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.
We will bring all the inspiration, hope, and strategies you will need to step back into the classroom, braver than you’ve ever been.
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.
Are you someone who loves, holds, or supports a first responder? Hello, Hero. That’s right, I think you’re a god-damned hero, just like the first responder that you know and love. It’s not always easy holding your partner when they’re operating under a lot of pressure, with long shifts and unpredictable schedules. Emergencies can be tough to plan family life around; your partner
Last Friday I spoke in front of a room of first responders – firefighters, paramedics, nurses, police officers, social workers, victim service advocates, 9-1-1 operators, physicians – and I was reminded about the heaviness of the work. In the words of the wise Ram Dass, “We are all just walking
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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.