Beginning in 2004, August 26 became National Dog Day when animal behaviorist Colleen Paige wanted to bring attention to adopting dogs instead of purchasing from a breeder. She also founded numerous other pet holidays you can read about here. She chose August 26 because that was the day 10 year old Colleen and her family adopted … Continue reading Mental Health Benefits from Dogs
If anyone needed a Self-Care Sunday, it was Vincent Van Gogh. Not only is he famous for his expressive and colorful paintings, he is also known for his mental health challenges. Many have speculated about why he behaved so erratically, and then committed suicide at the age of 37. I'm not here to speculate those … Continue reading Immersed in Van Gogh’s Paintings
When high school began, fitting in was a high priority for me. I tried to be especially nice to the 'popular kids', hoping they would like me. As time went by and I became more focused on choosing what college to go to, what my major would be, and just generally thinking about the future. … Continue reading Worried About What Others Think?
Since I began blogging, I‘ve connected with a lot of great people who are smart, funny, and have great stories to share. As a mid-life woman, I was drawn towards stories from other women about the changes that happen during this time of life. One blog that I've really enjoyed and found very informative is … Continue reading How I’m ‘Navigating the Change’
This Self-Care Sunday (SCS) is dedicated to the day trip. A quick little adventure to reset and refresh both physically and mentally. Our recent day trip was to Catalina Island, which is about a one and a half hour boat trip off the coast of California. The boat trip there was an easy ride, and … Continue reading SCS: Catalina Island
I’m back! For those of you keeping track, this is my first post since July 4th. I’ve been so buried in my school work that I just didn’t have the brain power to put together any blog posts. Not only did I have to learn how to be a student again, but this was my first … Continue reading Two Study Techniques for Life
Since this Independence Day holiday also falls on a Self-Care Sunday (SCS), it got me thinking about what independence means to me in my day to day living. I’ve done enough traveling to some very oppressed places to find that independence is so easy to take for granted. Too many people are struggling just to … Continue reading SCS: What does independence mean to me?
Since I started school a week and a half ago, I've read 10 chapters, taken three quizzes, written five discussion posts, and that's just the beginning! I still have midterm exams, a research paper, and of course final exams to look forward to finishing. I guess what I'm trying to say is, the reason why … Continue reading Am I Crazy for Going Back to School?
This past Monday I began my first day of school at our local community college. The goal is to finish a one year program in order to receive a certificate in Integrative Health Coaching. This semester’s classes are Medical Terminology (Ugh!) and Public Health. It’s a far left turn from my previous career as a … Continue reading The First Step to a New Career has Begun!
Just a reminder for everyone (including myself) that everyday we have something to celebrate. It’s not about impressing other people. It’s not about achieving some big milestone. It’s about recognizing we are still doing things that matter, even when our anxiety and negative thoughts lead us to believe otherwise. For me, I’ve been studying medical … Continue reading You’re Winning