It would be wonderful if, by just making the conscious decision to focus on the joy in my life, all those stress-producing, anxiety-provoking situations, vanished from my life. It's like what I tell my patients, who are seeing me as their physical therapist for the neck or low back pain. It would be great if your pain went away as easy as turning off a light switch, but it doesn't. It's … [Read more...] about How I Overcome the Inevitable Speed Bumps on My Journey
Today is Halloween, one of my favorite days of the entire year! As a child, I couldn't wait to get home from school and put on my costume. Having it on made me feel like I had superpowers! It didn't matter if I was an actual super hero, being able to dress up, felt magical to me! My favorite costume? Hands down the Madonna costume I put together when I was 9 years old. It really … [Read more...] about Nostalgia over Halloween’s past
When I received my October 2018 issue of Vanity Fair, I was so excited to see Felicity Jones grace its cover and couldn't wait to dive into the article on her portrayal of the Notorious RBG! Growing up, I was fortunate to have a mother who stood strongly on her own two feet and blazed a trail in her career as a computer programmer. Whether its Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my Mom, or any of … [Read more...] about Why I can’t wait to see “On the Basis of Sex” and how I see my Mom in Ruth Bader Ginsburg
One of the things I love about being a physical therapist, is the connections I make with my patients, the relationships that develops through the course of visits and the conversations that ensue. These conversations are often grouped around the central theme of what we're loving at that moment, from books, to current events and occasions. One recent day centered discussion around … [Read more...] about Introducing a new chapter: the “what I’m loving right now?” series
When I was younger, I started the practice of saving things for some future moment of enjoyment. It might be a book, a piece of clothing, or even my Halloween candy, which I would hide in a Reebok shoe box, in the top drawer of my desk. Inevitably, by the next Halloween, I always had candy left in that box. As an adult, I've continued this practice of saving things for a special day. … [Read more...] about Making every day feel like a special occasion
Before the days of endless to-do lists, there was cooking. I used to love to watch cooking shows as I savored my own home cooked meal or flip through cookbooks for that next meal that would delight my taste buds. But as the years went by, and life got busy, cooking became a forgotten love. Gone were the days of spending a lazy Sunday afternoon finding a new recipe, shopping for the … [Read more...] about A Forgotten Love: Cooking
The. Sheriff. Found. Dad. Four words. Four words that forever changed my life when I heard them on Friday July 8, 2011. It was 7:30 in the evening. The sun was setting on a hot summer day, and as everyone around me prepared for a weekend spent cooling off, with any activity that included water, my world was forever changed. At my Dad's memorial service, I started to get a … [Read more...] about Teaching me to slow down and live in the moment may be my Dad’s greatest gift to me.
What does a healthy life look like, or more importantly, feel like to me? It's a life where I've turned away, for even small moments of time, from the fast pace of the age we live in. Where I decide, purposefully, which activities to participate in, rather than drifting thoughtlessly from one activity to the next. It's a life filled with exercise, that invigorates and … [Read more...] about Play? Who has time for play?