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Break the Cycle: Overcoming Guilt in Your Caregiving Journey

We know that by giving all of our time away to “keep others warm” is really just wearing us out, burning us down. And, if we are really honest, we still feel guilty, because we aren’t able to keep others warm all the time.

From Stressed to Empowered: Self-Compassion Techniques for Caregivers

From Stressed to Empowered: Celebrating Self-Compassion in Our Caregiving Community Caregiving is often described as an act of love and, while it is, it is much more than that. So much of the role of caregiving goes unnoticed from the shift in dynamic between you and...

What happens when you are the one that needs care?

Last weekend, I hit a wall. The combination of the pandemic stress, my mom's increasing needs, and my own struggle to keep connected with my children and husband in the midst of our busy and strained schedules, collided into me like a train, and I was knocked...

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Encouraging others as a form of self-care.

Recently, I was told that I am a great encourager. I immediately smiled because, for me, this is the best encouragement of all. More and more, as I journey to discover what my purpose is, my gifts are, and where those gifts are best placed, I often come back to the...

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Your health app doesn’t really measure your success

Recently I posted an image on my Instagram that got a lot of traction. In part, it said, "I don't know who needs to hear this, but you don't need to close your rings every day. You know your body better than your watch does, listen to it. Sure, it is rewarding to see...

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Growing Up Caregiving: Coping with the New Normal (or Not)

Growing Up Caregiving: Coping with the New Normal (or Not)

I grew up as one of my mom's caregivers. As her only child, I feel a special connection to her. For a few years between when she and my father got divorced and married my step-father before she got sick, it was just the two of us. Though my general impression of that...

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Growing Up Caregiving: Survival Mode

I have been a caregiver for my mom longer than I have been a mom. In 1984 my mother was diagnosed with an illness. She was hospitalized, surgery performed and then sent home months later with a ton of medications and a whole new way of maneuvering through life. One of...

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