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ALCHEMY EDITION 108

This week I want to dive a little more deeply into today’s JOY episode. I talk about the messy parts of process, making process not so precious and my own professional evolution from fine artist to psychotherapist to alchemist. Yeah, I’m surprised too. But alchemist feels the most true of all of those things. A bridge between the data driven scientist and the wildly creative fine artist. I’m not one or the other, but a third thing in between. And that place is a wilderness I have come to really love.    I have struggled so deeply to settle into this bridge. This wilderness. To be this third thing in between. I share in detail on the podcast, so I...

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ALCHEMY EDITION 107

If you listened to my JOY interview last week with Dr. Pauline Boss, you'll remember part of our discussion led to an examination of the difference between patience and strategy. I was delighted to hear that many of you shared my interest in this part of the interview - it seems like you just couldn't stop thinking about it either.    I loved more than anything else just how specific Dr. Boss was able to get in her breakdown of how the trait of patience is attributed to women. It is an expectation put upon us, primarily connected to mothering. We are to be patient and kind as mothers and as potential mothers even if we never want children. The assignment...

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ALCHEMY EDITION 106

One of the many strange things about being in the field of psychology is that despite an ongoing effort to open thoughts and emotions up for exploration, sometimes the clinician’s perspective can actually become quite narrow. I understand that reads like a paradox when so much of the profession is about opening things up, providing space, perspective and potential. But sometimes in the pursuit of opening things up, we can unintentionally close things off.    I was reminded of this paradox a few weeks ago when I met up with my kiddo’s pro at our local skatepark.  She needed some help problem solving around lines that had her at a standstill. A line is basically how you see part of...

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ALCHEMY EDITION 105

If you are an avid JOY listener, you know that around 2007 I suffered from PTSD accompanied by of all things, hallucinations. Ooof. It’s not what you think and certainly not what I even thought it would be. Hallucinations don't feel the way you think they do. It’s not a trip gone sideways or like walking through a dream. Hallucinations do not have to be debilitating. Mine were not. They can be odd and sometimes subtle. And also, sometimes not scary at all. (I should mention here that if you are curious to learn more about my experience with PTSD and treatment, you can listen to JOY episode 75 here).   My diagnosis came on the heels of time spent working...

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ALCHEMY EDITION 104

As I wrote last week, I took some time off from work to tackle a few renovation projects around the house. I enjoy renovation work as it allows my mind to problem solve which I love, but also do so in an entirely different way than is usually required. Most of my coaching and fine art problem solving involves the creative, even touching on the metaphysical, but in home renovation, it’s all very literal and concrete. Measurement based. And that feels refreshing to me every once in a while.    Last week also allowed for some rest and receivership. I was able to get to the skatepark on the board quite a bit, disco roller-skated myself into a sweaty hot...

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