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My Chiropractor Doesn’t Read The News, And Things We Can Control

Hey, Friend!

If you have filled out the survey I sent out last week - thank you! I’m sending you a hug. :) So happy to know that we are on the same page in terms of what to cover - from managing the symptoms to making changes to your diet and movement in a way that’s supportive, rather than oppressive.

If you haven’t filled it out, because um.. You are on a work deadline, or you are holding a baby 24-7, or you are overwhelmed with the news, and what-survey? - I’m sending you a hug also.

Speaking of the news…

“You’ve seen the recent headlines, doc?”, I ask my chiropractor.

He shakes his head: “I don’t read that stuff”.

Did he actually say “stuff”?


No, he did not.

You see I don’t read “that stuff” either - I stopped somewhere between the second and eleventeenth lockdown in Ontario, when things were just so up and down, that I. Just. Could. Not.

Except, lucky for my chiropractor, his mom is probably not leaving him up to date headline summaries in Whatsapp voice notes. Mine does. Things are not great in my oh-so-twisted motherland - as the Russian-Bear-Voldermort has most recently announced mobilizing the reserves - which means any able bodied male aged 18 to 60 can potentially be conscripted into the army. I have avoided calling back home for two weeks after the initial headline, because I am a coward. Or because I am a flawed human, who resorts to avoidance sometimes as a coping mechanism. Or both.

You know?

I finally called grandma this week.

Everyone is scared.

All boy moms are terrified of getting that phone call.

And I am here in Canada, reciting the Serenity prayer yet again with my very-atheist-lips, trying to focus on the things I can control and accept the things I cannot.

One thing I can control is my own behavior. I almost typed “my own mental health”, but that’s not entirely within my control, obvs. Buuutttt, the behaviors, the things I do, the words I type with this very keyboard - those are within my control.

Supporting others - in my personal life, in my coaching work - that’s also within my control. Supporting others is within my control. That’s what I tell myself, as we approach the launch of Operation Tigger, and I am trying to reconcile feeling excited, AND feeling numb.

THIS I can do.

THIS I know how to do.

I can help you to have a winter that does NOT suck.

I know that managing winter when you really struggle in the winter goes wayyy beyond “dressing for the weather” and “positive mindset”. [Tell me who the last person was who told you to have a positive mindset, so I can punch them for you.]

I have been managing seasonal affective disorder for the last ten years.

I have been running this group coaching program for the last three years.

This year I will support a group of folks like myself, as we winterize the shit out of our behaviors, habits, days, diets and workout regimes.

Is this you this month? This year?

If so, I’ll be opening doors to this small group on Tuesday, October 25th.

This will be the comfiest, softest, supportiest, high-touchiest iteration of this group coaching program yet.

If it’s not you or FOR you, I’ll be here for you in a different way, continuing to write you letters about braiding my children’s hair, and “not-reading-the-news”.

Goodness, what a weird “marketing email”, amirite?

I find all of this human messiness incredibly inconvenient.




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