As I write this email to you, snow flurries are coming down out my office window and I'm constantly checking the weather to see when the big snow will be dropping at my doorstep.
This kind of below-zero, constant-ice-and-snow weather puts all of us Southerners on edge. We aren't built for this, literally and figuratively.
As we all brace for the impending artic blast, the feeling that I'm noticing in my body is familiar - it's similar to the extreme unease that coated my world (and likely yours) this time last year.
What this new virus? Will I get sick? Is it really that bad? What do I need to do to protect my family and myself?
All of these unknowns put our bodies into a state of sympathic arousal, making it difficult for us to think clearly, have extra energy, and plan for the future (more info about why this is - click here.)
In these dark days of winter, notice what your body is telling you - slow down, be good to yourself, allow for the different seasons of life to flow through you, rather than fight against it.
Like we tell many of our clients, it won't always be this way and your brain can lie to you.
So, for today, we're going to focus on what's good, hopeful, why sandtray is amazing.
Alright, let's go!
Love a good Ted Talk? Yes, me too. Karen Eber, leadership consultant and Chief storyteller, illuminates WHY stories are a must when connecting with others. Data and insight very rarely lead to behavior change, which is why the magic of stories in the sand is so powerful.
While you watch this short TED talk, think of how this connects to what happens in your sandtray sessions. How do your clients make changes after telling their story in the sand? How much more empathy do you feel after hearing and seeing their story in the sand? Take 13 minutes and watch this - it's fascinating stuff
Want some more nerdy, neuroscience stuff? You know you do:) What is vagal tone and what does it have to do with therapy?? Check out this article explaining all of the things and use it to make you an even better therapist - Vagal Tone: what is it and how it can make you a better therapist.
Want an article that will make you smile? Check out this lady's take on 16 Things That Helped Me Feel Normal After an Incredibly Stressful Year.
Want to know what makes me smile after a stressful day/year??
My nieces and nephews - they are the best!
Last week, I went to Disney! Each niece/nephew gets a special trip with Aunt Amy wherever they want to go for their 9th bday. This little guy, Clark, picked Disney World.
Check out some of the highlights! (told you I would make you smile!)
Want to know something?
This is why I work - to get to have amazing experiences with those I treasure and to make a difference in lives - my family and yours.
Now, to keep sharing the love and things to make you smile, let's talk miniatures!
This whole month, we're talking cool miniatures over at our Miniature Madness Facebook page and sharing with you some of my favorites AND giving away super helpful minis!
Here's some of what we've featured thus far - and what we're giving away this week!
Check out the post on our Facebook page about how you can win this Jewel Dragon
And here's some more miniatures we've spotlighted/given away this month - and we still have 2 more weeks to go.
To get in on the fun, follow our Facebook page at Miniature Madness - lots more to come!
To grab these for your own collection, simply click on the picture to place your order.
Did ya notice that the quiz is missing for today's edition??
Well, I wanted to do something different - another way to help you remember you're not alone, and we're here to make your days better.
Now to get to the fun part....
Look in the FREE Facebook group, The Sandtray Movement, for this graphic below.
Comment 1 (or 2) things that clicked for you or made you smile in this edition of the Sandtray Ally.
When you comment, you'll be entered to win a $25 gift card from Miniature Madness. We'll announce the winner end of day Wednesday.
Alright ya'll, that's it for the Sandtray Ally for February 2021!
I'll be trying to stay warm over here while devouring books and my favorite foods.
This lady, she's pretty much me this week 🙂