The Power of a Cuddle
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1M ago
Close your eyes right now and feel the relaxation in the best cuddle you've had. Perhaps it was when you were cuddling someone or when they were cuddling you. Either way, do you remember the feelings it brought up? Maybe you felt tired, relaxed, safe, secure, protected/protective, grounded, quiet, peaceful, loved/loving, etc. Today is International Kangaroo Care Day. I get emails, notices, posts and all sorts of reminders that we have a day to celebrate this important type of cuddling. Sometimes the reminders are fun, some are triggering. I have to be mindful for my own health so I don't ..read more
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You always have options and you always have Love.
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2M ago
Exhaustion. Fatigue. Overwhelm. These words probably bring weight to your body and images to your mind of a time, perhaps presently, when you have been overloaded with what's happening around you.  Recently I have felt these things and my body decided to tell me to take a break the only way it knew how, by giving me a cold.  I believe that when you are overwhelmed and frustrated with the events, people or things around you, you have a new opportunity. An moment in time when you can choose something different than trudging along your current path.  Whether it's a new point of vie ..read more
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Assume or Question, what do you do more?
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4M ago
So many times you may feel you're going in the right direction because of what you thought or what you decided to do and yet it doesn't really feel like the correct way to go. For some reason there's hesitation, you might be having more questions and inner dialogue inside of you, and you want to step forward but you are a having a tough time proceeding. Are you assuming that you are going in the right direction? Or Did you ask all the pertinent questions that you could in the moments you needed to? I remember times in the NICU when I was assuming things - like what time Skye was ..read more
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When too many things keep coming at you.
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5M ago
When too many things keep coming at you, what do you do? How do you cope? Where do you turn? All too often as a parent in the NICU, there is a ton of stuff coming at you. Information from and about: Nurses Surgeons Neonatologists Blood needs to be taken Vitals are needed constantly Diapering with cords Holding in and out of the incubator Pumping Feedings Breathing ... and the list continues, but this isn't including the things that you as the parent needs! You will deal with these things slightly differently than I did and the next parent over will deal with them in their own way too. The conc ..read more
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Mini-moments for You This Season
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6M ago
What are the things you forget to do this time of year for yourself? My video today is about bringing back those tools and replenishing moments in order to ground yourself and be more who you want to be in these days. Happy Holidays my friend. Have a listen and be good to yourself ..read more
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Can old memories bring new light?
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7M ago
Can you revisit a magical memory in order to build yourself up again in the moment? When a person is in the thick of their own lives and the lives of their baby's and people around them, they can't always remember how they got there and the work that has been done. The point of holding memories is to learn and grow and become a better version of yourself all the time in order to make the world a better place with each and every moment. So can tapping into the old memories that hold Love, joy, excitement and pleasure bring those emotions to us in the moments when we're not joyful, feeling ..read more
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Answering the Question "How are you?"
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8M ago
How are you doing? Do you believe that I really and truly want to know? I do want to know, yet others use it as a simple greeting. When I hear that question being asked, or have it asked of me, I sometimes ponder if it's a genuine wonderment from the person asking.  I'm sure it could be, but sometimes the person who asked it doesn't actually want to know the real answer. The answer could have elements in it that the receiver might not know how to handle, not want to hear or be too rushed to spend the proper time on with you. (This happened often when we were in the NICU with Sky ..read more
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A Reminder To Breathe
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10M ago
So many times we take our breath, our lungs and our body for granted and recently I've had a lot of conversations around anxiety and having too much going on. Interestingly enough, when I ask what people are doing to care for themselves they often don't say breathing. Now I know it's easy to say to take a breath and not always easy to remember it in the moments you need it, however, if you practice while you're in a good headspace then remembering the tools when you need them will come more naturally. In this vlog, I remind you of some ways to use breath as a tool with Box breathing, Belly bre ..read more
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The Practice of Learning From Your Kids
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1y ago
Being able to look at your child's abilities and be able to interpret them for the child's needs turns into how you can better support them at home and at play. It also helps you lead others to support the child along their journey. When Skye was four days old at 9 weeks early, the doctors and specialists told us he wouldn't walk and he wouldn't talk. When Skye was 3 weeks old, they told us he was scheduled for brain surgery. (He never had the surgery.) When our wee man was being released from the NICU, they told us not to get our hopes up, but he's doing great!  How was I ..read more
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Birthday pause and honouring your strength
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1y ago
I am officially 44 years old! :D As of last night at 9:56pm Pacific Time, my physical body was brought into the air of this incredible world and I began my journey outside the womb. Birthdays are days that make me see things differently and think of things in a very unusual way, since my Skye was born.  I wonder about the journey from the cells, to growing in the womb and then coming out into the open air. I ponder things like the what-ifs and how-comes of our existence. And I deeply think about the parents. Having given birth to another soul, I see how much that birth-day is for the moth ..read more
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