Temporarily Closed for Spiritual Maintenance

Temporarily Closed for Spiritual Maintenance Over the last couple weeks I have been really grappling with what to do. You may be asking “What about?” and the answer is, everything. As a person who has a severe mood disorder that presents with intense symptoms of depression including but not limited to over sleeping, irritability, fatigue, overeating, apathy, restlessness, unrealistic expectations, loss of interest in things I love, isolation, weight gain, etc. It has felt like I have had the weight of the world on my shoulders. I remember when I first publicly shared about my mood disorder a lot of people were in disbelief. And it makes sense because I… Read More

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Mental Illness is Something We Can Fight

Mental Illness is Something We Can Fight I recently had a pretty major episode of depression. For a little history, I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was a teenager. And, like most people I didn’t get help until about ten years later. I tried to treat it with sheer will, exercise, nutrition, meditation, and complete avoidance. Now that I have been on medication for almost three years, it’s been very interesting. While my medication stopped daily thoughts of suicide and the doom and gloom of my depression, I had to develop a keen awareness of when my symptoms were having a flair up.   When I taught groups… Read More

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Get out of your head and get your feet on the ground

Get out of your head and get your feet on the ground It’s the middle of the day. My kiddos are with their grandparents and I have a choice, I can either kick my feet up in our comfy recliner and scroll my phone to my heart’s content or I can get outside and go for a run. I have been putting off running for a couple weeks because I signed up for a 5k with my friends. I know, sounds pretty counterintuitive right? Let me explain. I used to be fit, to paint the picture I could run a 5k in 30 minutes with only moderate effort. Now, not… Read More

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Mental Health and Mental Illness are not the same

Mental Health and Mental Illness are not the same It is World Mental Health Day and yes, I am so glad that we are ending the stigma associated with having a mental health problem, it is much needed and long overdue. However, I will say there needs to be a clear distinction. Mental health is not the same as mental illness. It’s not. So often we use these words interchangeably but in actuality the distinction between health and illness is a big deal. So as you read on let me help shed some light on the difference.  Just like we all have heart health, we all have mental health. How… Read More

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5 to Strive

If you know me, you know that developing a habit of exercise has been something I have worked on for the last 6 years. And I have to say, I still struggle with it at times. There are phases where I am incredibly consistent and reap all the benefits of daily exercise. Then, there are phases where it seems that my tennies are covered in cob webs. I know I don’t need to go into all the stats and reasons why exercise is good for you and why you should aim to make it part of your everyday life. We all know we are supposed to do it but the… Read More

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Sunflowers

I remember hearing that when you lose someone, they will send you signs. I thought this was a little far fetched. I remember a friend telling me after her dad had passed away, she would see pennies everywhere and in the most random of places. Another friend would talk about how a dear friend she lost would send wafts of lavender every so often and lavender was her favorite scent.  We lost my husband’s mom about eight months ago in December, 2018. Joye was and is one of my best friends. My husband and I are high school sweethearts which means she has been part of my life since I… Read More

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I Never Thought I would Shake a Baby

If you have ever heard the PSA on the radio “never shake a baby” you were probably like me and thought, “Seriously?! Who would shake a baby? They must be terrible people!” And then, I had kids and realized, yep, I’m thinking about it. There’s nothing quite like parenthood that makes you eat your own words.  To be crystal clear, shaking a baby is NEVER an option or a good idea. I am thankful for those PSA’s because the solution they gave, to put the baby in a safe place and walk away until you can gather yourself, gave me an out. And, it normalized that other people have had… Read More

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If You’re Not Scared, You’re Doing It Wrong

Getting this blog going is such an exciting and impossible task. I have wanted to start a blog based on my experience as a social worker for a long time and now its here! And now that its here, I can hardly pick where to start. Does this ever happen to you? You get excited to do a project and then all you do is stare at it trying to figure out where to begin. That is the exact boat I am in. I want this work I am doing to be honest, helpful, and accurate. To do that, I want to be able to share the knowledge I have,… Read More

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Intro.

I started a blog! Huzzah! Hi there! Welcome to my blog! I’m Lissa (pronounced “Lisa” because the extra s is silent), and I am so stoked to get this blog thing off the ground. I have been a social worker since 2009 and am just delighted that I get to bring my expertise to the masses. This blog and my website will be the homebase for all of my work. I will be facilitating trainings, engaging in speaking events, and releasing a book! Subscribe to keep updated on all the things that will be coming because there will be lots! My vision for the content I will bring you is… Read More

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