What exactly makes you feel at home? And what does home feel like? As tough as it can be going out your door, there’s something special about having a place or being a person that radiates kindness and warmth. Sharing that warmth means interacting with people who don’t have to be afraid or ashamed and we are committed to creating that environment. Our intent today is to share a little warmth.
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That’s right, I’m talking about HELP When my first child was born we had issues breastfeeding. It took two weeks of misery, tears, frustration, including a trip to the hospital for jaundice, pumping to get my supply back up because he wasn’t actually nursing and constant breakdowns before I finally hired a lactation consultant.
She checked everything and let me know he was too small to latch, gave me a plan to get him bigger, a hospital pump to rent, and my piece of mind back. Best whatever money it was that I ever spent.
I asked myself over and over, why did I wait so long? I could have made that so much easier so much sooner and would have been more present for those first two weeks. Instead I reached the point of frustration where I understood why someone would shake their baby (I never did! But I saw how it could happen.) Continue reading
Setting goals for ourselves is what keeps us moving forward. It’s what creates innovation, growth, and is the reason we pursue anything new. We set a goal and work to reach it. In and of itself, goal-setting is positive. But if we don’t fully understand all that is involved in creating and achieving our goals we can easily sabotage the process.
Fortunately, this is a mindset that we can change, and here are 3 key points to remember: Continue reading
Empathy is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.”
The action of understanding is an interesting sentence. It reminds us that it is an act, it is a choice. It’s not a thing you should consider yourself exempt from. It’s not that some people are empathetic and some people aren’t. It means that, for the most part, empathy is a trait you can choose to develop. Today our intent is to practice empathy.
And why does it matter at all? Continue reading
Holidays can be tough. Post-holidays can get harder.
The likelihood that you will bump into (or be) someone extra sensitive, overly anxious or unnecessarily upset is at an all-time high and our first reaction might be to match their emotional level. You feel justified in lashing out or shutting down, but is that really the best way to navigate this situation? Perhaps what everyone needs is a little extra dose of grace and kindness and where better to get those ingredients than you? Today our intent is to be a little extra kind.
You too? here are some ways and some reasons: Continue reading
If you’re somewhere surrounded by boxes and bags, we get it. It’s easy to get carried away by the stuff. Everything is on sale! And what better way to tell someone they matter than a thing. It can feel tangible and so sometimes it feels like the only thing that counts, but with a little mindfulness, we can be reminded that the stuff isn’t what builds relationship.
Today we want to set the intent of not getting caught up in the stuff. Instead we want to focus on contact, communication and our undivided attention. We want to give our time instead of another gadget that will get lost in a closet. What about you? You too? Here are 3 things to help you find and prioritize the things that matter most:
It’s time to relax. Now what? If you’re needing some fun stuff to do (solo, with friends or with family), we’ve got you. Here are our suggestions for some relaxing downtime: Continue reading
Who are you waiting on to save you?
Superhero films are a big market and it’s not just because we would all love to be super strong, super fast or super good looking. There is the relieving part of knowing that someone is coming to save us, that we’re not on our own, that someone else will step in. But what happens when they don’t? And do we really need someone else to step in? Sometimes, sure. Sometimes, being a hero is an outside job and that is okay. But we can forget that we also have the power to be our own heroes. Who knows us better than ourselves? Who else knows our distraction tactics, the lies we tell ourselves, our biggest triggers? We can be very dangerous to ourselves, but we can also be the heroes we need, because who else knows what we love, what really motivates us, what makes us light up?
So today we want to lean into that space- the space where we get to be the hero we’ve been looking for.
You too? Here are 3 resources to help: Continue reading
Most people look forward to their yearly vacation. Whether it’s just a short weekend here or a week there, getting away can have a great effect on your overall outlook. However, did you realize that a vacation can also help you to improve your overall wellbeing? It may sound bizarre, but a week by the sea or exploring an ancient city can help you be healthier.
Many people are skipping their vacation because of work demands, money, stress, or the ill effects caused from the time away. On average, the U.S. employee takes about 16 days off per year as of 2013. In 2000, the average was 20 days per year. When you deprive yourself of a much-needed break, you can cause damaging effects to your health. The stress overload is enough to kill you. Being able to immerse yourself in new surroundings can boost your brain power and allow your body to recharge. Here are five reasons why you should take a break. Continue reading
“You always look happy.” One of my neighbors said this to me once while out walking my dogs. Guess I was caught smiling again.
A smile can make a positive impact in any situation. It’s contagious. This is something we need to remember now that the holidays are here. You can enjoy those holiday parties and meals more by simply smiling.
The holidays are an opportunity to help reinforce the values and beliefs that are important to us. Yet many people feel overwhelmed and complain that they just want to survive the holidays. That’s a red-flag that values are taken for granted and you should adjust the traditions that have been set.
Even if you don’t feel “it” or aren’t in the moment, the simple act of smiling can change that perspective. Who cares if your Aunt Betty brings a casserole dish over for Christmas dinner that you won’t eat and find kind of gross? Focus on the good things happening. It’s best to just smile and be thankful for the moment to be there together. Continue reading