Did you know that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February 1st? JUST SAY NO (TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION’S with me!). Read my latest blogpost for Center for Change about other ways you can stay on track in 2019…
Fall in our area is a breathtaking event. When the heat of summer fades, and cooler temps take over, it signals the trees that a time of transformation is near. Their normal leafy foliage shifts from bland green to a symphony of blazing oranges, yellows, and reds. But within a few short weeks, the color festival is over as the leaves detach from their branches and drift to the ground.
They let go in such a gentle and beautiful way. And with no regrets.
Spring is often viewed as a time of rejuvenation and a fresh start, but autumn is regarded as the perfect time to wrap up projects and finalize loose ends before the New Year arrives. Many people also use fall as a time to look back and reflect on what hasn’t served them well over the last ten months and use that wisdom to prepare for the next 12 that will be gifted to us after the New Year. Like a tree shedding its leaves, we humans can use this time to “let go” and transform as well. In reality, the trees are showing us a valuable lesson right this very moment.
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.
Read the rest of my blogpost for Center for Change here…
September is one of those months that just has a lot going on.
Of course, there are the common milestones that occur around this time every year like Labor Day and the first day of school; both of which indicate that summer is officially over.
Its’ also a month packed with important observances and campaigns. From National Suicide Prevention and Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to the “Never Forget” mantra honoring 9/11, September is a month filled with reasons to remember while also acknowledging how fragile life can really be.
But the one that tends to get lost in the shuffle is one that is incredibly important to me and also many of my friends and colleagues. Created by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Recovery Month (also called Recovery Month) is an observance held every September; one that is designed to educate Americans how substance use treatment and mental health services are the keys to helping those who struggle with these issues rally and live a healthy life.
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Our brains, no matter what age we are, can sometimes be like an over-active toddler. We respond immediately to “shiny objects,” noises, and colorful stimulants so our attention is constantly being shifted from one thing to another.
If you’re five, that is completely normal behavior. If you are an adult trying to hold down a job or even complete tasks at home, these constant distractions make it a challenge to get anything done.
As much as we want our ducks in a row, our lives are often more like squirrels at a rave.
The sad fact is that we allow so much to crowd into our every waking moment, we’ve become immune to the beauty and guidance of subtle nudges, signs, and revelations.
We all need to slow down and just be for a few minutes. Sit outside, sip coffee and just soak up the sun and fresh air. Just hold a quiet space for 15-20 minutes and let our brain rest. Like that rambunctious toddler, we all need to learn to be still.
So what does being still look and feel like? Unlike what the phrase implies being still is not like playing a game of Freeze Tag where everyone goes into statue-mode when a teammate yells “freeze!”
To be still does mean to stop moving, but it also means to start observing. It means taking a break from the headlong rush of a day to just breathe and appreciate.
Here are a handful of ways we can all create some quiet space in our lives…even if it’s only for a few minutes:
Read the full list at Center for Change…
This past month I had the incredible opportunity in participating in my first protest, as well as an annual diabetes advocacy event called Call to Congress in Washington, D.C. I often say to people that being an activist is one of the best things that I’ve ever done for my mental health. When I kept my secrets of living with type 1 diabetes and/or an eating disorder, it was me that was struggling, not anyone else. This is why I love the quote from Brene Brown that says, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy–the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
Read the rest of my blogpost on Center for Change’s website…
I recently shared my story with PsyCom of living with bulimia nervosa and diabetes, and how I used balancing my blood sugars as a cover for binging and purging.
You can read the whole article here: https://www.psycom.net/bulimia-hiding-my-eating-disorder/.
For 12 years I had suffered in denial, silence, shame, guilt, and despair. I didn’t believe there was another life that I could live. It wasn’t until going to treatment, along with my family and friends support, that I realized there was a wonderful life to live out there. I just needed to be honest with my struggles, accept help and believe that I was worth it.
Read the rest of my blogpost in honor of National Eating Disorder Awareness week here: https://centerforchange.com/why-we-need-to-be-talking-about-eating-disorders-and-type-1-diabetes/.
You know what the greatest thing about our lives is? Every day we get a second chance to make the next best decision. When we focus on that, we can turn our failures into opportunities for change and growth.
Read my latest blogpost for Center for Change: “Wrestling with Failure & Turning it into Positive Action”…
What I realized from staying silent for so many years about my struggles was it was hurting me the most. By staying silent about my journey I continued to believe that it was shameful and that it should be something hidden. I believe there needs to be an open dialogue about the many people who live with an eating disorder, or another mental illness. Will you join me in having this conversation? I want to hear your story.
Read my first blogpost for Center for Change as their National Diabetes Ambassador here. ..