Happy birthday, dad. You are the greatest navigator I have ever known. After being exiled from your home in Iceland, you fearlessly sailed 900 miles to Greenland to start a new life (well it’s called Greenland now, after you named it). You inspire me every day pops. Don’t party too hard #youkilledabunchofpeople #butistillloveyou
Not so sure I want NYC’s scent profile to follow me wherever I roam... #butistillloveyou
My mom got mad at me for not plugging her like I did for Dad, so here’s her post. She’s a pretty cool lady. Gave birth to me and all that. 😎 One of my favorite games was not following her anywhere and watching her flip her lid. #thanksmom #sorryiwasanawfulchild #butistillloveyou
Despite grand plans, I’ve not managed to do a psychology advent this year. I decided that it would probably push my already brimful capacity cup to overflowing creamola foam level. Instead I thought I’d make a series of Christmas equations, simply encapsulating what some of the science tells us about what makes us feel good. Now I’m aware that these are seemingly simple (and possibly verging on cheesy dare I say it?) messages so I hope the complexity of mental health and generally being human doesn’t get lost in the message. Of course, I am not saying that doing these things alone will make you happy/ content/ self compassionate etc. If the message really was that simple I would have been out of a job many moons ago (actually if these equations did work that easily, I’d probably be quite happy to be out of a job as I’d be selling the magical equation and be a very rich woman)
However what I am hoping for is that these equations, encapsulating some of the research on happiness and psychological wellbeing, may give you pause for thought and reflection about what’s really important to you over Christmas time, and help you think about how you can use this to reduce stress and make it work for you.
This one’s pretty straightforward.... we may seek to make the perfect Christmas by spending our hard earned cash, but what we do know is that spending time with people you care about and doing things you enjoy is more rewarding longer term and more likely to increase your happiness and satisfaction with life. So spending your dosh wisely would mean spending it on experiences or events instead of things. But actually you don’t need to spend much at all to create a Christmas that brings happiness and joy. In fact it’s spending time wisely, rather than money that is more likely to create joy and to make memories and enable you to have a more enjoyable Christmas.
#averypsychologychristmas #makememoriesnotmeltdowns #scienceofhappiness #mentalhealthdoodle #brainainthappy #hesnotinthepicture #sorrybrian #clinicalpsychologist #donewrong #butistillloveyou #mentalhealthart #mentalhealthillustration #clinicalpsychology
Jonathan, what an honor and blessings to call you my little brother. I am beyond proud to be your sister. I am so proud of the young man you are becoming. I’m so blessed to see you grow to this handsome young man. Your maturity and the way you carry yourself is how I imagine and prayed for you to be as you got older. I thank God for giving me a bother who stays out of trouble. I never have to worry about you being in high school drama or making bad decisions that could potentially ruin your image, talents, or passions. You can really be annoying sometimes but I rather you be annoying then to have a bad heart. You have such a good heart and I love that about you. Your intentions are never to hurt anyone. Thank you for making it easy to trust you and spoil you. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you. And I’ll always have your back no matter what. Continue to strive for your goals and stay away from girls. Lol I know these past couple of months have been tuff balancing school, The Lab, West Co all Male, side projects, life itself and just everything in between because you really put in that over OVER time. It was a lot of pressure and a short amount of time. And you handled every situation like a professional. Weather you know this or not but you are a leader. And a huge role model. Not knowing what it takes to become one but you stepped into that role and that role carries such high standards. Not only does Val and Carrie expect excellence from you but I do too and you know we do not give praise unless it’s earned. And you definitely earned this praise. I love you with all my heart kiddo. And I’m so so happy for you and excited to see you continue to grow in all areas of your life. You’re amazing! Keep killing it kid. I’ll always be here for you. I know I’m a crazy, over the top protective sister and I’ll kill any girl you talk to and gladly go to jail for doing it lol but just know there’s no other girl that will love and protect you like I do (besides Mom) hahaha you are one very loved kid. By many. Ok this got really long. ILYSM!
I don’t know if it was PMS or the bickering with him in general but he was getting on my last nerve and I was like “OMG!! I JUST CANT WITH YOU RIGHT NOW! YOU’RE SO ANNOYING!!”. The moment I released my words I felt an instant regret and my future flashed before me and he wasn’t in it😥. What I meant to say and did reiterate in that moment was “Baby I love you with my whole 💗 and you have it always but you drive me bat shit crazy, you really do”, “But I still love and appreciate you”, 😘 lol #butistillloveyou #always
Happy Birthday Lexi!! You always find a way to make us laugh little sour patch!! 😂 love you tons miss you more, see you soon!! Love, your Jacko! 💜💜Haha #hbd #6yearsold #butistillloveyou
Spent the day with my favorite men. My not-so-little little brother, my husband and my pup. It’s not the quantity of people in your life but the quality. Happy Thanksgiving all! 🦃🍁🍂 #brotherlove #hedrivesmecrazy #butistillloveyou
364 days of the year I’m most thankful for you. One day a year I’m most thankful for mashed potatoes. Today is that day. 😉🧡