New Beginnings

Dear Reader,

Thank you for finding me and coming to check out my blog. I am so grateful you are visiting my little piece of the interweb and I hope to provide something useful for you. This entry is my first one! I haven't blogged since the days of Xanga and Livejournal (oh High School!) so I'm excited to see how this process unfolds and I hope you'll stick with me along the way.

My intention for this blog is that it is a place where I can share helpful information and pose questions that help us all in our journey of living more aligned with our values and being more present in our lives. Some would call this "living your best life". That is a pop/teen culture reference for those #oldsouls out there. As you can likely tell, I work with adolescents so I try to stay up to date with my teen slang.

Aside from my ramblings about important stuff, I'll have guest bloggers and interviews with other amazing professionals. I strongly believe in collaboration and that we cannot do life alone so I hope to share with you some amazing professionals who influence my work.

Above all else, I hope you can feel how much I love my work and I am so very humbled every day that I get to do this job. It's so weird to call it a job since it feels like so much more than that. And yes, there are days where I fantasize about moving to Hawaii and selling coconuts on the beach! I find our fantasies are super helpful in exploring more about our deepest wishes. Because really I don't want to sell coconuts on the beach. I just really want to go to Hawaii since I've never been there! Getting in touch with our desires helps us figure out where we need to go. 

I'll end this first blog post by expressing my profound sense of gratitude. Having a gratitude practice has truly led me to some big shifts in my life and I often talk with my clients about this "attitude of gratitude". Some days are really freaking hard and taking a moment to find even just one thing we are grateful for can help us start to regulate, soften into our present moment, and breathe deeply.

PRACTICE TIP: What are you grateful for today? Take just a few moments and jot down at least 10 things for which you are grateful. Pause and breathe. And notice if there are any shifts.

PRO TIP: End your gratitude practice with about 30 seconds of half smiling and see what you notice. I am half smiling as I write this and I feel warm and peaceful! 

With much gratitude,

Neathery