Each month I post an update called Tuning In on what I'm up to and content I would like to share with you. Most of the links on this post are informational, but a few are affiliate links to help maintain this website.
Instead of making New Year's resolutions, I choose a word to represent an intention for the coming year. In 2023, my word was "roots." At the beginning of the third year of a global pandemic, I was feeling very disconnected from myself, routine, and the people in my life. After a year of haphazardly exploring roots, I have developed little baby roots, just below the ground. Nevertheless, I will choose a new word for 2024 and see where it takes me.
In the Chinese horoscope, 2024 is the The Year of the Dragon. Scooter's veterinary acupuncturists sent us this message in an email:
"Year of the Wood Dragon 2024 symbolizes energy, renewal, inspiration,
and innovation in everything you do. It's a great year to start new
projects, explore new possibilities, and create value for yourself and
others. You have the potential to achieve your dreams and make a
positive impact in 2024."
Inspired by the dragon, 2024 will be the year of "momentum." Last year in January, I wrote "First roots, then wings." In 2024, I'm ready for my wings.
What is your intention for 2024?
What I'm Reading Related for Therapy: No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard Schwartz, PhD
"Is there just one 'you'? We've been taught to believe we have a single identity, and to feel fear or shame when we can’t control the inner voices that don't match the ideal of who we think we should be. Yet Dr. Richard Schwartz's research now challenges this 'mono-mind' theory. 'All of us are born with many sub-minds--or parts,' says Dr. Schwartz. 'These parts are not imaginary or symbolic. They are individuals who exist as an internal family within us--and the key to health and happiness is to honor, understand, and love every part.'"
What I'm Reading for Fun: Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister
"Can you stop a murder after it's already happened?
It is midnight on the morning of Halloween, and Jen anxiously waits up for her 18-year-old son, Todd, to return home. But worries about his broken curfew transform into something much more dangerous when Todd finally emerges from the darkness. As Jen watches through the window, she sees her funny, seemingly happy teenage son stab a total stranger."
(I'm a proud member of the sloth reading club, so what I'm reading will not always change monthly)
Encouragement: There is no "worthiness if..." or "worthiness when..."—there is simply inherent worthiness. Period. Full stop.
Quote: "In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act." - Caroline Caldwell
I'm Kerry (She/Her/Hers) and I am a licensed therapist, group facilitator, poet, writer, & speaker. This is a place to acknowledge and validate our suffering and trauma, while also learning how to turn toward aliveness and spaciousness.