As a nonprofit professional, it probably comes as no surprise that I am a firm believer in the importance of helping others and giving back to your community. I love what I do, but it was as a volunteer that I really experienced the mental health upside of giving back.
Observing our surroundings through one or more of our senses helps focus our attention on the present, calming our minds and anchoring our bodies.
A Mindful Activity Jar gives kids a go-to when they’re looking for something fun to do. Decorating the jar and determining what activities go inside challenges them to think about the kinds of projects, hobbies and games they truly enjoy.
Remember when “like a girl” was meant to be a burn? Not anymore. The more the achievements, stories and lives of women, both past and present, are acknowledged and celebrated, the prouder we all become of living, loving, thinking and being like the incredible girls and women we are and are fortunate to know.
Is the purpose of life to be happy? If so, that’s a pretty tall order for humans given the range and nuance of our emotions. Plus being in a constant state of happiness might not be as amazing as it sounds.
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” – Brene Brown
Purpose. It’s a loaded word, right? As if we all have one or are at least in pursuit of one, something meaningful and definable.
It’s been a stormy winter out here in Northern California. I’m grateful for it because we need the rain, but throw in cooler than usual temperatures and whipping wind and then we truly hunker down.
We all face challenges in our lives, but tapping into our resiliency – the ability to manage stress and hardship – can help us continue on in difficult situations.
A Pandemic Bucket List can help us focus on what’s possible in this pandemic life. By trying something new and creating our own mini-adventures, we will remember more from this time than just the pandemic itself.
As chaos and uncertainty continue, leaders need to create and sustain safe spaces where everyone is welcome. Acting with compassion, inclusion and unity is critical now more than ever.