False Buttons: What If There IS Something You Can Do About It

A few months back I was with a friend who was telling me about all the problems she was facing in life, which were overwhelming. The problems ranged from financial to medical and were affecting her whole family, including her parents and her children. She concluded her part of the conversation with this statement: "But, there's nothing I can really do about it." I looked at her and said, "What if that's a lie?" ...more

It's so hard to catch because it is a knee-jerk reation at the gut level. I had to pay such ...more

Good News: My Kids Aren't Actually Killing Me. It Just Feels Like They Are!

Annual check up and the news is good - I've got a resting heart rate of 51 bpm and the lung capacity of a teenager. It's official: my kids are not actually killing me. It just feels like they are! Worry lines aside, maybe motherhood is good for my health, forcing me to put all that yogic pranayama breathing to work. When things get crazy (ha! as if they're ever not crazy!), if I remember to unclench my jaw and take a deep breath, my heart slows down. All the oxygen to the brain helps me form words - like "Pants! On! Now!" - despite the shrieking I'm hearing in my own head....more

Giving Myself a Kick in the Pants

I have been SERIOUSLY lacking motivation lately.  I need to exercise.  I don't feel like it.  I need to keep on top of the house cleaning.  Don't wanna.  There's some big topics I want to cover in this blog.  Uggghhh...really?  I don't have the energy right now.  I need to do some cool stuff with the kids while we're trapped indoors.  Meh.     ...more

Gifting Compassion


The Boundaried Branch

Staying Healthy: For Myself and for My Son

I have to be strong to be Leo's mom. Both physically and mentally. Not just now, but forever. My son needs me to be healthy and have stamina -- because however intense his needs are now, he will need as much if not more support when he becomes a man, and I need to be able to take care of him. He's almost ten, nearing puberty, nearer to adulthood than not -- I need to take care of health factors over which I have control, so that I can be here for him as long as possible. ...more

How it goes and what you're doing to take care of yourself, so we can learn too.

I hope ...more

Do-It-Yourself Healthcare: A Smart Idea?

The other day I was debating merits of DIY healthcare with my buddy, Brian Klepper, PhD -- healthcare analyst and pundit extraordinaire. He is not a fan, preferring instead to have better, stronger, more informed, technologically enabled physicians working in accountable care organizations. I am also a big believer in ACOs, patient-centered medical homes, and informed physicians -- and all that stuff -- but I think health care consumers (aka patients) are going to want to control more of their healthcare than they are currently able to do today. ...more

It was present even before the Internet. If you can't afford an appointment with a physician you ...more

When Do YOU Come First?

 Self-care, a novel idea for most of you. For me too, but I’m learning. As a nurse, we tell our families they need to take of themselves so they can take care of their loved ones when they are better. We forget to take our own advice....more

Relieving Stress with Authenticity

“I know it’s a big, DUH!” said my friend. “There is almost no pain when I am being authentic to my own needs and feelings.” It was so well-put, I felt compelled to share it with a little commentary on why this is vital to living well when we are facing big challenges....more

Why Do I Feel Guilty When It Comes To Spending $ On Myself?

I constantly feel guilty when it comes to spending money on myself.My grey hair has been showing more these days. So decided to go to the hair salon to color & highlight my hair. Called & cancelled twice before today. Was just going to call & cancel again when I happened to tune in to Oprah's show where Dr. Christiane Northrup was talking about how important it is for women to take care of ourselves or else the body/mind/spirit would just breakdown. This usually happens after age 35....more