Centered, Ikigai

The ikigai Venn diagram can help us reflect, contemplate, and maybe change (or keep) what we have going on for ourselves. I was able to read an enlightening article in a Women’s Health magazine about this “balance” some are searching for. I understand this journey, and hear others’ understanding of this as well. When things can feel “ok” or “good” day to day we still may feel something is missing. It might be connections, positive views, taking care of our bodies, or feeling natural.
I just wrote a few questions that came to mind for myself, what comes to mind for you? Take your time with this and see if answers change or are even there. Write, draw, dance, or sing about it.
I am here if you want to be heard.

*In the orange near the top it says What you LOVE, sorry about the reflection.

Good News

After a dozen ideas shared with others face to face, I feel you should know.

Many people have mentioned feelings about current local news and expressed sadness, disinterest, anxiety… we should keep up with what’s going on around us. But what else is going on around us?

Good news! And good news it is. I discovered this site after researching a few positive credentialed networks. This network and a few others are very uplifting. Inspirational. Motivation. Lovely.
It can be added as an app for iPhones and Androids: Good News Network

I love receiving a daily quote you can find in settings. They also have other options that will suit you. Enjoy!

Positive News 

Huff Post Good News 

Inspiring Videos from Gimundo

Catastrophic Anxiety

My Art Therapy supervisor shared this creative cartoon from her attendance at the American Art Therapy Association’s  annual conference (thanks Evelyn!). I enjoy the humor, reality, and honesty portrayed. We might not feel we look as anxious as this cat looks however most of us have experienced one or more of these symptoms (lack of concentration, sleeplessness, irritable, overreacting, stomach problems, antsy, fear, muscle tension, fatigue, racing heart, or headache) affecting our daily routine.
The suggested coping skills (self-care, simplifying, identifying triggers, sharing, nourishing our spirits, and avoiding triggers) are good for anyone, not just those who feel anxious.

It may not be anxiety however life holds various objects, people, tasks, and subjects that cause feelings we can’t always identify or control.

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

Annual Conferences


Take a deep breath. What do you need right now? Is it possible? Maybe taking your first step towards that can help. A first step can be thinking about it, writing, walking, calling, talking, planning, singing, drawing, breathing, or watching.