How about downsizing this Christmas? For some people, this upcoming season is filled with oughts, shoulds, musts, and have to’s. After gift shopping, wrapping, card writing, holiday baking, home decorating – inside and outside, bringing home the tree, party hosting and preparation of the turkey feast, many folks are financially, physically and mentally depleted. Indeed, in North America reports of depression increase 15% around and after Christmas. So much for keeping calm to merry on!
Several years ago I stopped making batches of Christmas cookies. Some were pretty. Some were messy. All were sweet. Then I discovered the simple recipe below (also pictured above). The first year I made these easy fridge cookies they outscored other holiday cookies. Our children begged for their own roll. Now my grandchildren line up for their fair share. [Read more…]
Have you heard of the break-through therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, and Reprocessing (EMDR)? American psychologist, Francine Shapiro developed it in the early 1990s. In 2012 Shapiro released a self-help book to help the public access her theory and processes. In Getting Past Your Past: Take Control of Your Life with Self-Help Techniques from EMDR, Shapiro simplifies her and her research team’s key concepts and processes.
Brene´ Brown did it again! She opened my eyes and mind to some new ways of being. Her research into vulnerability, shame and enoughness continue to impress me. Her long title, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are: Your Guide to a WholeHearted Life sums up her thesis. She gives us a formula for living fully with our heads and hearts. [Read more…]
When shame and vulnerability researcher, Brene´ Brown takes on a subject she delves into the questions, facts, data, and outcomes. She also becomes intimate with it. She takes her own reactions, takes them home, observes herself, dialogues with the locals, and participates in counseling with her esteemed therapist. Brown immerses herself in her research and then shares it with the world. Have I become a fan? You, bet!