I knew it had been a while since my last blog post...but I was SHOCKED AND APPALLED when I saw that the last time I wrote was January.
Where have I been?! What have I been doing?! (I mean besides: seeing clients, sleeping, hanging out with friends and family, petting my cats, watching TV, going to Zumba, reading, eating, etc...)
Well, what happened was...
After a very long conversation with myself, I decided to create a business account on Instagram this past December. IG is the only social media platform I engage in personally at this point and I had debated dipping my toe in social media for my business.
To my surprise, I have really enjoyed it! It's been a great platform for me to express myself *and* I have developed many online connections that have been inspiring and enriching--personally and professionally.
I post there just about every day (give or take) and I suppose the time and creativity that I previously spent writing long blog posts got spread out into the more frequent, short bursts of expression on IG.
But now that I have some months under my belt, I hope to return to posting on my blog more regularly. Stay tuned...
In the meantime, if you aren't on IG, or aren't following me there, I thought I'd share just a few of my favorite posts from the past few month.
You can select an image below to get a preview of the topic and then click over to see the full IG post. (You don't need an IG account to view.)
If you are interested in more regular content from me, you can follow me on Insta at @fara_tucker_lcsw You can also find all my old posts there.
What to expect if you decide to follow me:
mini-reflections about things like self-care, boundaries, self-compassion, gratitude, authenticity, therapy, etc.
funny stuff about therapy and life in general
poetry, quotes, and song lyrics that move me
photos of things I find beautiful (especially flowers. lots and lots of flowers)
cats (usually mine, always being irresistibly cute)
When I first started running, it was brutal.
Let's be honest, it still is. I am perpetually falling out of this habit. Every time I return after a long break, it feels almost as hard as it did when I started.
I never wanted to be a runner. I didn't understand why people would voluntarily subject themselves to this particular brand of torture.
Then one day, for reasons I don't fully understand, I wanted to try.
Procrastination gets a bad rap.
Sure, it has its faults, but when we take a closer look, it's not so black and white.
Here are four reasons why procrastination isn't always all bad.
1. Procrastinating one task can motivate us to complete another.
Perhaps you can relate to this experience: You have something you are avoiding. You will do anything to not do That Thing!
Yes...even things that you were previously procrastinating doing!
Example: You really need to clean out that garage. I mean, really.
You haven't even opened some of those boxes in ten years. Do you really need those mismatched dishes? Those strings of old broken Christmas lights? Five dozen issues of National Geographic for that collage you are sure you will start one day?
It feels like such a daunting project. You can't bring yourself to even begin. Then one day...
Check out this Bustle piece about common thoughts that can have a negative impact on your well being. It includes examples from therapists, including yours truly.
If you recognize any of these, or struggle with toxic thoughts that aren't on this list, you are not alone! We all think thoughts from time to time that can cause us harm.
Check out this Headspace article on how to use mindfulness and other strategies to shift your experience of commuting. It includes some insight and practical tips from yours truly and other helping professionals.
fara tucker, lcsw
therapist~consultant~teacher in Portland, Oregon