Losing a friend to suicide, and the mental health work ahead

I lost a friend to suicide last week.⁣⁣ I am heartbroken. ⁣⁣ Beyond the grief, I’m also even more aware that there’s still so much mental health work to do. ⁣⁣ Depression has an end stage, just like cancer, heart disease, and other serious illnesses do. We need to think about it the same way, … Read more

Do you feel your feelings? Or bury them down deep?

Do you shove your feelings down? Bury them deep? Keep them from coming up and out? ⁣⁣It may seem like it’s easier to ignore feelings of hurt, anger, and sadness. But if you don’t acknowledge them, they can really wear on you mentally and physically, and you might not even know it. ⁣⁣ Instead, try … Read more

Thanksgiving 2020 amidst covid

Thanksgiving may look different this year for so many of us, and it’s hard. ⁠⁠I’m focusing on all that I’m grateful for right now, which definitely helps. But I’m not ignoring my sadness. It’s important to allow ourselves to feel our feelings – anger, frustration, disappointment – all are valid. Feel them and process them. … Read more

How a sea of emptiness turned into a journey to fill my soul

⁠⁠It’s funny that what seemed like a sea of emptiness a few years ago was instead a journey to fill my soul in ways I never would have imagined.⁠⁠ Let me explain…⁠⁠ When we first moved to Maui almost five years ago, I left behind all my close friends and family. The loneliness was unbearable, … Read more

How are you showing up for yourself this year?⁣⁣⁠

The big lessons I learned in 2019 were all about looking inward – knowing when to take more down time, really tuning in to both my mind and body, and paying more attention to my needs. ⁣⁣⁠ Trust me, these were difficult adjustments for me to make. After resisting for months, I finally surrendered. ⁣⁣⁠⁣⁠ … Read more

Why God brought my journey to Maui

“Why have you brought me here?” ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠I’ve asked God this question countless times over the past three and a half years since we moved to Maui.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠This island is beautiful, there’s no doubt about it. My journey here, though, has been filled with triggers, trauma, and loneliness.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ But I’ve finally figured out why … Read more

Let’s talk about self care

Let’s talk about self care. You may have noticed, I didn’t do my usual Monday post last week. Truth is, I didn’t have the energy to eke it out.⁣⁣⁠ ⁣⁣⁠ I’ve been exhausted over the past few months as my body continues to heal from my upper cervical misalignment. It’s forcing me to take time … Read more

A funny thing happened in therapy recently…

⁣⁣I thought I had mastered the message on my shirt: “Once you stop chasing happiness, you find it.” ⁣⁣It was a tough one for me to get through my stubborn head, but I finally did it during therapy a few years ago in Ohio. I totally believed it, and have lived it ever since. ⁣⁣ … Read more

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