Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) changed my life. At 27, it was not necessarily a welcome diagnosis – one that came with far too many unknowns and potential grim outcomes. If I’m being honest, I’m lucky enough to live most of the time in unaffected by the disease. But, when I reflect on this journey of living with an invisible disease, I see I’ve learned some valuable lessons that have filtered into all aspects of my life. Lesson 1: Focus on what you can control.
“The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.” -Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ I’m a planner. I always have been, even as a kid. I like to know what is going to happen, when it’s going to happen, who will be involved, and how it’s going to get done. It’s a blessing and a curse – I get things done and keep things organized, but I also can get caught up in thinking so much about the future that I miss what’s happening right in fr
“You should have died by now, you know that right?” After detailing my nearly 5-year journey of living with anorexia, this was my therapist’s response. At only 19, I simply laughed. Dead? I don’t think so. Hospitalized? Maybe. I’d shared with my therapist how I ran with an off-hand comment from my high school track coach to have less soda and more water. How no one really knew until my physician didn’t clear me to run cross-country my sophomore year. How my parents gave me we
Imperfection. Something uncommon to strive for, yet, often what we achieve. "Imperfection," by Elizabeth Carlson, beautifully describes the process of learning to love our imperfections. This poem was shared with me in a mindfulness facilitation course. It resonated deeply, not only with my own mindfulness journey, but with my journey of life. Read and reflect. Read again, if need be, and simply sit with what is. Imperfection Elizabeth Carlson I am falling in love with my imp
Are you feeling a bit…unraveled lately? You are not alone! Between still living in a pandemic, the stresses of the current social climate, and navigating “normal” daily life, there are many days when I feel like if I hear one grumbling about dinner, another dog bark, or have to wash one more dish, I might seriously lose it! Thankfully, these five grounding techniques have helped me keep my cool - so far. Check them out! Staying grounded can make all the difference in your day
“It is what it is…so I just have to accept it...” Have you ever heard anyone who sounds like this? Someone who is unhappy with something, but, for some reason, has decided to just accept it as their fate. I’ve heard that someone. That someone was me. When I was working on my certification in health coaching, I was also working on being a client. Over the course of six months, I was not only practicing my coaching skills, I was also learning what the coaching experience is lik
My roommate and I used to spend hours talking, frustrated at the world, angry with society, fed up with the lack of connection in our world. We wondered how people let the world simply float by them and how people found their need for connection filled with media and technology. It simply didn’t make sense! It wasn’t until one of us stumbled upon Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Wherever You Go, There You Are that we discovered we were not only alone in our thinking, but there was actua
Everyone I know is ready to kick 2020 to the curb and ring in the new year. But, just like everything else in 2020, traditions around New Year’s Eve are going to look different than in years past. For one, how do you transition to a new year with hope and optimism when there is still so much uncertainty and so many unknowns looming on the horizon? If you’re feeling a bit lost on starting the new year, check out these 3 promising ways to kick off 2021! 2020 has been a year wit