Spring Has Sprung 2016 Style!

I have been hearing so much excitement from everyone around me lately; 2016 is starting off in such a powerful way!  New business ventures, huge shifts in career paths, big moves, different cities, travel plans, focused visions, and a shedding of everything that had once been a barrier turned into dreams manifest!  

As we celebrate the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, mother nature reminds us that after the darkness comes the light ... always. It is a beautiful reflection of the cycles that we too experience, showing us that it is quite alright to spend a period in shadow and reflection only to spring forth into a web of renewal, bold color, and abundance galore.  The beauty of this life is the we are not limited to who we have become, rather we are fluid, ever-changing, and free to take a new path whenever we choose and indeed the roads are endless!

I too have been slightly dormant and planting big dreams of my own and I am so excited to share with you that Lessons For My Daughters is coming to a college campus near you, Spring 2016!  I am debuting two new workshops; one is called Project Happiness for children and another on the topic of self-development for adults through the continuing education program at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York.

It truly is a gift to know what your purpose in life is, but it is quite another blessing when those around you see the value in your vision as well and support you in bringing your ideas to life.  A big thank you to Ms. Karolina Rasa, Director of Continuing Education programs at KBCC for allowing me to serve as a faculty member this spring!  Looking forward to seeing where this road leads!  If you want more information feel free to contact me or check out www.kbcc.cuny.edu/continuinged for details.

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Mindfulness Grows in Brooklyn

Lessons For My Daughters was originally intended as an empowerment workshop for young women and girls, but when I was approached by my fellow colleauge and long time friend to host a professional development workshop on the topic of social emotional growth I could not pass on the opportunity.  Lori McLoughlin, fellow speech-language pathologist and Brooklyn College alumni is a supervisor for School District 22 in Brooklyn within the New York City Deparment of Education. Overseeing over 85 speech teachers,  it was truly an honor to be invited to host the event.  It is a blessing every day to be able to reach our future through the children I engage with and this was a wonderful way for me to have an even greater influence.  To speak to a group of educators was a new experience for me that proved to be valuable to both myself and the audience.  I received such positive feedback from teachers and administration alike.  

For a few hours we put ourselves in the position of our students.  At times we need to be reminded that there is no separation between educator and child, we are all human on a journey, and learning always occurs both ways.  It is also good to remember that life does not exist in a bubble.  The children we service have lives outside of school that they bring with them each time they step into our therapy sessions.  Be relatable and share.  As speech language-pathologists, we have the unique opportunity to connect with our students in a more intimate way due to the small student to teacher ratio.  

Throughout the day we learned to recognize how conflicts and obstacles can be easily resolved simply by focusing on what actually happened as separate from the ideas we create about these situations that are often times entirely made up!  The importance of realizing our feelings are our own and therefore controlled by you, put teachers in a state of empowerment that they will gladly pass on to their students.  Staying present and being mindful are also great strategies we discussed to bring awareness and attention to what is occuring in the now moment, allowing our students to have an increased focus on the task at hand.  Wrapping the afternoon up with a meditation leading us all through a lush autumn forest allowed for an energized and peaceful way to continue on with the rest of the day.

 We all have the power to affect change, in fact you do so every day but it is how and what you change that is up to you!

Photo:  Andries Hudde Junior High School - Brooklyn, New York