Start with One.
One deep breath.
One brussel sprout.
One honest, yet much-needed talk.
One clean glass of water.
One bottle unbought.
One more minute to get there.
One more peaceful thought.
One true need.
One beat before leaving.
One trip to the park.
One overdue goodbye.
One bag of recycling.
One act done in kindness.
One reusable coffee mug.
One sunrise alone.
One sunset with friends.
One meal without phones.
One firm boundary set.
One more of this.
One less of that.
One time let it go.
One time don’t react.
One trigger unfollowed.
One debt repaid.
One try again tomorrow for
One start begun today.
“A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.” -Dorothy Canfield Fisher
This photo by the lake feels real to me: my eyes are closed and I’m clutching my phone, yet my boys are happy by my side and my heart knows that I am standing right where I should be.
Taking the time to rest models healthy behaviors and nurtures the peace in our hearts. Finding that peace alongside those we love can be one of life’s greatest blessings. I try my best to nourish and protect my own energy because I cherish the responsibility I’ve been given to care for those I love.
Directions Wellness began as a desire to provide a space of safe, practical, natural, energy-based support to “care for the caregiver.”
Within hours of entering the world of pediatric brain cancer, I wished that there was a handbook -a set of “directions” to help me push past the terror and desperation clouding my judgement and choose what was best for our family.
As time went on, I saw the need for an integrative approach to healthcare, and felt at home bridging the gap between the conventional treatment our child desperately needed to save his life with the support that can come from a variety of natural healing modalities.
For many, healthy options can be difficult to find and implement. Finding ways to feel well despite mounting obstacles became my mission. Over the last five years, that mission evolved into vocation, and the emerging platform became Directions Wellness.
Oftentimes, those who by choice or by circumstance are responsible for the wellbeing of others can lose sight of their own self care. I share my knowledge and experience as a behavioral health educator and functional practitioner as a means to help others discover, personalize, and examine their health options -no matter how seemingly vast or limited the time and resources.
This week, I took my own self-care advice and recharged with family by Lake Michigan. As a result, my body is rested and gratitude fills my heart as I humbly offer my best self to those around me.
Peace, love, practice, and hope…
Letting go is not the same as forgetting. Loss happens. Illness and injury happens. But, LIFE happens to matter most of all. What we do with our pain is up to us. Do we ignore it? Do we surrender to it? Do we let it define us? Or, do we feel it, tend it, and grow through it? We are not what happens to us. We are who we become -driven by our choices, our actions, and our reactions to life’s blessings and trials. Notice those blessings; learn through the trials; and nourish the gift of life that remains.
Always in search of a positive path while still living a life in the now.
Smile: it’s Monday!
Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.
-Thomas S. Monson
Abraham has never been at a loss for words, yet when it comes to Santa, crickets. Not a single word spoken until prodded by Dad, he finally asked Santa for Granny to have flowers for Christmas.
Peace, love, and joy…
rend·er /rendər/ verb
- provide or give (a service, help, etc.)
- cause to be or become; make
- furnish for consideration
- transmit to a clearer form
If you are happy and I am happy – that makes two.
If I am also happy for you, and you are also happy for me – that’s four.
Why just add to the joy of the season when we can plainly multiply it?
Render a plot of life unique
No other trek will do.
Judge others not
What they begot
Admeasure all paths as true.
Peace on Earth.
“The heart that gives, gathers.” ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching.
Taking care of ourself should be a priority. Our body, mind, and spirit grow strongest with proper use.
So, eat well.
We gather a love only as plentiful as the seeds of compassion we share.
I wish you all big love.
Dividing lines are forming fast.
The rift remains the same:
A crooked, selfish, hellish blaze
Where hatred fans the flames.
Water, peace, and Mother Earth
Were challenged then and now.
What needs to change
Is scope and range
Till tolerance abounds.
May native lands grow calm again.
May the water run free and pure.
May individual freedom reign,
And humanity endure.
We are one.
Peace, love, and hope…
We can be the image we wish to see.
It begins within.
It begins with me.
A smile is a simple place to start a chain reaction of kindness.
Peace, love, and hope…