“Being is lost in becoming”

Being is lost in becoming.

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Happy Diwali!

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Happy Fourth!

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Happy Mother’s Day

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Inspired by Hal Elrod

Do what's right, not what's easy

I’m so excited about Hal Elrod, an extra-ordinary personal coach and inspirational speaker!

I just discovered the wonders of podcasts in October when I was needing to fly to Taipei for a family emergency.  I had been listening to the “MWF Motivation Podcast” interview with Jon Vroman who said that if there was ONE book that he would recommend, it was the Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.  I got curious and started listening to Hal’s AMAZING podcast “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.”

http://halelrod.com/category/podcast/

I went out, bought Hal’s book “The Miracle Morning” and have been implementing my Miracle Mornings since November 1.  I had just finished listening to Hal speak on the importance of accountability when I found out about the “Best Month Ever Challenge” he is offering to the attendees of his upcoming conference and his fans in general:

http://bestyeareverlive.com/best-month-ever-challenge/

This is a great opportunity to commit to making some positive change in 30 days.  Totally awesome!  Totally inspirational!  Check it out if you want to have AMAZING support in moving towards your goals!

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Seattle Earthquake Preparedness – Basic Emergency Kit

To prepare for “The Big One” it is important to have basic emergency supply kits at home, in your car and at your office.  Here is a list of recommended items from the Federal Emergency Management Agency – Emergency Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
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Seattle Earthquake Awareness – Impact on Queen Anne

I have lived in Vancouver, BC for most of my life and I’ve been in pretty heavy denial about the possible realities of an earthquake.  In July, the New Yorker magazine did an article on the science behind the fact that we are overdue for “The Big One” in this region:

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/20/the-really-big-one

Reading this as a Mom shifted me from denial into action.  On September 16, a major quake hit Chile and I started researching more about how the city of Seattle was examining earthquake preparedness…  I was pretty alarmed to see how my neighborhood, Queen Anne, might fare.

If you are up for more info, here’s a link to the Seattle Office of Emergency Management document on Earthquakes:

http://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Emergency/PlansOEM/SHIVA/2014-04-23_Earthquakes(0).pdf

Here’s the image from that document that shows the liquefaction prone areas in Seattle:

Seattle Liquefaction

Here’s a link to a study on potential landslides on Queen Anne (which I imagine become a more likely scenario during a major earthquake):

http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/LandslideStudy/figb18.pdf

As you can see, pretty large parts of Queen Anne are at risk of liquefaction or landslides.  I imagine that when “The Big One” hits, our neighborhood will be pretty intensely impacted.  As such, I’ve been busy trying to prepare emergency kits at home and for my car.  I’ve been reading a lot about how important it is to also have a neighborhood plan so that we can help each other. (CPR and First Aid training is such a good idea.)  Apparently, because of the way our transportation infrastructure is built, if there is a major MAJOR quake, it may be 7-10 days before we can get help in since so much of Seattle relays on highways and bridges to move people and goods.  As such, I’ve realized that I need to give more thought as to how we are going to deal with the potential need to survive for a longer period of time with a very demanding (but adorable) little toddler.   (Stocking up diapers…getting some cloth diapers in case we run out…water and food strategies…first aid…etc…)

I’ll be blogging more on how to prepare in the near future.

 

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Listening Mothers – Postpartum Support Group

Karin Matthews Listening Mothers

Today, Q13 Fox News covered a story the importance of postpartum support and how Listening Mothers offers a unique and effective program for new mothers.

Here’s a link to the story:

http://q13fox.com/2015/09/29/mothers-with-infants-find-postpartum-support-through-group-therapy/

Yaffa Maritz, founder of Listening Mothers, and I were interviewed on the live portion of the Morning Show.  Our intention was to provide mothers with a sense of how Listening Mothers support new mothers, including mothers who are struggling with postpartum depression.

I shared my own struggle with postpartum depression. Even with my knowledge as a therapist, it was difficult for me to recognize that I was suffering from postpartum depression since I was caught in the overwhelming experience of being a new mother.  I was also filled with fear and shame influenced by my culture and family of origin.  Once I was able to take in the feedback from health providers that what they saw from the outside was that I had moved beyond the baby blues and into postpartum depression, I sought out ways to support me in my struggle.

Although I am grateful for the support of many different healthcare providers, April Bolding in particular, the Listening Mothers program was an essential aspect of what helped me through one of the darkest times in my life.  During the Q13 interview, I didn’t get a chance to say was how profoundly supportive I found the Listening Mothers program was…so much so that now I’m a Listening Mothers facilitator.

Post partum depression is common complication in the post partum healing process.  10-20% of moms experience postpartum depression.  It is my deep wish that all mothers experience compassion for themselves in the challenge of being their motherhood journeys and that any mothers who are suffering from depression or anxiety find the support they need in order to move through their challenges.

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In Memory of Wayne Dyer – An Inspirational Soul

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Soothing for Stressed Out Parents

As a parent, we face times of intensified stress when we struggle to juggle competing demands.  Sometimes, we feel so overwhelmed with stress that we shift into survival mode where we react in “Fight, flight or freeze.”  Once we are in a state of overwhelm and feel emotionally flooded, it takes a minimum of 20 minutes to shift back into a more responsive state.  It is helpful to have a handy list of activities that you know help you soothe your distress.  Engaging in an activity that shifts the energy can be helpful for many people.  Some examples of helpful activities include going for a walk, getting some exercise or taking a bath.  I have recorded a Soothing Script that is 20 minutes long as another tool to help you shift from reactivity into responsiveness.  This script is recorded from the book, And Baby Makes Three by John M. Gottman and Julie S. Gottman (p. 88-91).

Soothing Script

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