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Bootstraps Required

Turns out I didn’t have any pictures of my boots, so everyone will have to use their imagination here. I think there is absolutely a time and place, a necessity and a deservingness of being kind to yourself in a calm, easy and non-pushing way. Sometimes you just don’t have anything left in the tank…

Working with PTSD

This week has been a much-needed week off. My clients are quiet and celebrating holidays, the one call I’ve gotten I didn’t answer nor did I return the voicemail as I’d previously sent notification that my office was closed. I love what I do, but doing it with PTSD is a constant challenge. This year…

Nursing Spiderman

Well the last week of the year isn’t going as planned… My boyfriend’s spider bite from about two months ago turned into a serious infection on Christmas Eve, and for the last couple of days I’ve been keeping an eye on him and changing bandages while he deals with the side effects of heavy antibiotics.…

HRV Said Rest, I Didn’t. Damn.

We had a family crisis yesterday, and it didn’t need to involve me, so I didn’t get involved. I continued on with my plans, had a nice afternoon and was tired and in bed fairly early. It still affected me, however, and when I woke up this morning my HRV reading was significantly lower than…

Ouch, Shame Trigger

Sometimes in the course of my work I write documents that are part of public hearings or public policy. They’re usually not controversial. Usually. A document I wrote a few months ago has turned out to be quite controversial for a small group of self-interested people, who have threatened legal action, whined to their industry…

Pause and Reflect

I was spinning my wheels at work yesterday, mentally working on several projects and ideas but not making any tangible progress. A lot of my work is with data, and I collect data on myself too – I carefully track hours I work and wear a Fitbit and monitor my HRV. Sometimes to my detriment.…