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Create Resiliency Blog

kids at school lunch tables

Children are constantly encouraged to make new friends, try new activities, and take in new information. But often, something happens as people age.  Cliques develop and can be found in schools, workplaces, places of spiritual practice, and on and on.

A few weeks back, a participant in a conference call about trauma-informed communities asked me an interesting question: “If I were to come to Tarpon Springs, would I notice anything different about it? Would I be able to tell that it’s trauma-informed and that Peace4Tarpon had an impact?”

This morning I found myself in need of my safety plan.  From the outside, the situation probably didn’t seem like a trigger to the kind staff member who was helping me, but to me it was very stressful.

News stories related to the new Presidential administration and administrative action have been coming at a fast and furious pace.  

Face silhouettes with word art for empathy

In the days and weeks following the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, I have been noticing a wide variety reactions and behaviors among my friends, family and co-workers.  A feeling of uncertainty seems to be pervasive, whether you support or oppose the new administration.

Broken computer

Growing up in a small town farm town I often heard, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But I appreciate the view of one of my colleagues who says, “if it’s not working, break it.”  

Pink rose in snow

It’s December 8th, 2016 and the apparent beginning of a “snowpocalypse” as winter storm CALY passes over the pacific northwest.  There are over fifteen rose plants in my front yard and as the snow accumulates there is one tenacious flower standing out pink in all the snow. 

The White House

Much of our nation has been rocked recently in the wake of the election.  There are intense emotions being felt throughout our community and our nation on both sides of the political aisle.  

Help yourself written on paper plate

When we talk about self-care, what do we mean? And how do we practice self-care in our professional lives?

Is it Monday already?

Work-life balance, living wages, self-care, emotionally safe working environment … what do these things have in common?