Monday, July 29, 2013

Crazy lady, crazy life

So starting a blog at this point in my life may not have been the best idea for my schedule.  I am at the end of my graduate program, working full time, learning about being a supportive wife, and attempting to maintain long distance relationships with family and friends.  I am so excited to have one semester left in my master's degree, however, that also means additional stress of my exit exam and internship.  I am learning more and more about what it means to be a good wife to my amazing husband and how to communicate in an effective way.  I still have difficulty in managing all my craziness and making sure that I stay connected to the most wonderful people that live far from me--I don't know if that will ever get easier, but I feel blessed to have a support system of people who do not need to be constantly connected to know I love them.

One of the most exciting distractions has been a child life conference that I have been planning at work.  This event has taken a lot of time, but it is all coming together and now its time to sit back and pray that people get as excited as I am!

If my life would just calm down a bit so that I could spend more time blogging........

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Saying Goodbye....

This week I was reminded of the importance of saying goodbye.  We say goodbye at the end of a work day, when we hang up the phone and before a trip.  It is an important part of relationship and communication.  Saying goodbye signifies the end of one experience, but leaves room for the hope of a new experience.  Ultimately, saying goodbye shows connection and the value of the human interaction.

Most of the time we saw goodbye with the hope of saying hello in the future.  Sometimes, however, we say goodbye to signify finality or termination.  In these times we recognize something significant has happened in our life and we remember what was and wonder what will be.  Regardless of the situation, a missed opportunity can lead to regret, hurt feelings, sadness, mistrust, and anger. 

Part of being a child life specialist is making sure that those opportunities are not missed.  So I explain the importance of saying goodbye and provide the resources to do it in a way that is meaningful.

Sometimes the best way to say goodbye is in writing a letter or video journaling.  This is a way to have all those racing thoughts in one place and create a lasting legacy or signify the value of a connection.

Creating a lasting memory that can be worn or kept close can help a connection remain strong.  A sinus rhythm print out and a little modge podge can create a bead for on a necklace or bracelet that shows the importance of life.

Saying goodbye can be forgetting, but it can also be remembering.  Saying goodbye can bring freedom, life and a new start.  A balloon release or planting a garden can signify the importance of saying goodbye and the hope for what is to come.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Thankful much

Today I am especially thankful for this little man, hope for the weekend and the support of people who understand that laughter is the best medicine.
Happy Wednesday beautiful ones!
What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day

We haven't been able to come home for the 4th of July for several years and I have certianly missed the family events, yummy food, swimming, and fireworks.  This year we had the opportunity to come home for a few days and I was reminded of some the reasons I love it here.

Happy Independence Days beautiful ones!