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Create Resiliency Blog

Empowered in Scrabble tiles

We all move through periods of life where we experience adversity, and the word itself can mean a lot of things.  In my work as an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, I witness people experiencing the adversity of acute trauma as well as the murkier, omnipresent adversity of systemic oppression.  


Have you ever been to the doctor and felt like you weren’t quite heard? Maybe you felt like a little kid listening to a parent or teacher tell you what you needed to do? I certainly have. 

Tree growing out of rocky cliffside

If you had the opportunity to read my last blog, Vicarious Trauma – Risk & Protective Factors, you’ll recall that I described how vicarious trauma is very commonly experienced by individuals in “helping professions.” 

3 hands holding

If you’re reading this, the chances are pretty good that you are a “helper” in some capacity, meaning that in your personal or professional life you’re in some way responsible for nurturing and/or addressing the physical, psychological, intellectual, emotional, social, or spiritual well-being of individuals.

Shattered mirror

Dear Reader, I trust that you have experienced something in your life that ripped the rug out from under your feet, and probably more than once in your life. This is a story about finding my way back after such an event and what I learned in the process. 

Burning fire

Unfortunately, burnout isn’t uncommon in today’s Western society. Success in life is often characterized by career path, growth, and income. Children are pushed starting at younger and younger ages to achieve more, both physically and intellectually. 


My first thought when approaching this blog with the title ‘Keys to Resilience’: was do I dare use my keys as an analogy? I am sure I could ask to change the title right Claire? Maybe…‘Tools for Resilience’, and yet keys are essential for access, 

Whirlpool in a glass of water

There’s this thing that happens sometimes, you might be familiar with it, I like to call it “the spiral.” The spiral happens when my old friend anxiety creeps up; I encounter a particularly stressful event and with compounding momentum become irritable, hypervigilant, worry excessively, 

Vision in Scrabble tiles

Have you ever heard of a “vision board?” Vision boards, which have gained some notice over the past few years, is a tool to help focus and clarify a person’s life goals. It sounds a little hokey but stay with me for a few minutes on this one and I’ll give both sides of the argument. 

Splashing water on face

When people hear the term “self-care,” they often think of a massage, a yoga class, or a weekend vacation. Many people don’t think they have time during their busy day for self-care. But I find that I can have self-care in my busy daily schedule by taking “little moments” of self-care throughout the day.