These have been emotional, trying, intense, confusing, and uncertain times. There is a lot to navigate right now-- individually and collectively. Thus, I wanted to offer just *some* of the resources available to teens and young adults during this global crisis.
It's an uncertain and scary time for all of us; facing the global health crisis related to COVID-19 is stressful.
You might be considering what the transition from senior year to college will mean for you personally-- for your identity, for who and how you are.
It's time to give your intentions even greater value by aligning your actions with it. The anticipation of the new year is a perfect time to focus inward and offer yourself some extra self-care.
Your awareness of your relationship to giving and receiving can help you make decisions, set intentions, and initiate self-care.
If I see another t-shirt tell me to force a smile on my face, it’s on. The only thing worse than having an awful day is spending energy pretending it isn’t one. Today’s trends of relentless positivity not only irritate me, but wickedly twist what a positive outlook on life can actually be.
While experiencing a pretty intense emotional reaction, I remembered a powerful truth: I AM NOT MY FAMILY. Their thoughts, behaviors, and actions do not belong to me, do not define me, and do not limit me.
I've learned that when I take the time to identify what I need and share it with my spouse, for example, our presence and connection are enhanced.
Emotions and feelings that you’ve never experienced before can overwhelm you. That’s okay. Let them run their course. Feel your feels. But on the other side, there is always going to be a way to get the help you need.
You have permission to honor your birthday any way you'd like. In simple ways, grand ways, solitary ways, in crowded ways, and any other way YOU choose.