When the course of mindset is up in the air

When the course of mindset is up in the airChoo-choo woke up two hours earlier than usual this morning and refused to go back to sleep. After yesterday morning–when he quietly removed all the drawers from his dresser and placed them on the floor then filled the drawers with his toys–and yesterday afternoon–when he absolutely refused to lie down in bed and put up such a fight that I ended up sobbing in the bathroom while Diesel tended to our son–I was so not mentally and emotionally prepared for another sleepy time battle.

I so desperately wanted more shut-eye. Continue reading “When the course of mindset is up in the air”

Bad Joke Day…

Bad Joke Day...Today was one of those bad joke kind of days. The whole “Everything that can go wrong will go wrong” totally applied to us today.

I couldn’t find my house keys. We were late to meet my cousin. When Diesel, Choo-choo, and I were finally in the truck and on the way (after a guy stopped by to talk to my husband about his truck since it’s a cool vintage), we immediately had to turn around and Continue reading “Bad Joke Day…”

Snow and schedules

snowflakesThe area where I live saw its first snowfall of the season.

Windy, cold, snowy weather always makes me want to curl up in a thick blanket with some tea or hot chocolate and read a good book. Of course, I can’t really do that much these days with Choo-choo here. He would rather Continue reading “Snow and schedules”

My thoughts after the Women’s Retreat

So, I’ve told you what the retreat was all about. I mean, I learned so many things during and because of it. I now have new tools to help combat stress and let go of the past. I discovered that so many women suffer in silence while dealing with the same or similar fears, worries, and stresses. I learned new things about Continue reading “My thoughts after the Women’s Retreat”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 3

 

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I have been telling you all about a women’s retreat St. Brigid and I recently attended, one which was aptly named “Time to Breathe.” The retreat took place in a gorgeous “cabin” in the woods.

By this point in the day, we’d already learned mandala art therapy and tapping as a source of stress relief. From there, we moved on to essential oils. Now, if you are like me, you have heard or seen a lot of people talking about essential oils. But what are they and how do you use them? Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 3”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 2

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So yesterday, I told you all about my first venture to a women’s retreat in my area. It was a chilly, rainy day that was spent from morning to late afternoon in a gorgeous cabin-type venue in the quiet middle of nowhere. We had already finished breakfast, introductions, and art therapy.

After a healthy (and delicious!) lunch, we were taught the art of tapping.

No, I don’t mean tap dancing or even the perfect way to tap a keg but “tapping” as part of the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT. Tapping is essentially an acupressure technique designed to relieve and reduce stress and remove negative thoughts. What it does is interrupt the brain’s panic during stress to shift its focus back from emotional to rational.

I have to say, I had never heard of tapping before. I was fighting my urge to Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 2”

The Women’s Retreat, Part 1

Something happened this past weekend. I had an experience like never before.

happy-womens-day-greeting-card_zJzBrcD__LLet me give you the backstory first.

A while ago, a dear relative (you know her as St. Brigid) invited me to join her at a women’s retreat, aptly named “Time to Breathe.” I agreed, of course. Mostly for her but also partly for me.

I had never been to a retreat or workshop before and wasn’t sure what to expect. Was I going to be nervous or feel uncomfortable? Were my fears going to get me, bringing out my shyness and anxiety? Was the day going to end (or start) with tears?

Finally, the Saturday of the retreat was here. Continue reading “The Women’s Retreat, Part 1”