Here's the latest self care calendar!....please enjoy.
Happy November folks! Another great October has gone by and time for the beginning of cold and snow. The scenery, as I travel, continues to be amazing and breathtaking. I love to see the snow on the trees and feel the crisp air. The only worry that I have tend to be the road conditions but traveling in the day helps. For this month I wish you great days of laughter and love. You are important and you matter.
Here's the latest self care calendar!....please enjoy.
I love making vision or visualization boards. I enjoy looking at and reminding myself about my plans or goals. I started making vision boards several years ago and have found them so helpful. My vision board reflects what my intentions are and what I would like to see happen in my world. The boards change from year to year, and that's good. Our goals and purpose in life should not remain exactly the same. Flexibility and new learning in life are absolutely necessary.
The pictures below are some examples that I found on Pinterest, there are tons more on that site if you are looking for examples of what your vision board could look like. I hope you decide to give it a try and see how it works for you. 2018 is just around the corner...might be time to start thinking about your goals for the year.
These messages can be so inspirational and uplifting. One option that I like when thinking about your vision and ideas is to create a beautiful binder which holds your vision, etc. This is portable and can go with you or be tucked away when you need privacy.
I have also used this idea when working with women's groups or at a gathering of friends. Let me know if you decide to give the vision board/binder idea a try, you could even share in the comments section. I would love to hear from you!
Have a great week.
October is one of my favorite months. For one thing, it falls on the best day, Halloween. I have always loved Halloween. I remember going out with my brothers and sisters with painted faces and a pillow case and running through the small community I live in and try to get as much candy as I can. My brothers and other boys used to push down the outhouses...lol. They were the talk of the town the next day. We would sometimes have to fight, with some other boys who showed up, so they wouldn't steal our candy. They would try to grab the pillow cases and we would swing them around and yell as loud as we could. Then we would run home. That day was fun and exciting and scary. I passed on my love of Halloween to my children and my grandchildren. My granddaughter already decorated the inside of my house!
October means beautiful fall days that smell so good. I love pumpkins and candied apples. Thanksgiving is also this month and I am already craving some turkey. This is also a sad time because this will be our first year we celebrate giving thanks without my mom being there. I don't celebrate the traditional thanksgiving because it wasn't great historically for Indigenous people in Canada but I do enjoy spending time with my family and giving thanks for our amazing life. I am going to give thanks for my mom. I love her and I miss her everyday.
I started writing ideas for self care a couple months ago. I think it's a great idea to remind us to take care of ourselves. I tried to include fun things that everyone could enjoy. You can save it on my facebook page "aspenroadresources-priscilla lalonde".
I started working with FCSS Slave Lake to co-facilitate "Anger Education" groups. I attended the facilitator's training along with a wonderful group of people who are interested in providing anger education. They have both women and men's groups happening each week for ten weeks. I wanted to share this information with you in case you know someone who might be interested in attending. The groups will begin again in January, 2018. There is time to call, ask questions and/or register for this next group coming up. The contact information is on the poster or you can e-mail me to find out more about referring someone to the groups. Thanks!
September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day.
I light a candle every year for those that have died by suicide. I also reflect on survivors and what we do to deal with the grief of our losses.
Suicide bereavement can be so difficult because the person had made that decision to walk out of their journey in life. The people who are grieving this loss are no longer the same. When someone you love dies by suicide, we as survivors are changed forever, sometimes in a negative way. That concerns us all. The pain can be so intense we could become at risk ourselves.
This is what I learned from the Elders. When we are born, we are given all the gifts we will ever need for our journey through this life. We walk the medicine wheel first as babies, then youth, adults and finally Elders. We are meant to walk this journey looking to the end of our lives in a good way. When we pass on, we go back to the Creator.
When we become Elders we pass on our knowledge and experience to those who need it. Our younger generation. Gifts freely given.
Suicide happened very rarely prior to colonization. There were altruistic suicides, where a person might give up their lives so other's might survive, but for the most part, they were rare. We had tons of coping skills and supports in our communities. We worked hard to survive.
When a person chooses to walk out of their intended journey, dying by suicide, they continue to stay in this world, unseen, until their intended or destined time to die. They are not punished, they wait for their time to join the Creator.
We can pray and attend ceremonies to help ease the spirit until it is their time to join the Creator. This helps the survivor to deal with their pain of loss.
When I heard this several times by respected Elders, it helped me to understand my role as a survivor.
In our Indigenous history, had many ways and opportunities to grieve our loss experiences. Right from the time we are babies and youth, we learned from our Elders.
So I think about life lessons and what I wished I had known. My parents were struggling to deal with their own trauma from residential schools so not much was said to us. We are products of our environment until we change it.
Here's some lessons that might have helped, I hope to pass these and other's on to those who might listen.
This week we had our spring storm, it snowed and snowed and snowed. It was so great, we stayed inside most of the time Netflixing, playing games and enjoying the break.
I was driving home from one of my many travels and noticed it was almost 9pm and it was still light outside. I love the longer days and soon the greenery that will suddenly appear. Spring brings with it the beginnings of light and growth into this world. So very grateful.
Love this cartoon......
My colleagues and friends, Collete Elko and Verna Wittigo, work in Health Promotion in High Prairie, Alberta. The week of May 1st-5th, 2017 is Mental Health Week. They are planning some sessions for that week and invited me to participate. I am so looking forward to this. I will be presenting a new workshop I developed called Health, Hope and Healing. It is about Mental Health but from a positive perspective. This is about what helps a person and the strategies that might be beneficial.
I am working on some positive workshops and I am pleased to say that this will be one of them. Once I have piloted this workshop a couple of times. I will be offering to the public on a regular basis...yay!
CMHA-Edmonton Region has some workshops that I will be facilitating this spring. The first, in a series of three, is a workshop called Little Cub. If you work with Indigenous children, this is the workshop for you. Please go to the CMHA Edmonton Region website to register. Thanks!!
Little Cub is a 1-day, discussion-based workshop examining suicide prevention in Indigenous children and communities.
The Little Cub Workshop draws heavily on storytelling and oral tradition. It begins by recognizing the unique precipitating factors of suicide in Indigenous communities and moves through to identifying risk and protective factors in children 12 years of age and younger. The workshop finishes by empowering participants with knowledge and tools to transfer the care of a child at risk of suicide to a community-based resource person.
It is recommended that participants of this workshop also attend the 2-day ASIST workshop for skills-based suicide intervention training.
Workshop Topics include:
This workshop provides information and offers practical approaches for those working with Indigenous children who may be at risk of suicide. The precipitating factors of suicide are different in Indigenous communities than in the general population.
Information provided is appropriate for beginner and intermediate social work practice.
All participants will receive a participation certificate upon completing 7 hours of instruction.
April 18, 2017, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
$175.00 per person
I found this article "10 mindsets that will help you become successful" by Ludovica Tronci and it makes great sense to me. I believe the way we see ourselves and our ability to cope in a healthy way makes all the difference. I hope they make sense to you too....enjoy.
1. Take Risks
No one succeeds by just staying cozy in their own comfort zone. Be brave, stand up for what you believe in and take risks when you need to.
2. Set Your Goals And Act With A Purpose
Once you know what the ending result is and what you’re working for, remember to always act with a purpose. Once you have a clear vision of your goals it is easier to stay focused.
3. Choose Courage
Always choose courage over fear. You don’t know what you’re really capable of if you constantly refrain yourself and set your own boundaries.
4. Don’t Mind The Others
Everybody is walking their own path at their own pace. Don’t think about what the others are achieving, and why they’re achieving it earlier than you. Focus on yourself instead and put all your determination into your project.
5. Choose Good Company
Surround yourself with successful and ambitious people that share your same mindsets. They can only lift you higher.
6. Don’t Panic
No one truly knows what they’re capable of, nonetheless, they try and give it a shot. No one really knows their ceiling so if you think you’ve set the bar too high, don’t panic about it but instead prove everyone (yourself included) wrong.
7. Do The Right Thing
Success is not really about doing every single thing right but instead, it’s about doing the right thing. Choose an area of focus, work hard on getting results and don’t think about the rest. Not everything has to be perfect.
8. Fake It ‘Til You Make It
Confidence is always a good choice. Be proud of your choices, think big and one-day success will knock on your door. But first, you have to believe in what you’re doing.
9. Choose What Matters To You
Success requires dedication so once you’ve set your goals, dedicate to them all the time needed. It’s certainly not going to be easy at the beginning and you will have to make sacrifices but it will all be worth it.
10. Be Grateful
Gratitude is what will bring you far in life. When you’re upset and are not achieving a result, look back at your past and think about all you’ve done to be in the position that you’re in. Be positive, proud of your choices and grateful.
Hello my dear friends,
It's been so, so long since I have posted on my adventure blog. I have been away on a personal journey of grief and loss but now I am back! I'm feeling better, still have moments of grief but they are normal and part of learning to integrate those losses. I thank those of you who have been here with me supporting and lending a listening ear.
What else have I been doing you ask. I have been working on delivering workshops and creating more…yay!
CMHA Edmonton Region has scheduled their dates for the 2017 ASIST and ASIST Tune-up Workshops. They have added one workshop each on Tattered Teddies, Little Cub and Walk With Me. I am thrilled that they want to give these workshops a chance to grow in the Edmonton area. I sincerely hope we have many participants interested in attending these valuable sessions.
I now have a three day "Traditional Parenting Workshop" This workshop examines the way we have incorporated our traditional and historical beliefs, how we have been affected by colonization and what are some parenting ways we have continued to hold on to.
On-going development of various social issues sessions such as anger management and family violence.
Traveling across Alberta and parts of Canada has been an extraordinary experience for me. I have been blessed and am so grateful for my experiences.
Well that's it for now. I am going to attempt to blog every week so look for me on Mondays.
Thanks and please comment. I would love to hear from you. Sometimes I feel like saying "Is there anyone out there?"…have a wonderful week.
I enjoy my work in human services, I like traveling and meeting amazing people.