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Elephant ear

A huge strength in social learning is the knowledge of the group – many brains have a lot more information than just one. But not all people are the same, and that’s good. We need people who think and approach things differently 

Light bulbs

I will be the first to admit it, I hate making mistakes. My mother always told me “hate” was a very strong word. Well I really hate making mistakes. Why are mistakes such a big deal?

Donkey ears and blue sky

When two people are having a conversation, it can often look like the person talking is the one actively “doing” something, while the listener is passive and not really “doing” anything. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! I think of listening as a skill that you can hone with practice, 

Dog play bowing

If you’ve been lucky enough to spend time around dogs (clearly, I’m biased and love dogs) then you’re likely familiar with the “play bow.” Just like the picture above this looks like shoulders down, hind up, and often some tail wagging. Now, I don’t speak dog, but I know what this means. It’s time to play! 

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.