Hey there and happy 2019 everyone! I felt as though we saw the world struggle quite a bit in 2018, though I'm constantly optimistic of the wonderful things that are yet to come in this brand new calendar year. I believe we can all learn from our mistakes (as individuals and a society) to help create a happier, healthier, and more compassionate world.
I like to believe that we are all doing the best we can with what we have, but we can always learn more to do better. This is what I like to think of as a trauma-informed view of the world. This thought processes and others I have adopted from my trauma-informed education help me to approach people, situations, and challenges with compassion and wonder vs. frustration and judgement. I have been fortunate enough over my many years of education to have teachers and mentors that have opened my eyes, expanded my mind, and have helped me transform the way I look at and interact with the world.
Now with all of that "hippee-dippee" stuff (as some would call it) out there, I want to let some of you skeptics know that the information I will be sharing is based in research done in behavioral health and neuropsychology. There are a lot of "feel good" techniques that can be used, but I like knowing the science behind why it works and how it helps our bodies and minds.
The Journey Guide is not a "how-to" book or a "what's next" adventure guide. These monthly posts will mostly focus on topics in the areas of grief and trauma - (hopefully helpful) tips and tricks about many different aspects of some of life's toughest journeys. This is just a blog from a mental health professional looking to share all of the wonderful things I have learned in my education and my wonderful experiences - hoping to spread some education, hope, and inspiration as I go!
My goal is to help you think differently about these topics, gain a better understanding (if they are new to you), and help build a more compassionate base as you work with yourself and/or companion others on these, or other, tough journeys.
Join me each month as we talk about the "tough stuff" so we can create a better world for each one of us! The world needs the helpers to continue to step up and spread the love | joy | comfort | acceptance | community + so much more.