Take a leap of faith!

It doesn’t have to be earth shattering. It doesn’t have to make you sick, this fear inducing, life altering change. It can be a little baby step, a conscious, self aware intent to make a change. I will always remember the time I made a decision to move from Massachusetts to San Francisco. I was …

Read moreTake a leap of faith!

Practice what I teach?

A very humbling moment, I will try and show grace to myself. Whether it is from my books, my courses or the students I teach at school, I have loads of strategies to share in dealing with depression and anxiety. After having to have sudden surgery, my anxiety reared its very large and powerful head. …

Read morePractice what I teach?

I would be happy, if only….

I would be happy if only….fill in the blank. My life had been filled with that phrase. It started when I was very young. If only: I didn’t have that freckle on my faceI didn’t have this compulsionI didn’t have this obsessionI was thinI didn’t have my pastI didn’t have the regretsI had my soulmateI …

Read moreI would be happy, if only….

sun setting

Rehearse until it is real

I have been practicing Conscious Discipline (By Dr. Becky Bailey) for many years. As a classroom management strategy, when students come into the class, I notice all appropriate behavior and voice that out loud. If disruption happens, I do not point that out but instead voice out loud the specific on-task behaviors I see and …

Read moreRehearse until it is real

night sky

Depression in Winter?

Winter blues are real! Since I can remember, every year during the winter months, I struggled with depression. Maybe it was the lack of sun, shorter days or too much negative thinking. Regardless, when I was younger I thought it would never end! But then spring and summer would come and I was happy and …

Read moreDepression in Winter?

Rescued dog: Zelda, my Mirror

(This was written in the summer of 2020) Self doubt is a perilous thing.  It seeps in, without us even being aware, causing confusion and mayhem.  Being in a contained room with my recently spayed Zelda is teaching me a lot about myself.  It’s the ole mirror mirror story I often tell. A little backstory.  …

Read moreRescued dog: Zelda, my Mirror

healing power of animals

Anxiety: I can’t breathe

I can’t breathe. . . Breathe they say. So I try. Sometimes another tack is needed. Today I got down on my hands and knees and played with my dog, puppy style, in the back yard. It’s a joyful experience for us both. I usually find myself laughing as the kid in me comes out …

Read moreAnxiety: I can’t breathe

Zelda Spayed

Rescue Dog: It IS what it IS

My dog was recovering from being spayed. Because of some of her issues, especially not knowing how to be walked yet, we needed to keep her contained in a small room for 12 days.  What the heck, I joined her.  She has pretty bad separation anxiety so I hunkered down next to her and set up …

Read moreRescue Dog: It IS what it IS

Wild Flowers

Pandemic Ponderings

When you feel unlovable it hits you like a sledge hammer knocking you to the ground. You instantly connect and remember every time you felt rejected, abandoned, left behind, ignored. You also remembered the times you pushed people away as if the idea of loving you was preposterous or just incredibly uncomfortable. Thus begins the …

Read morePandemic Ponderings