I don’t know what to say today

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 […]

By |January 19th, 2021|MYM Blog|

What stress can do to our bodies

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 […]

By |December 30th, 2020|MYM Blog|

The Queen’s Mindful Gambit

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 |November 30th, 2020|MYM Blog|

Minding My Mouth

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 […]

By |October 26th, 2020|MYM Blog|

My Mental Breakfast Ritual

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 […]

By |September 23rd, 2020|MYM Blog|

Finding resilience when we’re tapped out

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 […]

By |September 14th, 2020|MYM Blog|

Sometimes minding our minds feels selfish…and it’s really not

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 […]

By |August 20th, 2020|MYM Blog|