Lessons from the Mountain

Every day, as I lift the blinds and let in the new day, I look west toward the mountain visible from our deck. Most mornings, she greets me in her full glory. Some mornings she is obscured by clouds, and I wonder where she is.

Today, however, she had a rim of clouds skirting around her base, and her top was peeking out, clearly visible and slightly pink from the morning sun that lit her up.

I paused to take in her sight and reflected on her magnificent ability to stand steady even as several different weather patterns exist from…


You Matter. You Are Loved.

Stress and anxiety seem to be two uninvited guests that keep showing up to our life events every day.

Learning how to influence the energy in the room instead of adapting to it is critical to our well-being.

There are many simple techniques that can help you to self-soothe when you don’t feel ok.

Calming your mind with scent and touch:

  • Start your day with a body wash infused with peppermint or tea tree: These scents can give your vibe a lift.
  • Light a candle: A calming flame from a soy candle scented with lavender, rose, or ylang-ylang can help to ease…

CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

How This Moment Broke Me and Let In Some Light.

The day we took Ridley to the vet was one of my first breaking points.

Once again, I was exhausted. I dropped into bed, and my head hit the pillow. I was sure I’d fall into a deep slumber right away. Like many nights, however, this did not happen.

It would start as a pit in my stomach and slowly work it’s way up to my heart. I couldn’t always name it, but it was one of my constant companions back then.


CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

Life is a long run. Make sure you prepare.

Hindsight is a superhero and provides incredible insight. There is another superpower hindsight possesses that sometimes is ignored. You may have heard the phrase, “Sharing is caring.” Passing down lessons learned from your hindsight is one of the most precious gifts we can give someone.

When I was in my early 40’s, I suffered a significant bout of burnout. From the outside looking in, I had it all under control. But due to years of neglect, I was slowly dying on the inside.

Starting in high school, I understood that I…


How taking care of your smile helps take care of your immune system.

Your health is one of the most important things you own. Cultivating a robust immune system is one of the best ways to promote good health, happiness, and balanced life.

We are all vulnerable to viruses and bacteria, but when your body defenses are weak and depleted, you are at much higher risk! Did you know you can give your immune system a simple tune-up at home?

A simple at-home immune system tune-up consists of:

  1. Getting enough good quality sleep.
  2. Moving your body with exercise.
  3. Promoting gut health with a diet full of plants.
  4. Being mindful with meditation or praying.

CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

One simple technique that erased years of discomfort!

Lunch ruined most of my days for years.

Let me paint you a picture of my typical workday so I can illustrate how.

I was a practicing dentist for over 22 years. Once the day started, you could find me skating between performing dental procedures in my own two rooms and moving in and out of exams for the hygiene patients.

Even if everything went smooth as melted butter on a fresh piece of corn on the cob, it was still a stressful environment, and I would most certainly be operating in…


CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

The lost art of downtime and how it’s destroying our self-awareness.

For my birthday this year, I told my family I wanted to go on a good old fashioned hike together.

We decided on a familiar hike we had done before and set a time to meet. Once we arrived we noticed a big metal gate with 3 thick chains padlocked together blocking the road to the trailhead.

Normally, one of us would have pulled up a map on our phone so we could re-route ourselves to an alternative option.

However, there was no cell service where we were and…


CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

Use These 5 Tips to Turn Any Failure Into Fuel For Success

The mindset shift came to me in a conversation with my daughter about soccer. I had noticed something happen during her last few games. She would head out onto the field at the start of the game fired up and turn on the heat. Then, one missed pass or one bad touch and she would shut down.

In a moment of parental clarity (which is a blessing when it happens!) I suggested she be grateful for these events and think of every challenging moment as fuel in her…


CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

How to insert more calm into the craziness of Coronavirus.

We are waking up to a new reality every day as the story of Coronavirus evolves. It can be difficult for us to remain calm and easy to feel as if life is spinning out of control. I have been searching for ways to keep my inner peace during the day and what I have found are a few simple “M” measures that help.

Miracle Morning:

Avoid starting off your day with the news. Instead, take some time to journal, pray, read a good book, play with your pet, or make a…


CREATING SMALL REVOLUTIONS OF JOY ONE DAY AT A TIME

Why You Should Include Playtime In Your Days

In the book, “The Power of Vulnerability” Brene Brown brings up the importance of play.

It’s a subset of one of her guideposts to ‘Wholehearted Living”. Number 10 is cultivating laughter, song, and dance.

Wholehearted people embrace their vulnerability and go to bed each night still knowing they are worthy of love and belonging.

In other words, they acknowledge that life isn’t always rainbows and unicorns, but they still feel joy and contentment every day!

A big piece of laughter, song, and dance is a sense of playfulness.

Play has 3 main characteristics:

1. Time spent without…

Laura Schwindt

Woman Dentist Burnout Prevention Coach. Retired dentist, mother and vegan athlete. Dedicated to helping women create more life balance.https://bit.ly/LASchwindt

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