Jack.org: Why do you think it’s so difficult for us to talk openly about our mental health?
LK: I think it’s two fold. First, there’s automatically a bravado to want to do well in life. Like, ‘this work is hard, but I’m doing it therefore I feel rewarded in that acknowledgment’. With mental health, I think you’re predisposed to be like ‘oh I’m stressed or I’m anxious but I think I can get over it, I’m strong’ - if you have that bravado. If you can’t get over that, you might (wrongly) think you’re weak or you’re not quite at the level of everybody else. So you don’t want to openly talk about it.
Jack.org: You speak about why it can be hard to talk openly, but what makes it possible even in the face of the obstacles you describe?
LK: What personally gives me hope is acknowledging my successes no matter how small or meagre the opponent. I made it to school at 10am, not 11am, ‘go me’. I missed breakfast but I grabbed a banana, ‘I am wonderful’. I definitely did not pull my weight in that group paper, but we present in a week, ‘I can take the lead’.
I think that we're at our lowest once we think we’ve lost control. But we forget how much control and how much good we’ve already done, and we don’t give ourselves enough credit for it.
- Lon Kerr, student.
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I’ve taken a few days off and am paying for it and I’m still in pain from my stupid decision to run in old shoes last week. 🤦🏼♀️ I chose to share this @jillianmichaels quote because it’s just kinda where I’m at in regards to my overall health. I did my 30 day shred video today and struggled through parts of it due to pain but I pushed on. I kept telling myself it’s not how “in shape” or “fit” I feel while working out that counts, it the choice to do it. Most days my biggest obstacle is me, my attitude and my will or lack there of. Today I chose to work out and tomorrow I can look back on today and be proud. Choosing to do something rather than nothing is when the change begins. What will you choose today? #choosewisely#getoffthedamncouch#dosomething#ratherthannothing#maketheeffort#andyouwillsoonseethechange#goodluck
⚠️ Real Talk Ahead ⚠️ I actually enjoy running, I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it. It makes my body feel good! But when my mind doesn’t feel good, I don’t usually choose to do the things that make my body feel good and then my body doesn’t feel that great either which feeds into my mind not feeling good and it’s all kind of a spiral downward from there. That’s a lot of what lead my initial weight gain in the first place.
I’ve gained back about 10-12lbs of my 40lbs weight loss and it’s gotten me really down on myself. That, with some other external factors, has my depression and anxiety pretty high today. I got up to run/walk this morning, but didn’t go once I was dressed. I had potato chips for breakfast and chocolate for my mid morning snack. I made plans to take the kids to park but kept putting it off all morning. Finally the healthy part of my mind said- “Ok, enough of this. Get up! You are going to go out and get you some vitamin D and try to boost yourself out of this hole you feel like we are in.” I literally felt like I was dragging myself, but I loaded up the kids and went to the park for a picnic. I wore short and tank top so my skin could soak up the sun’s rays. And you know what? It helped a bit 🤷🏻♀️ So anyway, I guess what I’m saying is take care of yourself and when you’re feeling down try to do at least one good thing. I usually keep to myself about my meatballs health- but for some reason I felt like I should share today. I know I’m not alone, lots of women struggle with depression and anxiety and poor self image, so maybe sharing my small victory might help someone else. —- Well this was a long rambling post that probably didn’t make much sense, but that’s where I am today. .
Shortened the work out a little today to give my knee a rest. No bike, no legs and no calves. Knee feels a little better and it should be okay in a couple days.
Do not let aches and pains or anything else keep you from doing something! You can always do something! Not doing anything after my shoulder surgeries and knee surgeries is what got me into the condition I was in after Christmas.
Even if you can only do 10 to 15 minutes, it's better than doing nothing at all.
Spring has Sprung!
You know what that means....Spring cleaning time! Did you know you can sell your items on @ebay and raise money for Wagging Dog Rescue? It's been proven that even donating 10% instills more trust in buyers–they are more likely to choose your product over another and it will sell faster. Check out #eBayForCharity and start making money for you and WDR.
Check out this weeks video. *Link In Bio* Just a quick hike in an amazing hidden park in North Austin.
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It happened again. This time, in my hometown. The fact that my childhood friends, who still live in SoMd, have children that had to go through this. I’m angry. I’m sad. I have so much to say, yet I can’t get the words. Something needs to be done.
Tonight we are excited to be meeting with @swat.ministries.intl to discuss the needs associated with children rescued from sex-trafficking. The direct link between Human Trafficking and the orphan crisis is appalling. Did you know that according to reports, here in the states sex-traffickers target foster care group homes by sending one girl in to lure other girls to out. The FBI estimates close to 100,000 children ages 12 to 14 are trapped in trafficking with 60% of those rescued having a history of being in the foster care system. This orphan crisis is not only overseas but right here in our neighborhoods. We must stand up, get involved and invest in our most vulnerable children. Swat founders are working hard to bring an end to this type of slavery through rescuing, restoring and rebuilding lives. We are thankful they answered the call to do something and are eager to see how we can get involved to help the children that are rescued. #heritage#hills#heritagehills#nonprofit#swat#children#dosomething#rescue#restore#rebuild
Happy First Day of Spring Loves!! Do you Spring Clean your business? #seriousquestion 🤔
For the rest of the week I'll be sharing tips on Spring cleaning your business in my instastory! But here are three to get you started: 🌾
1] Organize your emails- Emails can be overwhelming, time consuming and frick fracking annoying. Pour some coffee/tea and carve out some time to organize, clean and unsubscribe to add feng shui to your inbox. 🥀
2] Clean your work space- Like literally clean (if you haven't) old papers, post-its, equipment etc. It's ok to clean the crumbs in your keyboard. I know it's not just me. Make your space/equipment inviting. Give it a Spring zhuzh! <--google it Thanks @matthewsmgmt 🤣😏 🌹
3] Examine your systems and processes. What customer touch points can be automated? Bookkeeping, customer onboarding and marketing automation tools will free up your busy Spring schedule. Happy Cleaning!
Getting shoes ready for our big shoe give tomorrow with @unspokenmusic.
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Think spring. Drink spring. .
Our spring menu launched today. This is our Strawberry Kiwi Apple tea mixed with lemonade and a little bit of sparkling water. .
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"The truth is, everyone is fighting a silent battle. Some express it more than others, but truly everyone wants to be seen, known and loved. That night we got to look at Lauren and we chose to see a man who was hurt, lost or confused and one who needs to be loved and known. " - Danielle, CW co-founder