I recently had the honor of hearing Craig speak, and even better, I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon getting to know him. He is a man who has seen dark times and while he moves an audience with his story of tragedy and heartache, he inspires them with his ability to express gratitude for all the good and bad he’s experienced in his life. For people to fully appreciate what it means to heal, they have to hear Craig’s full story, but to me, it’s clear that Craig’s intention is to focus on what it means to be healthy and that it’s alright to recognize when we’re not. We can learn to sit comfortably with that feeling while also taking the necessary steps to regain a healthy balance in mind, body, and spirit.
Less than two months after my dad passed away I was back in class and trying my best to move forward. One of my classes was a recreation and leisure class and the required reading couldn’t have been better for where I was in my life. I was questioning my loss and if I could ever truly be happy again. If you can relate to that feeling, please check out How We Choose To Be Happy.
Becoming a mom has been one of the greatest gifts in my life. Not just because of the love my children have shown me, but because of all I've learned in order to be a better parent, which has ultimately helped me to become a better person. Through my role as a wife and mother, the following books have played an incredible role in my journey to healthy healing.
Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Our first daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) at the age of five. SPD is the result of the nervous system being out of balance causing a variety of abnormal responses to the environment. A few examples of SPD include having a difficult time with change, appearing overly shy in new environments, experiencing an adverse reaction to particular clothes, not understanding personal boundaries. Those who struggle with SPD can experience extreme meltdowns that may seem unprovoked.
We were fortunate to work with an incredible Occupational Therapist who recommended the following books. While these books were written specifically for children with SPD, I believe the tools and lessons provided are beneficial to all parents and anyone who has regular interactions with children.
The Out-of-Sync Child by Carol S. Kranowitz
The Sensory Sensitive Child by Karen A. Smith & Karen R. Gouze
Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration by Carol S. Kranowitz
Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears by Jennifer Veenendall
Arnie and His School Tools –Simple Sensory Solutions That Build Success by Jennifer Veenendall
I think it's fair to say we've all had moments when we've felt unsure about what to do next. Feeling stuck in your personal life and/or professional life can leave one feeling disheartened and frustrated. Below are the books I found to be helpful when I was struggling to find my way in this world.