Tag: Joy

Adventures & Antidotes

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I have a nine year old son who loves to read. Before bed, we’ll often grab a classic tale to read together. As I’m writing this, we’re deep into Treasure Island, enjoying the harrowing tale of a young boy named Jim Hawkins who winds up aboard a ship of marauding pirates. Jim has to use his wits to outsmart the mutinous crew as he seeks to right wrongs and avoid certain death. 

My son and I find ourselves drawn to the underdog hero, cheering his valiant escapades. We’re left wondering whether we could muster the courage to outwit the unscrupulous Long John Silver, whether we would put ourselves at risk to aid dying friends, and if we would be willing to undertake an arduous journey that would eventually lead to untold treasure.

We close the book after reading a few chapters at a time and find ourselves back in reality. I’ve somehow ended up in an uncomfortable sitting position, my back aching and my arm numb from holding the bo ...

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  • Burnout
  • Change
  • Coping
  • Effort
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Mindfullness
  • Mindset
  • Positivity
  • Practice
  • Prayer
  • Presence
  • Relationships
  • Rest
  • Story
  • Stress
  • Struggle
  • uncertainty
  • weariness

Tags:

  • Control
  • Dreams
  • Expectations
  • Hopes
  • Joy
  • anxious
  • breathing
  • change
  • coping
  • intention
  • intentional
  • present
  • rest
  • story
  • stress
  • success
  • time
  • unplug

The Playground

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You are sitting on a bench at your local playground. It’s sunny (despite Michigan’s temperamental weather). Your gaze begins to wander and settles on children climbing. They are climbing everywhere. It’s amazing, actually, how many things children can climb on. You further notice how they run, walk, slide down slides, play tag, squeal with delight on swings. Toddlers trundle off in a big, new-to-them world. They seem to take up space with ease; it’s their world, we’re just living in it. They are so sure that they belong wherever they go. Do you have this scene? For me, this imagined space invites lots of emotions: joy, wonder, delight, curiosity, and sadness. Yes, sadness. Because I, as an adult, have a harder time feeling so present and excited and happy and confident of belonging. I have more awareness and more to my story as to why these emotions make sense for me.


What is play, and why does it make sense for all humans of ...

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  • Adolescence
  • Attachment
  • Breathe
  • Change
  • Comfort
  • Emotions
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Imagination
  • Mindfullness
  • Parenting
  • Positivity
  • Presence
  • Rest
  • Self-Care
  • Therapist
  • Trauma

Tags:

  • Emotions
  • Hopes
  • Joy
  • Parenting
  • Summer
  • balance
  • beauty
  • childhood
  • emotons
  • feelings
  • focus
  • growth
  • mindfullness
  • relaxation
  • self-care
  • trust

Values-Based Motherhood

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There are very few roles in the world with the expectation to be and do it all, quite like the role of a mother. There are also many contradicting messages about what exactly all of the IT we are meant to be doing is. So often, instead of challenging this ridiculous expectation, mothers succumb to the overwhelm of it all and just end up feeling like failures. The reality is, when you are expected to be and do it all, and you push yourself to achieve it, you are never really going to be doing any of it particularly well. How could you? This sets moms up for burnout in the one job you can not give up.


I recognize this phenomenon in every mom that sits across from me in therapy and I look upon their faces with so much empathy because years ago, that was me! What changed the game for my motherhood a few years ago, is that I came across the podcast, The Lazy Genius, and felt like this woman was throwing me a lifeline! She encouraged her listen ...

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  • Breathe
  • Control
  • Coping
  • Decisions
  • Effort
  • Emotions
  • Exhaustion
  • Failure
  • False self
  • Family
  • Goals
  • Mindset
  • Parenting
  • Practice
  • Relationships
  • Rest
  • Self-Care
  • Stress

Tags:

  • Confidence
  • Control
  • Emotions
  • Expectations
  • Hopes
  • Joy
  • Parenting
  • Women
  • acceptance
  • balance
  • boundaries
  • challenge
  • coping
  • focus
  • growth
  • intentional
  • parent
  • reflection
  • reframe
  • relationships
  • self-esteem

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