Today marks 15 years since my father was violently taken from me, my family and our community. My grief as a victim of a violent crime is profound, even after all of these years, and at times it is all consuming. The fact that he was taken in a violent manner, with no warning, and no just cause adds another layer of challenging emotions. I wanted to just take a moment to acknowledge that there are many of us out there who have been through something like this. Maybe someone you know, probably many who you do not. Just a reminder that we all have something we are working through at any given moment. You always have the choice to be kind, to smile at someone just because, or to do a good deed…it may go farther than you think.
Please check out the link above. A colleague of mine is facilitating an online course at Stanford focusing on the challenges and opportunities of motherhood and working! What a fantastic and relevant topic so many of us are facing right now, myself included! Starts in September!
Over the weekend we took a day trip to New Melones Lake, located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills just outside of the cute little town of Angels Camp. The restrictions due to Covid-19 have fostered more road trips, local getaways and for us going to different lakes every chance we get, while staying within our social bubble. It’s no secret that getting outside, being in nature and adding some exercising has numerous benefits for our mental health. When I engage in these activities I find myself in a better mood, more patient with my children, I sleep better and honestly I just have a better outlook and perspective on small and big things in my life. So get outside….Doesn’t have to be fancy, doesn’t have to be for a long time, and you don’t have to overthink it!
As part of my practice I read many books covering various topics. Most recently I read the EDA’s Big Book. It was incredibly eye opening professionally but to be honest personally as well. I look forward to continuing to learn more about eating disorders, and to anyone struggling this book is a great place to start.
I recently spent some time with a wonderful group of girls from a local National Charity League discussing the challenges they are experiencing during this difficult time. I think it is so important to acknowledge the ambiguous losses, the stressors from of all the uncertainty and the many changes going forward that this age group will have to face. I’m glad to see resiliency, positive outlook’s and how this time has given so many teens a new perspective on life 🙂
This year I have been thinking a lot about setting intentions rather then resolutions! Resolutions tend to lose their luster by the end of January and people generally feel as though they cannot keep them. There are a lot of “shoulds” with resolutions, which feel less personal and more like habits we should break, or things we should do more of….this just does not feel meaningful. For me intentions are more about the journey. They are personal and stem from how someone may want to better their life. Through our journey comes growth and genuine change! So set your intentions, write them down, visualize them, and enjoy your journey down 2020!!