Embracing Radical Self-Acceptance

One of my favorite DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) concepts is Radical Acceptance. It speaks to accepting something as it is, right now. Radical Acceptance reminds me of the title of an old movie ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.”  It’s about letting go, not fighting against what is, and allowing things to be as they … More Embracing Radical Self-Acceptance

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A Cup Full of Self-Compassion: Kindness Challenge Reflection

Is your cup half empty or half full? More important than how full is your cup, is WHAT is your cup filled with? There have been times in my life where my cup has been filled with negative thoughts, poor self image, and painful memories. When our cups are filled with negativity, self-compassion is impossible. … More A Cup Full of Self-Compassion: Kindness Challenge Reflection

Kindness Challenge Reflection: Self-Love

Self-love can be a difficult thing to find when you have spent your life feeling “less than.” A history of traumatic events can lead a person to erect a concrete wall around their heart. Love for others is difficult, but love of self can become nearly impossible. Short of breaking out a jack hammer, how … More Kindness Challenge Reflection: Self-Love

Making the Shift: An Evening Ritual

In a recent post I discussed the value of a morning ritual to support focus, creativity, and peace. I have found that a brief evening ritual can support the transition from work to home. Working in community mental health care can be challenging and sometimes stressful. It is important to set aside the content of … More Making the Shift: An Evening Ritual

Seeking Kindness: 2017 Kindness Challenge

 The news media, internet, car radio and even the person standing behind you in the grocery store these days can be the source of anger, frustration, fear mongering, or hate. I grew up hearing my grandmother admonish all of her grandchildren with “you’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” I never understood why I … More Seeking Kindness: 2017 Kindness Challenge

A WARM Morning Ritual

Those who know me well are cognizant that I do not naturally lean towards rituals, habits and organization. I thrive in creativity and fluidity. However, in my professional practice, I have discovered the value of daily rituals. I have come to discover that well planned rituals can create smooth transitions from home life to professional … More A WARM Morning Ritual

3 Ways to Have All the Time in the World

“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.”  ~ John Burroughs We all have the same amount of time allotted each day. In fact, time is … More 3 Ways to Have All the Time in the World

Creating a Personal Occupational Wellness Plan

Creating wellness in our lives is simple, but not always easy. Our work life is often overlooked when considering self-improvement. Developing a plan to incorporate wellness into our work requires time for self reflection. Find a quiet space and make yourself comfortable. Take out a pen and paper and set aside an hour or two … More Creating a Personal Occupational Wellness Plan

A Mindful Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day is often filled with hearts, flowers and high expectations. A recent visit to the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibit in Seattle reminded me of the complexity of relationships. Like this chandelier art piece, life swirls and changes. The deeper you look into your life, the more you see. Take a few … More A Mindful Valentine’s Day