Leading, Advocating, Pathfinding

Want to meet some great people who make up the human face and fabric of rural life? Then I can recommend going on the road and heading out of the metro area with your “work’ hat on. Over the past 18 months I have had the pleasure of doing exactly that, visiting several towns andContinue reading “Leading, Advocating, Pathfinding”

Compassion – it keeps the heart of caring alive in caregiving.

A caregiving role within our family invites us into the flow of care and compassion. Perhaps we are at our best in the role when we give ourselves permission to balance the constant giving with openness to receiving some care and kindness ourselves, where-ever and whenever that shows up. Brene Brown’s research in America exploredContinue reading “Compassion – it keeps the heart of caring alive in caregiving.”

SESSION#6 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

The theme for our conversation in this Zoom session on 8th July was Creative Caring We talked about how the family carer role is an opportunity to be C R E A T I V E in so many ways. Admittedly, when super busy it may seem easier to let go of our creative hobbiesContinue reading “SESSION#6 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#5 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

The theme for conversation in our Zoom session on 1st July was Sustainable Caring…. Today we discussed whether it is important for the carer role to be sustainable and what we can do to keep it sustainable. Current definitions of sustainability usually link to global environmental care…which we found applicable to family caring too reallyContinue reading “SESSION#5 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#4 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

As promised, in our Zoom session on 24th June we got to discuss Do-able Caring. It was fascinating to hear about the variety of things we each do to support our family members who require additional care. These things relate to the strengths and the needs of the people we are each caring for.  TheContinue reading “SESSION#4 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

SESSION#3 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.

In session 3 of our conversational series we talked about Compassionate Caring.  By definition compassion is an awareness – awareness of the suffering of other people and living things around us, combined with the desire to relieve that suffering.  Being aware of suffering is not a comfortable feeling – and of course it can beContinue reading “SESSION#3 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.”

SESSION#2 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.

Our theme for this conversation on Wednesday 10 June 2020 was “The Art and Science of Caring”.  In this conversation we discussed information about how human neuroplasticity is a valuable asset for everyone including those of us in the family carer role.  We learn from our experiences and over time we can establish skills andContinue reading “SESSION#2 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”.”

SESSION#1 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation”

With the arrival of wintry June this conversational series commenced from the warmth of our own homes. In our first session we discovered that it is indeed lovely to connect from the comfort of our own homes and yet be able to talk face to face via the online Zoom app.  Our conversational theme forContinue reading “SESSION#1 – “Talking about Caring – Family Carers in Conversation””

“Balance for Better” – the 2019 theme for International Womens’ Day

Celebrating International Womens’ Day last week brought to mind the many women I know doing a multitude of amazing stuff every single day….. raising kids, supporting partners, supporting relatives with disability, tending to aging relatives, bouncing back from various crises and challenges, contributing in paid work roles, building businesses, studying to transition to other careers,Continue reading ““Balance for Better” – the 2019 theme for International Womens’ Day”

A wonderful read that sparks some wondering…

What a wonderful book we have just finished reading in our household. It came highly recommended by a friend who had read it with her kids (a shout out to you here Libby, thanks!). For me, a well written book tells a solid story, keeps me engaged and evokes my emotions.  So I was thrilledContinue reading “A wonderful read that sparks some wondering…”