WordCamp 2017

WORDCAMP 2017 

Seattle WordCamp 2017 is November 4 and 5, hosted at the Seattle Convention Center. 

You may be wondering, “What does a two-day convention about using WordPress have to do with my counseling needs?”

Actually, you may be surprised.

After gathering feedback from my clients over the past 17 years of being a private practice licensed counselor, you all have made it loud and clear that having relevant and recent information on this website is one of the main reasons you chose me as a counselor to help you, your family, or a colleague.

While you might have come across my Psychology Today profile, it was looking at my website and knowing that I updated my schedule and wrote personal blog posts that helped you feel that I was someone you could trust, and someone you could talk to.

As my new website for  MyAllergyAdvocate.com gets ready to launch in January 2018, I was not surprised that designer Natalie McGuire has helped many companies just like mine operate smoothly on the WordPress hosting platform. I enjoy the ease of use, beautiful features, affordable options, and accessibility that WordPress has created, and I’m proud to say that Seattle Direct Counseling has been on the WordPress platform since 2009.

That being said, owning and maintaining this website is a labor of love. If you see something out of place, a feature that isn’t working quite right, or a glaring error, please feel free to point it out. I go under the hood and fix small errors myself, and I report the big errors to WP directly.

If you are in the greater Seattle area and have an interest in blogging or owning a small business on WordPress, I invite you to check out WordCamp. It’s a friendly, casual community with lots of support for newcomers as well as deep-dive options for developers and established business owners. Whether you are new to microblogging or a long-time user of e-commerce for business, WordCamp has something for everyone, and is a great weekend for networking with likeminded people.

For more information about WordCamp in Seattle, please click here.

 

    Adapting To The Unexpected

    If I had run here instead of on a trail closer to home, I wouldn’t have an infected dog bite. Life’s unexpected moments happen. Are you prepared to handle them? Photo credit: Imei Hsu, iPhone 7 Plus

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Emergencies | Unexpected Events | Assessment |Anxiety

    The morning sunlight hit the red-tinged leaves that signal Fall’s inevitable approach. Trail running along one of the paths nearby my home, I listened to the sound of my footfalls and my breath cycle, deeply immersed in the joy of running.

    After the first fifteen minutes or so,  the effort of running changes from the initial discomfort of ramping up the pace from a standstill to the zen-like quality of meditation in motion.  Running has often been a place of solace and rejuvenation for me, a place to deposit myself before I return to the real world: responding to crisis and employing my skills and attention to the privilege of helping others.

    As I began to run up a short embankment with a neighborhood access point to a street, I passed a dog owner walking three dogs. As it is my custom, if a dog is not on a tight leash, I give dogs a very wide berth to avoid startling them or giving them reason to attack. As I moved far to the right of the owner and the dogs, the dog furthest on the dog owner’s right lunged towards the back of my leg and bit me.

    After the owner saw blood running down my leg, the dog owner asked if I needed her help: a ride home, bandages, etc. My first response was to tell her I would just walk home, that I was “OK” but it hurt, that I only had five more miles to go.

    But that was ridiculous. The wounds  gaped, the torn fascia hung outside of the broken skin, blood was filling my shoe, and the pain was so bad that tears were involuntarily shedding and rolling down my face. I sat down on a rock nearby, and then told the dog owner that I needed a ride home to pick up my car and my ID for the Urgent Care facility nearest to me.

    I needed  help. And I needed to be flexible to handle the very real emergency that had just occurred.

    Does this sound familiar to you? Do you find if difficult to ask for and receive help, even when it is clearly needed? Do you find yourself frozen or rigid, trying to keep to a schedule or a plan instead of adapting to the circumstances you find yourself in during an unexpected moment.

    Read on for what you can do when you encounter the unexpected. Continue reading “Adapting To The Unexpected”

      How To Get The Most Of Your Vacation

      How To Get the Most Of Your Vacation

      Vacation | Relaxation | Rejuvination | Goals

      In order to have this moment (putting your feet up at the beach), take a moment before that vacation to consider how to make the best of your vacation time.

      With late August being a traditional time for families to take vacation before the kids go back to school, and with Labor Day weekend right on its heels, many people are preparing for a vacation from work and the normal hustle and bustle of everyday life at home and work.

      The reality of that preparation to leave town includes a dozen or more details: flights and driving routes, pet sitters, projects to finish or temporarily hand off at work, meetings to attend to make sure the details don’t get dropped, school supplies purchased then prepped for the first day of school, and packing lists for all the things needed for that one week or more of time off.

      It’s enough to make it feel like vacation could not come sooner. But if it did, would you be too exhausted to enjoy it?

      Let’s take a moment to think about how to get the most out of your vacation. And the answers you come up with — what? You think I know what only YOU know  you need??? — will probably surprise you.

      Continue reading “How To Get The Most Of Your Vacation”