Happy New Year!

2016, you know what I say to you? Good riddance (along with some other choice bad words)!  I thought  2015 was the worst but then 2016 came along and laughed. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s felt like this either. We’ve watched the funny social media clips from Black Sheep  with Chris Farley…

The BEST gift….

It’s the frenzied time of year where even making a quick trip to the store seems like a chore. Is it really worth it with all the traffic? Forget the West Town Mall exit. And, you couldn’t pay me to go to Turkey Creek. It’s nuts out there….like really nuts! People are shooting each other…

We are all smart!

We used to hear a lot about the left vs. right brain. And, it does seem accurate that many people with have a strength in math rather than language, and vice versa. It’s not that we can’t succeed in both but it’s almost like one comes more naturally, and it does. But, what I’m trying…

Growing pains

Doesn’t it seem like the older you get, the more stressful life becomes? Then, I go to work and am reminded that there are also 5 year olds who are struggling, stressed, and resistant to growing. Just yesterday, I checked in with a small kindergarten boy who’s only 5. He lives with Grandmother, dad is…

Shelving it

As a counselor, one might expect that I would support facing emotions head-on. Acknowledge and confront feelings. Tackle problems right away. Talk about what’s on your mind. Don’t deny or run away from discomfort. Deal. Some of these ideas have surfaced throughout my blogging, yes, but I’m also suggesting another strategy today as we cope…

Outlet

“out”- moving or appearing to move away from a particular place, especially one that is enclosed or hidden “let”-not prevent or forbid “outlet”-a means of expressing one’s talents, energy, or emotions I am fascinated by this word, outlet, a word that’s been speaking to me lately for some reason. While I’m stopped at red lights,…

Mindfulness and the Garden

We are hearing about it more and more: MINDFULNESS. Some schools are even teaching ‘mindfulness’ and it’s working. Discipline referrals will drop and the overall climate can improve. Some schools use yoga while others are simply focusing on breathing activities. Mindfulness to me is becoming more aware and slowing down, two actions that aren’t valued in…

Truth, Acceptance, Choice = Peace

This is less about children and more about you. No matter where you are, what your age, what your religion, or what your life looks like, life is complicated and also simple. This is all about parenting and nothing about parenting….because good parents are good people. Yes, good individuals. And I believe we should all…

Speak up

  Just a little story to celebrate my quiet but fierce growing girl. Don’t we all want our girls to be confident enough to speak up when they feel hurt? Don’t we all want our girls to be brave enough to say what they feel? Don’t we hope for our girls to have the courage to ask questions…

A breath of fresh air

I’ve spent the past day and a half at my house, inside. While this doesn’t sound like much, it’s one day too much. As you can see from my last post, I’ve been in a state of laziness, I’ve been sick, and and I’ve had a lot of inside time. At first, it was nice…

People Change

What many may not know about me is that I spent the first 5 years of my life growing up on a farm in Claiborne County. I was quite content spending my days playing outside, picking green beans, swimming naked, and playing with my dogs while being raised by my hippy parents. The picture above…

“QUIET STRENGTH”

Many times, we celebrate the tangible, actions we can see and experience, and events that bring us joy. Lately, as a parent, I have been vocal in expressing my pride in Brody’s progression and strength after all he’s gone through. He continues to amaze me and many others, and I will not stop praising him…