Resilience and Transformation

Helping women recover from
and flourish after
stress and trauma

Melanie Kimberlin

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Welcome to Kimberlin Coaching – the home of the Resilience and Transformation Group.

You ask me, what does that mean – resilience and transformation?

We are women who have been through something painful – a loss or change of some kind – maybe divorce, a job loss, the death of a loved one or life just not turning out the way we expected.

  • We’ve grieved,

  • We’ve been angry,

  • We’ve been depressed,

  • We’ve cried,

  • We’ve ranted and raved.

We’re tired of it.

We're tired of it, and just want to move on. We want to become more resilient and move forward into transformation.

We aren’t saying we’re not affected by our past; we just don’t want to be ruled by it anymore.

We want to:

  • Process what needs to be processed,

  • Change what needs to be changed, and

  • Accept what needs to be accepted.

We want to flourish.

We want to find our strength and flourish, finding out who we are, who we want to be, and experiencing joy again in our lives. We’re ready for it but maybe we’re not quite sure how to make it happen. This group is to let us support each other as we move forward in our quest.

About Me

Melanie Kimberlin, CPC, ELI-MP

Melanie Kimberlin

My life has not turned out like I planned it or how I wanted it to! I have fought an eating disorder for over 30 years – which led me to 12-step recovery programs, where I have been blessed to be able to mentor women for many years. I have been married twice – and because of poor choices all around, ended up with me experiencing a lot of grief. Losing relationships with my children (thankfully, I am reconciled with 3 of my 4 kids at the moment), was married to an alcoholic for 13 years (4 of those with him in prison), and have now been happily single for many years. These are just a few of the things. And there are a lot of women out there who can give the same list, if not worse.


During my dark days, people often gave me advice, definitely well-meaning, and probably good advice. But I usually could not act on it. Now that I see how powerful coaching is, I wish I had had a coach back when I was going through the rough years. I decided to become certified to be a professional life coach so that I can help other women navigate these stormy waters more smoothly than I was able to.

  • I love purple.

  • I love dogs and have a menagerie – 2 dogs and 2 cats.

  • I was married for a total of 32 years, to 2 different men, the second one an alcoholic.

  • I have 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 bonus daughters, 4 grandchildren, and 3 bonus grandchildren, though not all are reconciled with me.

  • I have been happily single for many years and love spending time with my grandbabies.

  • I am a Christian and am happy to coach on spiritual matters.

  • I have been actively involved in mentoring ladies through 12-step recovery for over 30 years. I have been a leader (Women’s Training Coach) in Celebrate Recovery for 12 years.

  • Certified Professional Coach from IPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (one of the top 3 Coaching Schools)

  • Associate Certified Coach - International Coaching Federation

  • Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP).

  • COR.E Dynamics Transition Specialist.

  • COR.E Dynamics Leadership Specialist

  • COR.E Dynamics Wellbeing Specialist

  • Certified Trauma Support Specialist. - Arizona Trauma Institute

  • Board certified as an ANWCB Life Coach (American Association of National Wellness Coaches Board)

Work With Me

Helping women recover from and flourish after stress and trauma.

If you’ve worked through or are working through a major transition and are having a tough time, you know you want to make a change, but you know you need some help, consider hiring me as your coach. If that’s something that you’re open to learning more about, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. I will follow up with you and we can create a relaxed conversation and decide where to go from there.

Coaching Options

1. One-on-One Coaching - contact me below for a conversation

2. Small Group Coaching (no more than 10 people at a time) - Availability dependent on demand - get a group of friends and contact me below, or let me know you're interested and I'll set one up as soon as we get a group. 4-month package includes:

  • one 30-minute one-on-one session

  • three 90-minute group coaching zoom calls per month

  • private Facebook group and

  • unlimited email support

3. Monthly Subscription Group - under construction. Includes:

  • weekly hour-long zoom meeting with short lesson and group interaction/coaching on various life-empowering topics

  • private Facebook group

Contact Me

Fill out this form and I will contact you so we can set up a conversation.

Tell me as specifically and as concisely as possible:

  • What are you seeking, and

  • Why you are considering hiring me as your Coach?

We want to flourish, finding out who we are, who we want to be, and experiencing joy again in our lives.


Debbie Thornton

Debbie Thornton

"Melanie is an incredible teacher"

"So to be quite honest. I have struggled to write a review of my accountability partner and friend Melanie. She is such an amazing woman I was afraid my words could not convey all that she means to me and others.

I have had the privilege to work with Melanie for about eight years in  Celebrate recovery. The first thing that impresses me is she shows up every single week. Not only does she show up but she is excited. She is excited about recovery and how it can literally change the lives of the women who are willing to do the work. She leads step groups-taking large groups of women through the 12 steps. But more than that she helps each woman individually.  Her kindness love and compassion for each woman is so evident. She goes above and beyond just being a group leader.

Melanie is also an incredible teacher. At CR she is our training coach.  Monthly we have coaches meetings and Melanie leads us through a training to help us all make this program more effective. I can seriously go on and on and on about the attributes of Melanie. What she brings to my life and into the life of countless other people. But to sum it up, she is faithful, reliable and wise. Because she has done the work herself- she is excited to pass her experience, strength and hope to others."

~ Debbie Thornton

Sherrie Coleman

Sherrie Coleman

"I have witnessed the significant differences Melanie has made"

"I have known Melanie for over 6 years. Working in groups with her, I have observed her wisdom and kindness in helping individuals identify and confront problems in the individual’s life.

Melanie asks probing questions that allow the individual to examine their beliefs and actions and how these beliefs and actions contribute to the problems in the person’s life. Melanie lets individuals work at their own pace. Melanie is an excellent guide.

I highly recommend her as a life coach. I have witnessed the significant differences Melanie has made in many women’s lives."

~ Sherrie Coleman

Janette Esch

Janette Esch

"This past year has been a journey of true transformation for me"

"I would love to just express the love and gratitude I have for Melanie, working with her has been such a blessing. This past year has been a journey of true transformation for me and I could not have done it without her guidance.

Melanie led/walked me through some mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. She provided me with tools to implement in my everyday life, that to this day I still utilize. She was kind, compassionate, and a great listener. She truly heard what I needed and helped me to achieve my desired level of healing. Melanie was not just a coach for me, but a dear friend I can depend on if I ever need help in life again.

I am grateful that I can attest to her work and I would choose her over and over again! Thank you Melanie!"

~ Janette Esch

Laura Castaneda

Laura Castaneda

"Melanie desires nothing but to see you succeed"

~ Laura Castaneda


I recommend:
Free Values Assessment

Self-Help / Relationships / Divorce

TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
The Gifts of Imperfection Brené BrownBuy
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead Brené BrownBuy
Tiny Habits – The Small Changes that Change EverythingB. J. Fogg, Phd.Buy
BoundariesHenry Cloud and John TownsendBuy
Why Did You Have to Get a Divorce? And When Can I Get A Hamster: A Guide to Parenting Through DivorceAnthony E. Wolf, Ph.D.Buy
Why Does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling MenLundy BancroftBuy


TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
Discerning the Voice of God, How to Recognize When God is SpeakingPriscilla ShirerBuy
The Rock, the Road and the RabbiKathie Lee GiffordBuy
Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your MindJoyce MeyerBuy
Breaking Free: Discover the Victory of Total SurrenderBeth MooreBuy
Get Out of That PitBeth MooreBuy
When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of SeductionBeth MooreBuy

Body Perception / Food Issues

TitleAuthorAvailable from Amazon:
Mindless Eating - Why We Eat More Than We ThinkBrian Wansink, Ph.D.Buy
Intuitive EatingEvelyn Tribole and Elyse ReschBuy
8 Keys to Recovery From An Eating DisorderCarolyn Costin and Gwen Schubert GrabbBuy
Life without EdJenni SchaeferBuy
Goodbye Ed, Hello MeJenni SchaeferBuy
Brain Over BingeKathryn HansenBuy


My To-Read List

I always have so many books I want to read; once I read these I will move them up in the list. Feel free to give me your recommendations – I may add them to my To-Read List.

  • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

  • It’s Okay Not to be Okay by Sheila Walsh

  • Change Your Questions, Change Your Life by Marilee Adams

  • Me and White Supremacy; Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad

  • When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies by Jane R.. Hirschman and Carol H. Munter

  • When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story

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Sunday Springboard : Live Broadcast

Every Sunday, 4:00PM CST

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Watch These Previous Springboard Episodes:

Series TitleVideo Title
COR.E Disciplines – Part 2-2#58 –What’s So Great About Acceptance? Acceptance – Part 2
COR.E Disciplines – Part 2-1#57 – It is What It Is! Acceptance – Part 1
COR.E Disciplines – Part 1-5#56 – You’ve Totally Got Options! Awareness – Part 5
COR.E Disciplines – Part 1-4#55 – What’s Going on Around You? Awareness – Part 4
COR.E Disciplines – Part 1-3#54 – And What About Others? Awareness-Part 3
COR.E Disciplines – Part 1-2#53 –Who Are You? Awareness-Part 2
COR.E Disciplines – Part 1-1#52 – How Aware Are You? Awareness-Part 1
COR.E Disciplines – Part Intro-2#51 – Who Actually Wants to Be Disciplined?
COR.E Disciplines – Part Intro-1#50 – You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks - WRONG!
Stress and Trauma – Part 7#49 – I’m Not Stressed! You’re Stressed!
Stress and Trauma – Part 6#48 – Get Me Out of Here!
Stress and Trauma – Part 5#47 - I’m Too Stressed Out!
Embracing Change – Part 6#46 – What Kind of Goals Work for Me?
Embracing Change – Part 5#45 – How Can I Break the Change Cycle?
Embracing Change – Part 4#44 –Forgiveness – So Hard – So Freeing
Embracing Change – Part 3#43 – I Didn’t Choose This! – Unwanted Change
Embracing Change – Part 2#42 – Trauma Bond - Why Can’t I Leave?
Embracing Change – Part 1#41 – Why Can’t I Move On?
Stress and Trauma – Part 4#40 - Is That Relevant?
Stress and Trauma – Part 3#39 - Road Work on the Highway of Our Brain
Stress and Trauma – Part 2#38 - Bruce Banner or Hulk?
Stress and Trauma – Part 1#37 - You’re Not Crazy!
Stand Alone#36 - Grace - Lessen Stress and Increase Joy
Holiday Tips - Part 4#35 - Happy Holidays Regardless
Holiday Tips - Part 3#34 - Happy Holidays Regardless
Holiday Tips - Part 2#33 - Happy Holidays Regardless
Holiday Tips - Part 1#32 - Happy Holidays Regardless
Influencers - – Part 13#31 – Is Your Environment Friendly? - Environmental Influencer
Influencers - – Part 12#30 – Social Butterfly? Or Not – Social Influencer (Part 2)
Influencers - – Part 11#29 – Social Butterfly? Or Not – Social Influencer (Part 1)
Influencers - – Part 10#28 – Let’s Get Physical – Physical Influencer (Part 3)
Influencers - – Part 9#27 – Let’s Get Physical – Physical Influencer (Part 2)
Influencers - – Part 8#26 – Let’s Get Physical – Physical Influencer (Part 1)
Stand Alone#25 – BONUS – Leaving an Abusive Relationship
Influencers - – Part 7#24 – I Get So Emotional – Emotional Influencer (Part 3)
Influencers - – Part 6#23 – I Get So Emotional – Emotional Influencer (Part 2)
Influencers - – Part 5#22 – I Get So Emotional – Emotional Influencer (Part 1)
Influencers - – Part 4#21 – My Brain is Saying WHAT? - Mental Influencer (Part 2)
Influencers - – Part 3#20 – My Brain is Saying WHAT? - Mental Influencer (Part 1)
Influencers - – Part 2#19 – What’s My Purpose Anyway? - Spiritual Influencer
Influencers - – Part 1#18 – Don’t Stress Me Out – Intro
Stand Alone#17 – What is a Coach Anyway?
Energy Blocks– Part 5#16 – Don’t Block My Energy - Gremlins
Energy Blocks– Part 4#15 – Don’t Block My Energy –Assumptions
Energy Blocks– Part 3#14 – Don’t Block My Energy –Interpretations
Energy Blocks– Part 2#13 – Don’t Block My Energy –Limiting Beliefs
Energy Blocks – Part 1#12 – Don’t Block My Energy Intro
Levels of Energy – Part 8#11 – I AM – Winning and Losing are Illusions – Level 7 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 7#10 – We are the World – Level 6 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 6#9 – Good Luck, Bad Luck, Who Knows – Level 5 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 5#8 – Can I Help You? Level 4 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 4#7 – Let’s Make Lemonade – Level 3 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 3#6 – Why Do You Make Me So Angry? – Level 2 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 2#5 – I Can’t Win For Losing – Level 1 Energy
Levels of Energy – Part 1#4 – What Energy Are You Feeling? Intro
Stand Alone#3 – Action and Acceptance
Stand Alone#2 – Kick That Anxiety

#58 –What’s So Great About Acceptance?
Acceptance – Part 2 - Core Disciplines - Part 9

What is so great about accepting, anyway? We’re told that acceptance is so important, but why is that, really? Well, for one thing, when you try to not feel pain, you are also choosing to not feel joy and happiness. You can’t shut off some emotions, and allow others to get through. The walls that you put up to avoid the painful emotions, also keep out the joyful ones.

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#57 –It is What It Is! Acceptance – Part 1 -
Core Disciplines - Part 8

I used to think if things weren’t going my way, it just meant I hadn’t obsessed enough, planned enough, persuaded enough, or worked hard enough yet. That if I kept obsessing, I would figure out the magical formula to make things go my way. I just would not/could not let myself be “okay” with things that felt so “not okay”.
Acceptance is a major factor in any kind of healing or moving forward. Let’s talk about what acceptance really is, what it is not, and how it can help us live the lives we desire.

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#56 – You’ve Totally Got Options! Awareness – Part 5 - Core Disciplines - Part 7

How many times have you said, “I have to do…..(fill in the blank).” How often do you feel stuck, caged, not in control of your own life? How much do you feel “beholden” to other people and their desires and demands of you as you plan your life? How many commitments have you made that you regret? How many times do you say “yes” when you’re thinking, “no”, but feel like you “have” to join in? I’m here to tell you that you actually do have options.

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#55 – What’s Going on Around You?
Awareness – Part 4 - Core Disciplines - Part 6

I have two dogs with totally different temperaments. When we go on a walk, T-Bonnie walks with her head high, looking, scanning, taking in all of the visual aspects of our world. Fritz, on the other hand, does most of our walk with his nose to the ground, sniffing and smelling his way through the neighborhood. I guess both of them are aware in their own ways, but each is missing out on a part of it. How aware are you of the world in which you live?

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#54 – And What About Others? Awareness – Part 3 - Core Disciplines - Part 5

And what about others? Do we just concentrate on ourselves? Do we just focus on others? How do we find a balance?
Do we live our lives based on what other people want us to do? Are we more concerned with pleasing others than doing what is best for us? How can we make an effect for good in the world around us, starting with ourselves? We will explore the concepts of how we allow others to influence us and, also, how we are influencing others.

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#53 – Who Are You? Awareness – Part 2 - Core Disciplines - Part 4

What do you like? Who are you? What do you want? Do you even know? So many of us have spent so much of our lives unaware – just traveling through life, working, parenting, serving – that we have no clue who we really are.
There comes a time in our lives, whether early or late, where we get hit in the face with that question – who am I? Who we are determines that kind of people and situations that we attract. This Sunday we will look at the different areas of our lives where we want to ponder and explore and discover who we are, really, and what do we want out of our lives.

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#52 – How Aware are You? Awareness – Part 1 -
Core Disciplines - Part 3

How aware are you? Most of us spend 84 percent of our time running on habit and only 14 percent actually being aware of what is going on around us. Therefore, for the most part, we are not making conscious decisions.
Awareness is the essential first step toward living life, your way. To be aware, you need to be constantly observing - assessing yourself and everything around you. When you are aware, you understand that what is true for you is not necessarily the Truth. In order to live the powerful, joyful lives you desire, you need to become aware of who you are, why you are who you are, and how you are reacting to your circumstances.

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#51 – Who Actually Wants to Be Disciplined?
Core Disciplines - Part 2

When I tell you we’re going to study about the COR.E Disciplines, does your brain kindof react and think, “ugh, who really wants to be disciplined? It’s so hard. I’m really more into freedom and doing what I want when I want.” Yeah, me too. And I would ask you, “how is that working for you?”
The word “discipline” is significant in that it means both “a branch of knowledge or teaching” as well as “to train by instruction or practice.” So we are going to learn these powerful concepts, you can call them anything you want – but they’re beliefs and practices that will help you live in your own power, and reduce the stress and/or your reaction to the stress you encounter in your daily life, whether at work or at home.

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#50 – You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks - WRONG! COR.E Disciplines Part 1

You’ve heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and some of us embrace it and use it as an excuse to just stay where we are, even if we’re not even enjoying the life we have created. Thankfully, scientists have discovered that our brains can continue changing and growing (heavier, not bigger) for all of our lives.
Before we study the COR.E Disciplines, we want to be aware of which mindset we are entering into the study with - a growth/mastery mindset or a fixed/performance mindset.

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#49 – I’m Not Stressed! You’re Stressed!
Stress and Trauma Part 7

Have you ever had an occasion where something happened that totally stressed you out but the same situation didn’t even affect the other person with you? Or vice versa? Why is that? Isn’t stress just stress? I mean, if you encounter stress in your life, doesn’t it follow that you are going to be stressed?
Apparently, the answer is no. It is our reaction to, and thoughts about, a "stressful" situation that determine how much stress the situation will actually create for us.
Today we will talk about to reduce our stress by changing our attitudes about it.

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#48 – Get Me Out of Here! Stress and Trauma Part 6

Stress is a part of daily life. We can’t eliminate it totally, nor should we. The stress of getting out of our comfort zone and trying something new is a healthy stress, and one that contributes to us growing into the person we truly want to be. Some stress is tolerable, but maybe not optimal. Some stress is toxic and we need to try to remove that kind of stress from our lives, as much as possible.

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#47 –I’m Too Stressed Out! Stress and Trauma Part 5

Do you just feel toooo stressed out? Maybe you can’t even remember the last time you felt relaxed and calm. We know that stress harms our bodies, as well as our brains and our emotional and mental state. In fact, Trauma is actually what happens in the body when you’re under prolonged stress, rather than just one traumatic event.
In this session we will talk about some practical ways to de-stress or “regulate” ourselves in the moment.

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#46 –What Kind of Goals Work for Me? Embracing Change – Part 6

Do you create a goal and then can’t follow through with it? Or does someone else suggest a goal that would seem like a good one for you, but you just don’t feel motivated to do it? Then you beat yourself up because you can’t get yourself to take any action toward the goal?
Maybe you’re looking at goals in the wrong way. Depending on the way we individually react to stress, we may be more successful if we change the way we create our goals.

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#45 –How Can I Break the Change Cycle? – Embracing Change – Part 5

Deliberate change can be a difficult process. Many well-intentioned people have changes they want to make in their lives, but they get stuck repeating the same “change cycle” over and over again. We start, we slow down, we stop, we start over…This is a common cycle, and though some of it comes from emotional reasons, there is actually a physiological component to it also.
This week we will talk about how to set ourselves up for success, rather than failure, when we truly want to make changes in our lives.

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#44 –Forgiveness – So Hard – So Freeing - Embracing Change – Part 4

Forgiveness is hard. And unforgiveness is even harder.
When you hold a resentment against someone, it is allowing that person to live rent-free in your brain, it allows them to remain in control of you. We don’t want that – we want to be free. It is also the poison that we drink and expect the other person to die. It doesn’t work – they’re still alive and we’re the one who is dying.

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#43 – I Didn’t Choose This! – Unwanted Change – Embracing Change – Part 3

I used to believe that if something wasn’t going my way, it just meant that I needed to obsess longer and harder and eventually I would find a way to make it go my way. Say the right thing, do the right thing, just keep thinking about it and eventually I could make it work out. What that way of thinking did to me was make me crazy! Sometimes we are in situations – in major upheavals and changes - that we did not choose and that are out of our control. Maybe our loved one has passed away. We are in an unwanted divorce. We have been laid off from our job, evicted from our home, or dealing with reconstruction after a storm. What do we do then?

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#42 – Trauma Bond- Why Can't I Leave? - Embracing Change – Part 2

Do you wonder what in the world happened? You were a confident, happy, hopeful person – you had a good job and friends and were enjoying life. And then you met someone who made you feel amazing and showered you with love and you thought this was your soul mate, and it has turned out terrible. And still, you can’t leave. You find yourself listing all the terrible things going on in your relationship - you know the situation is toxic - but for some reason, you just stay. You are probably experiencing what is known as a “Trauma Bond.” This emotional attachment develops out of a repeated cycle of abuse, devaluation, and positive reinforcement.

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#41 – Why Can’t I Move On?
Embracing Change – Part 1

You may be in a situation where you ask yourself, why can’t I move on? This may be in regards to a toxic environment you don’t seem to be able to leave or it could be that you have removed yourself physically from the abuse but still don’t feel emotionally free. Maybe you are in a situation that you did not choose – and you feel stuck, wishing things were like they used to be, and unable to move forward and find joy again in your life.
These are normal feelings, and there are reasons why you find this difficult. We will discuss the different reasons you feel stuck and some tools to help you break free and move forward into the life you want and deserve.

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#40 – Is That Relevant? Recovery from Stress and Trauma – Part 4

Remember that our brains want to keep us safe more than anything - they are always on the lookout for danger. If you notice, you will realize how much stimuli are bombarding our brains at any minute of the day – way too much information to be processed. So, our brains are constantly scanning for what is relevant. This is called selective attention – our brains focus on what they consider relevant and ignore the rest
Today we’re going to talk about relevancy and what that means for us as we are trying to understand our brains and our bodies and recover from the trauma that stress has created for us.

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#39 – Road Work on the Highway of Our Brain - Recovery from Stress and Trauma – Part 3

Our brains love habits because they enable it to act more quickly in a more efficient way. Good habits serve us well, bad habits not so much. Although scientists for many years thought the brain stopped changing after a certain time, now we know that our brains can continue to grow and change. This is a wonderful thing!

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#38 – Bruce Banner or Hulk?
Recovery from Stress and Trauma – Part 2

Do you remember Bruce Banner? He was mild-mannered, reasonable, calm and focused. But when he turned into the Hulk, he could no longer be reasoned with - he was agitated, angry, and behaved “badly”. This is a metaphor of what can happen to us when we get too much of the “fiery cocktail” of 30 or more hormones our brains pour into our bodies mistakenly thinking they are helping us. We have a threshold of tolerance toward irritants in our lives and depending on our own background, our daily level of stress, whenever we hit our individual threshold, we can turn into Hulk. Or maybe we have family members who are in Hulk mode. This week we will learn more about this Hulk phenomena and how to slow down his appearance and calm him down once he does appear.

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#37 - You’re Not Crazy -
Recovery from Stress and Trauma - Part 1

We are starting a new series about Recovering from Stress and Trauma. Our first lesson will be an explanation of what is going on in our bodies that is causing all of these uncomfortable sensations. All along the way we will learn tools and techniques to help us calm our bodies and move out of these negative emotions and back into our power and energy that will let us move forward into the lives we want to live.

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#36 –Grace – Lessen Stress and Increase Your Joy

The acrostic GRACE helps us remember these 5 points which will help you lessen stress and increase your joy as we close out this year.
Grace – nobody was prepared for this pandemic - Grace. To them and to yourself.
Realize what you can control and what you cannot – let go of the things you cannot control.
Allow yourselves to believe that good enough is good enough. That perfection does not exist.
Care – you are already caring for others – spend some time on self-care.
Experience life one moment at a time –look around and see what good things are going on in your life – gratitude is one of the best ways to overcome stress and depression.

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#35 – Happy Holidays Regardless - Part 4

On our last week of our Holiday Tips Series, we are going to talk about how to allow yourself the grace to take care of yourself and make sure that you have some enjoyable times. Even though earlier we talked about getting our focus off of ourselves and onto others, it is good to have a balance. We have to take care of ourselves in order to be strong enough and rested enough to take care of our families

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#34 - Happy Holidays Regardless - Part 3

Christmas would be so much fun if it just wasn’t so stressful! And this year perhaps it’s more challenging than usual! This week let’s talk about finances and other annoying things that may come up during the holidays. Even if Christmas 2020 isn’t a Hallmark Christmas, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a really memorable one. Let’s make the choice!

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#33 – Happy Holidays Regardless - Part 2

This is week 2 of our 4-video series on Holiday Tips. How to have happy holidays even when they don't look like they usually do or in any way the way we wish they would.
This week we will talk about missing our loved ones. This could be for many different reasons, some more emotional than others. We can make decisions to "not do Christmas" like I did the first year or decide to find a way to have a happy Christmas regardless.

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#32 - Happy Holidays Regardless - Part 1

Many of our holidays will look a lot different this year and we can be sad or we can be sad and glad at the same time. Our next 4 Sundays we will look at Holiday tips and some things to think about as we try to make this year be our best year ever, or at least a year full of love and joy and, yes, some fun also.