Have you ever felt like you have nothing to show for your life? Do you spend a lot of time beating yourself up for not being further along by now? I spent much of my late 20s and early 30s doing exactly that. While I was helping to care for my mom with Alzheimer's, I … Continue reading Ep 31: You Are Exactly Where You’re Supposed to Be
I don't know about you, but I naturally tend to be a more negative person. It's easy for me to focus on all of the bad things going on in my life, or in the world, and get really down. I struggled a lot at the beginning of my mom's Alzheimer's journey because I focused … Continue reading Ep 30: The Importance of Focusing on the Good
Are you finding joy in your Alzheimer's or dementia journey? I think there's a misconception that finding joy in your journey means that you will have an overall joyful journey. That's definitely not the case. During my 10-year Alzheimer's journey, I learned that it was possible to find joy in small ways throughout my days … Continue reading Ep 25: Finding Joy in Your Alzheimer’s Journey
What if everything you own just burned down tomorrow? What would really matter to you? What would you miss the most? Have you ever stopped to think about it? We get so caught up in the daily grind that we often forget what really matters the most. My neighbor's house recently burned down and it … Continue reading Ep 24: What If It All Burned Down Tomorrow?
Whenever I share something about being positive or changing your perspective, I always get a little push back. “Easier said than done.” “Easy to say when you’re not going through it.” “It’s easy to be positive when you’re looking back. It’s hard to do when you’re in the thick of it.” Now that I’m on … Continue reading Focusing on the Good Is a Choice
When I was in the thick of my mom’s Alzheimer’s, I often felt down, depressed, and hopeless. I mostly focused on all that I had lost and would continue to lose as my mom declined. I would read things about being positive, finding joy, and hunting the good stuff and I would scoff. How could … Continue reading Changing Your Perspective Won’t Change Your Circumstances, But It Will Change You
After my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself. All I thought about was what I had lost and what I would never have. All the things my mom and I would no longer be able to do and all the things we would never get the … Continue reading Sometimes You Have To Paint a Different Picture