It's not if. It's when.

DR. JODY CARRINGTON, KIDS THESE DAYS, 2019

In the end or the beginning all we want to know is that we matter.​

DR. JODY CARRINGTON, KIDS THESE DAYS, 2019

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5 Reasons STAYLit is the Event 2021 Needs

On the heels of a global pandemic and hard, awkward conversations about race and systemic oppression, we are left exhausted, emotionally drained, and disconnected. It’s more critical than ever that we become braver together and move forward through connection, inspiration, and joy if we want any hope of having healthy

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2020 Reflections

2020, you bitch. I have a few things to say to you. So listen up. You brought pain and despair to so many. To this house alone, we’ve seen unimaginable illness and talked cancer, missed so many hugs, and shed many tears. You were also one of my greatest teachers.

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We will talk all things trauma, mental health, joy, and staying connected with our teachers and each other in our communities as we come together, braver than ever, and walk each other home.

COMING MAY 2021

Sisters, mothers, best friends, and daughters, or anyone who identifies this way—this day is for you.

EVERY AUGUST!

We will bring all the inspiration, hope, and strategies you will need to step back into the classroom, braver than you’ve ever been.

COMING NOVEMBER 2021​

HELLO HERO! This day is for all of you—police, fire, EMS, emergency dispatchers, prison guards, nurses, and physicians. We will talk trauma and burnout, resilience and recovery in a day like you’ve never seen, for people who do the work that few can imagine.

my story

I was always intrigued by relationships. And I thought for a long time that “helping people” meant fixing things. Slowly, along the way, I have learned that it is not about having the answer. It’s not about fixing. If you can connect, however, and truly understand someone’s story—that is where the power lies. In the relationship.

And then I became a mother to a son, followed by boy-girl twins. This is the one job where I really need to rely on this whole “believer” idea. I thought my story was going to read like a milk-and-cookies mom who never yelled or resorted to (extremely) excessive use of the iPad. Turns out, that’s not my story. Truth of the matter is: my kids make my world the brightest it has ever been, but I have also learned that I am a better spouse, a better Mom, and a better friend—better at the most important relationships—when I can find time to balance what I love to do almost as much. And that’s why I’m here. And, if it so happens that we’ve met, or get to meet, I look forward to your story and the lessons I’ll learn from you. And maybe those you might learn from me.

what I talk about

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CONNECTION

Connection is a universal language and disconnection is the biggest problem we face today.

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RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships are at the heart of it all, and can guide you towards answering the most important question on the planet: “Am I worth it?”

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TRAUMA

Understanding the brain from a trauma perspective can change everything.

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GRIEF & LOSS

Grief and trauma can make us feel like lost ships in a stormy sea, but we can help each other come out even stronger on the other side.