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When is Recess?  Allowing Play and Fun Back into Life - May 2024

When is Recess? Allowing Play and Fun Back into Life - May 2024

As adults, we often find ourselves running on the adult..itis gerbil wheel, with so many responsibilities that there is no time for play or fun in our lives. Let’s step back in time for a moment to remember the pure joy of playing as a kid. Being free to run, jump, play games, be spontaneous and laughing until our stomachs hurt. As adults, it is easy to forget the importance of play and how essential it is in refueling our hearts and for our overall well-being. This month I challenge this gr...
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How Will I Honor Myself Today?

How Will I Honor Myself Today?

What a powerful question. One that each of us need to ask ourselves at least daily, if not several times a day. In healthcare, we are givers at heart. We give and give and give to others. Sometimes to the point of exhaustion. At what expense? Truth is, at the expense of ourselves. As healthcare workers, we are at very high risk for emotional exhaustion, burnout and compassion fatigue. Really, this comes at no surprise if we are not taking time out for ourselves. Time to refuel, to resto...
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Add an Extra Dose of LOVE - February 2024

Add an Extra Dose of LOVE - February 2024

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, LOVE is in the air whether it is LOVE for self, LOVE for your family, LOVE for your relationships including significant others and friends. LOVE makes the “world-go-round”.
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Escape to Your Happy Place - January 2024

Escape to Your Happy Place - January 2024

Being an adult is challenging somedays, if not most days. There are so many things to do, between work, home and all the extracurricular activities you have said yes to with your family, friends and community. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I am running in the gerbil wheel of responsibilities, get off exhausted, fall into bed, sleep for a few hours if I am blessed, and then get up to do it all over again. Can you identify? It is time to get off the gerbil wheel more often...
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One Piece at a Time - December 2023

One Piece at a Time - December 2023

I recently bought a Christmas puzzle as I anticipated needing something to keep my brain busy as I was recovering from hip replacement surgery during the month of December. Well, let me tell you that puzzle has caused me deeply rooted frustration on so many levels. I spent hours just trying to build the outside edges. (Apparently, I am not very skilled at building puzzles. Who knew?) I want to use the puzzle pieces as a metaphor when thinking about self-care and refueling this month.
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Having NO Expectations This Holiday Season - November 2023

Having NO Expectations This Holiday Season - November 2023

My recommendation for all of us this holiday season is to let go of expectations, decide to have no expectations in whatever we are experiencing or planning to experience. Choose to “just be” in the moment, to be present in the moment of now. The present is our true gift!
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Refueling in Nature - November 2023

Refueling in Nature - November 2023

Have you heard the statement that nature is medicine for the soul? It is true, at least for me. How about you? Nature has many lessons for us as humans. I am currently in a Servant Leadership class and one of my professors shared with our class that 95% of a human’s time is spent indoors, in controlled and regulated environments. Ugh, really? I asked him to repeat this because I couldn’t believe it. Is this statistic true for you?
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What Do You "C" - Cultivating a Culture of Care - September 2023

What Do You "C" - Cultivating a Culture of Care - September 2023

All humans want to feel cared about. We are in the business of caring or at least I would like to think so in healthcare. Care is part of the root word in healthcare. Establishing a culture of caring takes focus, intention and meaningful action through the following C’s.
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The Four Agreements With Nursing Tips

The Four Agreements With Nursing Tips

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miquel Ruiz is a must read. As humans we create so much of our “own suffering.” The agreements set forth in this book outline a code of conduct that can transform our lives leading to more freedom, joy and happiness. Based on what I am hearing lately from nurses I am confident that we could all use more of that in our lives right now.
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Embracing Self-Compassion:  Becoming Our Own Best Friend

Embracing Self-Compassion: Becoming Our Own Best Friend

Nurses are typically known for being givers. We give, give and give to others at the expense of ourselves often. As humans, most of us are incredibly hard on ourselves, becoming our own worst self-critic. This brings us up short, believing that we are not good enough, smart enough, pretty or handsome enough… the list could go on and on. Our brains and the circumstances of our lives often cause us extremes in suffering, so much so that we lose faith in ourselves and our abilities. Another truth...
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