A BLOG ABOUT ADVENTURES WITH CURIOSITY

Welcome to my vulnerability project, Little Miss Curious: a blog about adventures with curiosity. I’ll be sharing about what I’m learning about being a human, a business owner, a creative person, a professional, a seeker of the divine, and whatever else curiosity has in mind. You’ll find out about all kinds of helpful and interesting resources for information, practices for personal development and things that will make you say "huh?". I hope you’ll continue to join me on my adventures as I follow curiosity. Maybe you’ll be inspired to go on an adventure with her, too.

Inward and Onward, Rachel

 

Stress: The choice is yours...
Friday, November 03, 2017
Stress: The choice is yours...

My father, a road construction business owner and father of seven, has many times said to me “stress is a choice.” Often his nugget of wisdom came through the other end of the phone after I had found myself getting caught up in the responsibilities of to-dos, comparing myself to other’s version of success, or spinning in emotions which left me in foul moods or too exhausted to think clearly. I smile and laugh just remembering the utterance of this now familiar phrase with it’s predicable arrival. I have often wanted to disagree with him or ignore what he was trying to tell me. Yet, here I am writing about stress as a choice? I imagine you’re expecting me to say ...

Overcoming Pain
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Stress: The choice is yours...

Overcoming Pain The older I get, the more compassion I have for folks living with pain. I am not intending to minimize the experience of those living with severe and chronic pain or pretend I can come close to fully grasping those realities. While I error every day, I try very hard not to get caught in assuming another person’s experience. Yet, my body is shifting with age and with that comes more frequent pain and unfamiliar oddities arising. Not to mention the body transformation during pregnancy and the anticipatory pain related to the birthing process. My pain events got me curious about the causes of pain, what keeps us stuck in pain and what maximizes resilience around the ...

Too Much! Too Fast!
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Stress: The choice is yours...

I got invited to be a guest writer for the Healthy Relationships Initiative Blog. What an honor! Families and communities can do amazing things! Too Much! Too Fast! There are many definitions of trauma that are used by counselors. Some are super technical and others a bit more understandable. All have their value. The definition that often makes the most sense to me and to the families and children I work with is – anything that is TOO MUCH! TOO FAST! When we have experiences that are too much too fast our body’s natural survival response system gets overwhelmed often leaving us stuck with uncomfortable or even seriously problematic symptoms. Some common ...

Big Magic!
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Stress: The choice is yours...

Yes, I confess! I believe in magic. You’re probably thinking - “WHOA, BACK AWAY” - at this point, but hang on with me here. I’m not talking the illusion of David Copperfield’s escape from Alcatraz. Instead, I’m talking about the process of combining elements to bring about a new creation – something that never existed before. Not because it didn’t want to be in creation yet, but because it couldn’t exist…yet. Quite simply, all the uniqueness of each element just had not found themselves in the same place at the same time for the same purpose. This kind of magic is amazing, profound, spiritual…indescribable in a lot of ways. ...

Guides for Self-Healing
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Stress: The choice is yours...

Explaining the process of Somatic Experiencing (SE) as a therapeutic modality to inquirers, clients and colleagues has proved to be a challenge. I really believe in the gentle yet transformative process of this body based approach - because of my own healing journey and by being a witness to clients who work with me. Regrettably, clients have reported having difficulties explaining their change process as well. The Triune Brain Theory enlightens us on the three primary parts to our brain. The neo cortex is responsible for our thinking and reasoning and uses the language of words. The limbic system is home to our emotions and uses the language of “feelings.” Finally, there ...