On Halloween morning this year, I considered whether or not I should wear a costume to my Zumba class.
At first, it seemed like an inconsequential decision.
Wear one, don't wear one, who really cares, right??!!
But as the day transpired, I realized there were a couple of things that did feel important about my eventual decision to don a little devil outfit and head to class.
One day it occurred to me that I no longer knew how to answer when people asked, "how are you?"
I don't know when it happened exactly. All I know is that this ordinary, everyday question was quite literally stopping me in my tracks.
A friend or coworker who I hadn’t seen in a while would enthusiastically ask, “how are you?!” and I would become speechless (which if you know me, you know that's really saying something).
I would pause waiting for the right words to appear.
For those of you not on Instagram (or not following me), here is another round up of some of my favorite posts from the last couple of months.
If you hover over the thumbnail, you'll see a caption that will give you a clue about the topic, or you can click to view the full post on IG.
Remember that you don't need an Instagram account to view these. If you do want to follow me, you can find me here.
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, doing laundry, going to Zumba, reading, eating, etc...)
Well, what happened was...
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