The Effect of Trauma on our Children

I think about the neighbor’s story of the lasting effects of the flood caused by the 2001 Tropical Storm Allison. She related that her daughter was three years old at the time, and had to be evacuated in a small boat in torrential rain, in raging water, in the dark of night. 

Now, that child 16 years later is a young adult and still is afraid when it rains.

In the middle of this scenario are the children who certainly have had their lives impacted too. The children have had a loss of their home, their toys/possessions, their routine, some of their parent’s time, change of location and friends. 

I think about your friend Bobby and his 5 children (Watch video here). I cannot even begin to imagine what they are going through.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share the resources that I found concerning how to help children cope with natural disasters. I hope that the information will be useful as we interact with our families, friends, and neighbors that have been impacted with the flooding or any other disaster. Children are very resilient however it would seem that this event has left a lasting impression.

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A recap of our evening together

If you weren’t with us last week, it will be valuable to sit with this recap and enjoy the incredible insights we shared in our Empowered Women’s Circle. I invite you to grab a latte and enjoy the learning….

True and lasting self-actualization IS NOT JUST ABOUT YOU – and on some level you are already deeply aware of this – hence the reason we yearn for a sense of community and the impetus behind our Empowered Women’s Circle.

As we move up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, from food and water to co-creating our world, we realize that fulfillment is always about something bigger than ourselves. We openly share resources within our Circle so that each of us can extend our most innate gifts and talents to each other with a deep inner knowing that it is what we came to this earth to do. No one was born to live in isolation and your passions are the seeds of your potential and the parts of you that you MUST share with the world. We need you.

The realization of our hopes and dreams as women depends on our willingness to reach out, give back, be visible, think big and show up for ourselves and for others in unprecedented ways.

The Empowered Women’s Circle meets in an on-line virtual Circle WEEKLY on Thursdays at noon CT (watch your inbox for details and links) and you can join or watch the videos at your convenience anytime. The sessions, which build on each other, are all waiting for you HERE so return regularly to see what you’ve missed.

Life is busy, so we make it as easy as possible to keep yourself engaged in your own wellness journey – we get you!

We started the evening with a short, guided meditation that allowed us to step into our power as strong, capable women ready to be the best version of ourselves.

Throughout the evening, we were reminded that DAILY quiet time, like this mediation, elicits the “relaxation response” and actually changes our biology. You could try meditation, prayer, yoga, tai chi, repetitive movement like walking, jogging or just being fully present and aware of the space around you – whatever you fancy – just implement this time into your routine wherever it fits!

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Hell with Harvey

Only minutes later, my flight was officially cancelled, re-routed to Dallas and our family reunion plans were set in place.

Landing in Dallas late Friday night was bittersweet. It was wonderful to see my family, to be safe and “enjoying” a weekend away. It was terrifying to know that a category 5 Hurricane was approaching the Texas Coast.

We were glued to the weather channel.

Harvey made landfall for the first time near Rockport and Fulton, TX and proceeded to stall over southern Texas bringing record-breaking rainfall (up to 52 inches of rain) and flooding waterways to 500 year levels. My husband and I watched multiple on-line weather tracking graphs noting every inch of change in the rivers and bayous by our home with hour-to-hour updates. Our home was spared after this initial landfall and Saturday afternoon was eerily calm. We considered returning to Houston and several times discussed packing up and checking out of our Dallas hotel.

The rainfall continued, water elevations climbed, the death toll rose and we watched with bated breath as our street became a flowing river.

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Road Trips, Royalty and Reflections

Things started to get very exciting when we were led to a surprise seating behind Royalty, His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Her Highness Duchess of Cornwall at the Canada Day celebration in Ottawa. Followed by the incredible announcement of 2 new Canadian Astronauts by one of my favorite singers, Shania Twain. And topped off with an honorable mention by our Prime Minister addressing my inspiring husband, Jeremy Hansen, during his powerful speech from the Hill.

All seemed a little surreal.

And it made me think about what is "special"? What makes a person "special" or more important than another person?

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