Life doesn’t happen to you. It happens for you.

I experience a rainbow of emotions as I return from my daughter’s college graduation.  Where in the world did the time go?  I swear it was just last week that she held my hand everywhere we went and called me Momma loudly and proudly.  It is such a gift to watch this precious woman spread her wings as she creates her own life.  It is a life that is uniquely hers.  I could never have imagined where her life dreams would take her.  When she was 3 she desperately wanted to be a whale keeper and that stuck until she learned that her cooking was loved by everyone around the age of 14.  She bravely followed her dream in the world of culinary nutrition.  She has lived in more places during the past 3 years than I have lived in my 45 years on the planet, and she’s just getting started.  I see the sparkle in her eyes as she embraces her friends and loved one in the area of the country where she made her home.  I am in awe of this woman who stands before me.  She is human and learning to parent herself as many of us did or still are.  The transition to adulthood is exciting, exhausting and emotionally challenging.  As it is the time in life when you must make choices for yourself.

I entered into marriage and parenthood early in my adulthood.   My pattern continues to be filled with nurturing others, taking on tasks that somehow are easier for me because of my swift actions and lack of procrastination. Due to that I struggle with boundaries to protect the precious limited resource of my energy.  There needs to be a deposit the equals the withdrawals in emotional energy for all of us.  I have a pretty deep well of energy and neglect to pay attention to the signals of limited supply that my heart and body give me.  Burn out lead me to quit life for 7 months in 2015.  Here it is 2017 and I see some signals of my well of energy getting low.  Much like my daughter learning to parent herself in her 20’s, I am learning to truly nurture myself in my 40’s.  My role as a parent has evolved into a loving adviser.  She teaches me more about life than I could ever show her.  The perfect reflection of ourselves is often times found in our children.  Thank you my darling daughter, for reminding me of all the world has to offer with regards to love, friendship and healing.  I am forever grateful that you are in my life.

The past 3 years have been filled with hearts breaking open, adventures and awakening for my daughter and I as individuals and as a team.  There is no one else I would rather experience life with than this amazing young woman!

Namaste!

Kristin Springfield

Proud Momma
Forever learning

You are stronger than you think

You are stronger than you think you are in all ways; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Yoga teacher training shows me that I am physically stronger than I give myself credit for.  My instructors have pushed my body and mind to show me what is possible.  I am working on floating to handstands.  I have not done handstands since I was a little girl.  Here I thought before that my flexibility is what helped me in yoga.  Actually, it is my muscular strength that provides opportunity for more flexibility.

Returning to treating patients in a variety of settings has shown me mental strength.  I have been in management for over a decade.  Treating patients directly for the past year requires me to return to the roots of my training.  Creativity in treatment, planning and working with teams has rejuvenated my mental strength in such a rewarding way!  I figured out how to have a silver Christmas tree up all year in order to motivate people to exercise, and the state surveyors loved it!

Emotional strength continues to expand for me.  Writing my first book, reading it and sharing with others has been filled with the complete array of emotions.  In the past rejection was a feared emotion.  Now that I have received multiple rejections from publishers, I understand that each rejection is one step closer to the right publishing partner.  Actually, every rejection has been kind in words and intent.  They are simply not the right person for my story.  The greatest part is that this experience is transferable to all aspects of my life.  I truly want people, publishers, and partners in my life that want to be there on purpose, not out of convenience.  With regards to my book, I continue to submit and keep writing the next book.

Spiritual strength for me comes with release and surrender.  Becoming a parent showed me that I have absolutely no control over life.  I can take steps to have the best outcome, yet the outcome is not guaranteed.  Now with an adult daughter that is starting her life, I realize the power in sending love to her at all times as she learns to navigate the life she desires.  I now have the privilege to assist my parents as their health changes.  It is another example of surrender.

The challenge I am presented with is taking care of me fully in all of those areas.  I am stronger than I thought in those areas, but the goal can no longer be for me to add more obstacles to handle in order to demonstrate all I can handle.  I want to honor my strength with respect, kindness and allow for recovery.  Life is hopefully a marathon, not a sprint.  In order to last, we have to nurture ourselves lovingly.  I feel a massage coming my way!

Namaste!
Kristin Springfield
Growing Stronger