're enough, just as you are. Do it afraid. No, you DON'T deserve to be treated that way. … Continue reading Take What You Need
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
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