I’m having a really hard time coming up with something to write about this month. I think I’ve started and restarted this blog about 9 times over the past several days and I can’t seem to land on anything that feels relevant and relatable. It doesn’t feel right to stay silent about […]
Central Oregon’s Kelly Jenkins talks about living with a stress-related chronic illness
There are a lot of things to like about Kelly Jenkins. She’s smart, kind, hard-working and an overall lovely person. As a 34-year-old who lives with Ulcerative Colitis (UC), an autoimmune disease directly tied to high stress levels, she’s become an […]
Last week, I started writing a list of things that are not serving me right now and decided to make a plan to chip away at them. It wasn’t a long list, but it was a good exercise. You should try it. Three of the big “non servers” that came up for […]
Last month, my husband Mark ordered a chess set. He was inspired to start playing again after we watched The Queen’s Gambit, a great Netflix series based on the life of chess prodigy Beth Harmon. We generally are not “game people”. In fact, we’ve been known to roll our eyes when friends […]
By Linda Quon
Brian Carmack lives a full and busy life. As a husband, father of 9 children, graduate student and lead pastor of Eastside Foursquare Church in Prineville, he talks openly about the joys and stresses that come with following your passions.
With five biological and four adopted children, Carmack and his wife […]
I’ve been #$%@*&! like a sailor.
I don’t know if sailors really swear more than the rest of us, but lately I’ve been swearing up a storm. Now, when I say more than usual, that means a lot. My close friends know that I’m not shy about dropping a therapeutic F-bomb on occasion. It […]
For a while now I’ve been writing blogs for Mind Your Mind Central Oregon and they’ve been from my perspective. I feel honored to have the opportunity to share my personal experiences and wonderings with you. At the same time, I’m just one voice from our tri-county area. Our Mind Your Mind Central Oregon team — which includes public health […]
They say that the most important meal of the day is breakfast. It gives your body the fuel it needs to start the day right. So it seems to make sense that the most important “mental meal” is first thing in the morning. My “mental breakfast ritual” helps me mind my mind […]
I know it’s hard to talk about minding our minds when it feels like the world is falling apart around us. The loss and heartbreak of the wildfires in Oregon (and California and Washington) are devastating our families, friends and neighbors in surrounding communities. It’s feeling impossible to process this disaster on […]
Lately I’ve been feeling like a hypocrite. For all of my writing about the importance of talking to others about depression and anxiety, I’m struggling to be a compassionate listener. Someone close to me has been living with significant anxiety and depression for more than two years. I started out in mostly the right place. I was listening, offering compassion […]