Some Days Are Like That…

When my children were young, I would read to them every night. It was a great way to connect with my kids at the end of the day. I enjoyed revisiting books of my youth and was also introduced to new book series that Justin loved. One of our favorites was Alexander and the Terrible,Continue reading “Some Days Are Like That…”

Apply Grace and Grit Liberally

Recently I created a short video for We Are Brave Together. The prompt was to share a piece of helpful advice for moms with children diagnosed with a disability. It was easy to talk about the two things that have helped me the most on my journey. I am talking about grit and grace. TheseContinue reading “Apply Grace and Grit Liberally”

Consistency Over Intensity

As I write this, we are already a week into 2022. I am not someone who charges into the new year at warp speed. I like to ease into the year. I take time to reflect on the year that has gone by. I slowly assess what I accomplished in the previous year and whatContinue reading “Consistency Over Intensity”

Action Lessens the Fear

The last few days, I have not slept well. I have been tossing and turning. Waking up often and having bad dreams. I think Oprah said, “When you know better, you do better.” Well, Oprah, I disagree. My toolbox is full of techniques and protocols to optimize sleep. You can have ample knowledge, but ifContinue reading “Action Lessens the Fear”

When Gratitude Eludes You

We celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States in November. Stories of thanks and gratitude are abundant. But what if gratitude eludes you? What if in the storm you do not see any clear skies or rainbows? When the world seems high on life, and you are not, then what? I saw a post that read:Continue reading “When Gratitude Eludes You”

Holiday Expectations and Stress

The holidays can bring up a lot of emotion. The most wonderful time of the year is often the most stressful time of the year. The actions we choose to cope with or diminish the stress are not always the healthiest. We over-commit, overspend, overeat, over-drink. Holidays can seem more challenging when you have aContinue reading “Holiday Expectations and Stress”

Caregiver Burnout: Understand it. Prevent it.

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion. It may be accompanied by a change in attitude, from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned. Burnout can occur when caregivers don’t get the help they need, or if they try to do more than they are able, physically, emotionally, or financially. ManyContinue reading “Caregiver Burnout: Understand it. Prevent it.”

A Care Plan is Vital for Caregivers

We must take care of ourselves so that we can care for others. We cannot pour from an empty cup, yet we try. Todd and I have worked hard to develop a care plan. We have created a community to support our family. This allows us time to take care of our needs. AbilityFirst isContinue reading “A Care Plan is Vital for Caregivers”

Loving The Lasso Way

“If the Lasso way is wrong, it’s hard to imagine being right.” Trent Crimm, The Independent. I agree with you 1,000 percent Trent Crimm of The Independent. I was recently introduced to Ted Lasso by my favorite meditation instructor, who I have yet to meet in person, Michael O’Brien. He is the founder of TheContinue reading “Loving The Lasso Way”