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The Cumulative Effect of CF and VT

As I travel this current journey of mine, trying to support and educate others about compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma, I have to keep looking back.  I have to look to the times and event that lead me to here in order for me to support others.
How did I get here?  When I left my job in social services after 21 years, I was managing really well.  I was very in tune with my needs and had spent the previous 2 years putting many supports in place for myself.  So if things were better why did I still say I had CF and how come I still felt I had to leave my job?

Sometimes it just doesn't work...

I can laugh now as I write this because I am always trying to be aware of the ongoing need for self-compassion.
I am finally able to do things everyday to really take care of myself.  I do some yoga stretches (now outside in the sun!) which is a wonderful way to start the day.  I try to meditate every other day with Deepak Chopra's guided meditations.  I highly recommend you get his Wellness Meditation package.  It is 21 days discussing health and science of our bodies with a short meditation and with the most beautiful music.

Videos for you

I am going to add links here to videos that may give you some helpful info and insight.
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W723uCCQvyg Humans of New York Project, everyone has a story and everyone wants to be seen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNFR7lQr6c0 Making the Connection/Veganism

Bird Murmuration, very cool http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRNqhi2ka9k

funny and thought provoking from SoulPancake

A better start to each day.

Every day starts with us having our first conscious thoughts.  Have you paid attention to what yours are?  I have made a concerted effort in the past months to pay very close attention to what pops into my mind as I become awake.  When I started trying to remember what the first thoughts were, I noticed they were of how I didn't want to get up yet as my start was usually from an alarm.  My next thoughts were the negotiations.  "If I snooze for 10 minutes, I will do less exercise.

Happy New Year!!!

2013 is the year for lots of changes.  Of course, when you make plans, the Universe often has a different idea of what they may be!!  I am ready for some big changes and also ready for whatever the Universe may have in store.  2012 was a very interesting year and as I reflect, also a year of many changes.  Maybe every year is a year for big changes and I have never stopped long enough to reflect on that fact. 
I consider myself to be very blessed with a wonderful family and friends.

I know of what I speak...Ontario Works and Compassion Fatigue


If you have been a caseworker, clerk, supervisor, manager, employment worker in Ontario Works for more than say, 10 years, you have probably suffered one or many of the symptoms of Compassion Fatigue.  I am almost 22 years in and I have had many symptoms.
I am going to be so bold to say that if you have not suffered (or don't believe you have) one or more of the symptoms, you have probably suffered from health issues and there may be a lack of self awareness about the impact of your job on your person, and your psyche.

Soul work 2

I know there is a lot of stuff out there about doing soul work.  I have to say it is an ongoing journey for me to even try and define soul.  I struggle with a definition for spirituality.  I also know there are many, many teachers about soul work and I have read many of there books.  I love that stuff!!  I find Eckhart Tolle a little difficult for me, but I like his videos and interviews.  Same with Deepak Choprah.  I love his video about inspiration.  I also love his interview with Rainn Wilson (Dwight, from The Office).

Overwhelmed

This last month has been a real learning time for me about me.  I seem to be getting to 10 on my own CF scale quicker and more often.  Yet, I have learned so much about my triggers and tools to help me calm and refuel myself in the last year or so.  How can that be?
I have mentioned before about my righteous voice and how I have to keep it in check.  My latest discovery is my inability to suppress my opinions about injustice, inequity and intolerance.
I have an incredible support system.

1% change...

As those who have attended my workshops know, I have been trying to make a change in my diet.  I have wanted to eat less meat and many of you have given me some great suggestions, ideas, and recipes. 
I have made the leap.  I noticed one day I had not had any meat so I thought I might as well just run with it.  I have been meat free (mostly) for about 2 weeks.  I say mostly because I went to a dinner party, had completely forgotten to tell the host and thought it was just to rude not to eat what they made for us.
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