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Are you letting your errors carry too much weight?

As we all breathe a sigh of relief now that the sun is shining and the spring weather is beginning to welcome us out of the long winter, Ohioans are prone to being a bit overzealous in our initial forays outside.

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Is your stress actually rooted in fear?

A few weeks ago, I read a post on Instagram posted by a pastor who used to speak at the church camp I grew up attending. She posted about how, for years, she had mislabeled “fear” as “stress.” When her shoulders were tense, when her jaw was clenched, she attributed that to the stress of her job or the impact of a recent workout, rather than naming the fear she was manifesting into her body.

As a person who struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years, the one thing I learned was that ignoring your mental health issues can be a very costly mistake in your life.

As a college senior, one of the final barriers I had to graduate was to complete student teaching in an elementary school and a high school. I was lucky to be paired with two cooperating teachers who were truly incredible at their jobs. Each was seasoned in their careers and had taken their music students to exceptional levels of accomplishment. But, their personalities couldn’t have differed more. One was high strung and anxious, the other was positively tranquil. 

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Worrying isn't helping you or protecting you. Now's the time to break free.

As we dip our toes into the very beginning of summer, my two older daughters are getting pretty steady on their bikes, and our short driveway feels limiting to them. So, I extended the boundary and have begun to allow them to ride their bike to the corner and back, and their delight is palpable.