Hello Again!

Hello folks! After a few months off, this site is back on track.

I have not had a real summer vacation since I was 17 years old, so this summer I took a little time to do some writing, go on four camping trips, sketch out some self-help books, and work on a ton of personal projects.

Now I am back into the work zone – personal writing, freelance writing, and freelance graphic design. 

This site should now be updated at least once a week, and I encourage you to join my email list for updates ( http://eepurl.com/ddwJff  ) . Or you can also follow this site via WordPress.

It would be super helpful if you could share any posts you enjoy – I would love for this blog to encourage conversation. So many people are fighting fear and anxiety every day. Or some are just looking for ways to make their lives more interesting, easier, better. Please stay tuned, and let me know what you think!

The big book announcement will take place in a few weeks. Thank you for reading, and happy day!

 

Also, Happy Birthday to an inspirational bon vivant, David Lee Roth!

Discoveries from the Mirror at Hot Yoga

One of the things about hot yoga that freaked me out in the beginning is that you are supposed to look at yourself in the mirror for most of the 90 minute class. Ick. Unless I am busy painting my face, or checking my teeth for spinach, staring at myself in a mirror is unsettling. I have never really understood vanity, and it just makes me uncomfortable.

 

Discoveries from Hot Yoga

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Look the Part You Want to Play

If you want to be a certain sort of person, you need to think about your appearance. It might seem petty but it has a huge effect on how the world treats you, how people perceive you. Also, that is the person you see every time you walk by something reflective. Do you look boring? Do you look interesting? Do you look like a librarian, a doctor, a rockstar, a genius, a punk, a goth, a professor of heavy metal studies?

If this is the way you are presenting yourself to the world, you need to take some time to analyze it. Tweak little things, or change important elements. But it absolutely must be considered.

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Decluttering is Hard, Giving Things Away is Easy!

One of the strange things I have anxiety about is letting things go. Perhaps it is because my grandmother grew up during the war, and always instilled in us the importance of making the most of every object. Maybe I am afraid that I will not have the material things I need and therefore be left unprepared, which can lead to being stressed out, embarrassed, and other nasty emotions. Maybe growing up fairly poor made me afraid that I won’t be able to purchase things I want in the future.

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2016 Recap, 2017 Goals

Every year I do a recap of what I have accomplished the previous year, and I always feel a bit disappointed that I did not get enough done. However, this year there were some serious health issues, so I refuse to judge myself for following doctors orders and basically taking the last quarter of the year off. It was a dark and stormy year, to some degree, but there were many moments of pure sunshine.

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Second Concussion Syndrome – a Sudden Wrench thrown into the Workings of Life

(This post was written last year)

I had a slew of plans for this October. A big VJ gig, launching a ton of new articles for this website, band rehearsals and songwriting… then a metal stand smashed into my head in the exact same place I was bashed late last January, so I have a second concussion, and therefore, second concussion syndrome.

How does one treat a concussion? Physical and cognitive rest, and no computer screens. Um, yeah. Working on computers is what I do. But the white-blue light really hurts, and this fragile land of headaches won’t ever stop if I don’t do this healing thing right.

Second Concussion Syndrome - Symptoms and Treatment

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I’m Running Away and I’m Terrified… But I’m Doing It Anyway!

(This post was written last year)

Some people run away to join the circus, I’m just taking off for a week to a writer / artist’s retreat. This might not be a big deal to most people, but for those of us with anxiety, there are a lot of potential triggers to be dealt with.

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Taking Care of Yourself in an Emergency Situation

(This post was written last year)

A month ago I was coming back from a camping trip, and we blew a tire on Highway 401. Now, I am absolutely terrified of cars, and highways, so this was a traumatic episode for me – I suddenly had to remember all of those lovely hippie things like finding your centre, breathing, not clenching my neck and shoulders as my body trying to curl up into itself with absolute horror.

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5 Ways To Help Manage Your Anxiety and Stress Right Now

Let’s Start with the Bonus Exercise – Look at this photo for one minute, or until you find the ant. If you can’t find it, answer at bottom.

The Complete Breath

I’ll make an entire post about this soon, that goes into far more detail, but the short emergency version is this:

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