Tips for Moving with Kids from a Children’s Therapist

This weekend is three months since we moved to Freiburg, Germany as an American family. The number one question I’m asked is how our little one is handling the change. To which I’m always tempted to respond with, “What change do you mean?” The truth is, our second grader hasn’t had much of a normal…

Therapy or Coaching: The New Ways We’re Surviving These Times

My early 2022 energy feels like being very ready for change, but struggling with knowing where to begin. What’s missing from my care plan? Therapy or coaching? A massage? Or just one day to only nap?  Before the pandemic, I was the self-care queen – pre-outfitted with a circle of practitioners, healers and support. But…

Learning How to Self-Parent

For a couple years in my mid thirties, I thought I had it all – everything that I understood to mean success, accomplishment, and external happiness. Lots of things looked good on the outside: I was a junior partner at a growing engineering firm and we had a nice house in a great neighborhood. I…

How I Found My Spirit Guides and Signs

True story: the number one thing I’m direct messaged on Instagram are photos of the Wienermobile. And I LOVE it! It always makes me day to hear that someone felt a greater sense of connection in the world by seeing the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile. And there’s always something meaningful about receiving the message at the…

Go Make Mistakes – They’re the Patina of Life!

Post by Markus To quote one of the literary greats, author Michael Bond: “Things are always happening to me. I’m that sort of bear” – from A Bear Called Paddington.  Paddington knew what kind of bear he was – the kind who has interesting things happen to him on the reg.  When you’re the kind…

This Didn’t Happen TO Me, It Happened FOR Me

Post Written by Markus When I was in middle school, my family of origin broke apart. I don’t know the specific reasons although I can speculate – but really that doesn’t matter much to me now. It was a long process that from what I can tell began a few years earlier when I was…

My 10 Steps for Keeping Resentment in Check

About a year ago was the first time I really felt myself figuring out “adulting.” (Don’t draw attention to the facts that I had been working, paying a mortgage and raising a child for years). I knew my schedule. I knew where my stuff went and I put it there. I surprised myself and everyone…

Not Afraid to Catch Feels

Post written by Lilly “You’re so adventurous!’ “A free spirit!” “I admire your bravery!” I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to hear compliments like this from people I love and respect. On my better days, I believe it about myself too. So long as I’m near my people.  For decades, only a few people knew…

The Refrain of Love

Post Written by Markus [I originally wrote this in Winter of 2018. It was a moment where emotion pulled me to pick up a pen and write what was there. I’ve made a few minor edits for clarity but other than that, the words are unchanged. Something pulled at me again to find these specific…