Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

The first thing that you should notice from my title is that I didn’t use the common phrase of “let your light shine”.

While I do believe that there are certainly times when it is important to play a passive role, I am passionate about the active part that we can play in the lives of those that we have been entrusted with.

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Life is Messy!

Life is Messy!

I would imagine that most of us have or had a vision for what they would like their life to be like.

Some of us are at the beginning of creating our masterpiece, with this beautiful blank canvas staring back at us and no clue where to begin. Some are right in the middle with a hodgepodge of colors, shapes and textures, full of potential yet still difficult to identify the outcome. Others have already thrown their canvas in the trash, disappointed with how the picture turned out and not sure whether they have the vision, hope or energy to begin again. And last but not least, there are some individuals who are thrilled with their final creation and have hung it carefully on the wall for others to admire. I was trying to determine which stage I was at when it occurred to me that I was actually at all of the stages above. Read More »

Suicide: A Mother’s Perspective

Suicide: A Mother’s Perspective

As a Healthcare Professional, you may not know what to say to a family that is grieving. Or even in many cases, what not to say.

On June 15, 2015, listen to one Mother’s perspective on how the medical profession can make an impact with families and survivors of suicide. Presented by LeAnn Hull from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Please see the flyer below for additional details.

Jefferson Preparatory High School

Jefferson Preparatory High School

Great opportunity to share our “You Matter” message with Jefferson Prep high schoolers today! Students, parents and teachers all in attendance! Thanks to the Mindfulness First team and TeenLife for helping me facilitate this event!

 

 

By the Numbers: How Planning Can Reduce the Cost of Military Suicide

By the Numbers: How Planning Can Reduce the Cost of Military Suicide

As published on financial-planning.com, 11/10/14
Image and PDF courtesy of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Financial stress is a leading factor in military suicide, as Financial Planning has reported. As America observes Veterans Day, consider the following statistics on the human and financial cost of service members who take their own lives.

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How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

How to Help a Grieving Friend: 11 Things to Do When You’re Not Sure What to Do

by Megan Devine 

Licensed clinical counselor, writer and grief advocate (as published in Huffington Post, 11/25/13)

I’ve been a therapist for more than 10 years. I worked in social services for the decade before that. I knew grief. I knew how to handle it in myself, and how to attend to it in others. When my partner drowned on a sunny day in 2009, I learned there was a lot more to grief than I’d known.

Many people truly want to help a friend or family member who is experiencing a severe loss. Words often fail us at times like these, leaving us stammering for the right thing to say. Some people are so afraid to say or do the wrong thing, they choose to do nothing at all. Doing nothing at all is certainly an option, but it’s not often a good one. Read More »

What Makes Community

What Makes Community

Until recently, I was privileged to grow up and raise my family in the same town for fifty four years. To a certain extent, that naturally gives you the opportunity to build friendships and community. Most of us had/have friendships from the schools, churches or neighborhoods that we grew up in. Even if you moved around a lot, you probably still built some bonds along the way. Those ties that we form are sometimes much stronger than the family that you were given or born into. Friendships are choices and not obligations. Read More »

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

With every person comes a story and the opportunity for new beginnings.  This is definitely one of those times for me as my life has been turned upside down! I was born and raised during the sixties in Phoenix, where it still felt like a small town even though it was growing rapidly. Listening for the Ice Cream Man every evening and shooting chinaberries with my sling shot were common events. Climbing on my bike and riding to the baseball field where we slurped on slushies’ and just hung out until the sun faded and the smell of orange blossoms permeated our very thoughts was just part of summertime. Life was very carefree for me growing up. Of course there were challenges but in retrospect, they were minor compared to what lie ahead for me!   Read More »

The Little Things That Matter

The Little Things That Matter

By LeAnn Hull; Printed in the Glendale Star, February 2015

LeAnn Hull

C.E.O. LeAnn Hull, Founder

Every day brings a new barrage of information and happenings in our world. Often times I find that there is just too much data to process on a daily basis, which can lead me to being overly anxious, depressed or just plain discouraged. Lately, I have made a conscious effort to minimize my exposure to the news on the TV, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Now that’s not to say that I am advocating putting your head in the sand, I am merely stating that I needed a larger space for other input to flow into my life. Hopefully, you have heard me speak on the importance of getting involved in community and political activities if you wish to make a difference, which would require some degree of current and accurate information on the world affairs. So how do we manage this? What can one little person do to make a difference? Read More »

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Wow, so excited!! My first article was published in The Dickinson Press newspaper!! This is the first of my new weekly column!