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Day 1 Stressed to Blessed

Angie : August 30, 2015 6:12 pm : Uncategorized

 

Day 1 Stressed to Blessed- 3 Daily Action Steps 

 

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Recovery Lies

Angie : July 10, 2015 9:45 pm : Uncategorized

2 Biggest Lies About Recovery

There are so many misconceptions about recovery and two of them can be lethal. 

 

1. It’s all about your D.O.C. (Drug of Choice)

WRONG! Addiction doesn’t care what kind of drug or alcohol you are abusing. It doesn’t matter if you are smoking H, weed, or drinking alcohol. You can remove one from your life and it doesn’t mean you are in recovery. 

Recovery is not the absence of drugs or alcohol, it is the absence of the behaviors that motivated you to use drugs and alcohol to begin with. Your attitude, personality, traumas, and back story has more to do with you abusing drugs/alcohol than any substance can do to you! 

 

2. There is only one way to recover.

WRONG! Each addiction is unique, it is unique to you and your experiences! Even if you and your best friend have the exact experiences in life, you will each perceive them in different ways. Recovery is the same way! No two recoveries are exactly alike, because it’s all dependent on you and what you would like to work on!

 

Your life is yours and yours alone. Your path is yours. No matter what you have been through, what you are about to go through, or what you are currently battling… please don’t believe these lies. People do recover and it never looks the same. Even if you have tried numerous times or numerous ways, don’t give up. There are many options out there and if you are ready for change start with anything that resonates with you! 

You are not your past, not your behaviors, not your mistakes or even your successes. You were born into this world whole and beautiful and you deserve a life that matches. Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? 

With love, light, and laughter, 

Angie 🙂

 

P.S. If you are ready to give recovery a shot, check out the Recovery Alchemy tab above for your Personal Roadmap to Freedom. All recovery paths are welcome, abstinence is not required, all that is necessary is a willingness to look within and move thru what motivates your substance use. 

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Ah… to be a teen again!

Angie : May 22, 2015 1:09 pm : fear, parents, self awareness, self harm, self worth, teens

“Your perception of your potential will determine how much of your potential you will live.” -Robin Sharma

Would you go back to being a teen if you could? Most people I know would answer… “Hell no! Not even if you gave me a million dollars!” In fact, I have said that statement countless times over the years. Being a teen was hard for me, I suffered silently with depression, all the while masked as the perfect daughter and student. It was exhausting, it was sad, lonely, and excruciatingly painful. No way would I want to repeat that. (Or so I have always believed)

As I was talking with a teen client of mine yesterday I said these words… “Teens these days are so amazing. You guys have opportunities we couldn’t even fathom when we were young and given the space you guys are going to do crazy awesome things.” She looked at me strangely so I explained a little further. “When we were younger all we knew was the tiny bubble we lived in, you guys have the world. Us as parents don’t understand what that’s even like so it scares us and we tend to pull you closer in to protect you, however you know that you can do anything and so you usually do! You see the possibilities in the world, your vision is so much larger than ours.”

This conversation left me thinking about the endless possibilities our kids have in front of them. The stories of teens owning their own businesses, inventing amazing gadgets, and learning about who they really are at such a young age. Would I go back to being a teen? Absolutely! With ONE caveat… IF, and ONLY IF, I had the chance to learn the emotional coping skills I have now. I would love to go back to being that teen who felt broken and be given the opportunity to find who I was during my teen years instead of waiting till my late twenties to do so. Imagine the possibilities. Imagine how much easier it would be to learn those skills from the get go instead of breaking 20 year old habits.

The world is at their feet and it’s our job as parents to prepare them to enter adulthood with the best foundation possible, right? Emotional health is the most CRITICAL aspect they need to develop and yet it is the most overlooked. When our children are secure in who they are, trust their decisions, and comfortable in their own skin, they make great decisions. Unfortunately, teens these days report stress levels as high as adults and the rate of substance abuse, self harm, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety is increasing at alarming levels. They are unable to cope and are turning to unhealthy ways to relieve stress and pain.

Signs your teen needs more support:

  • Increased mood swings
  • Retreating to their room
  • Change in liked activities
  • Change in music, friends, behaviors
  • Struggle with perfectionism
  • Always on the go (uncomfortable with downtime)
  • Complains of regular aches and pains

Teen Empowerment Academy shifts the pendulum by providing six core online classes and a membership support forum to move your teen from moody, depressed, and stressed to confident and strong. For more information, click here.

There is no shame in reaching out for more support. Giving your teen an unbiased outlet creates the space they need to thrive and really explore with no judgment the deepest parts of their being.

With love, light, and laughter,
Angie 🙂

P.S. It takes a village to raise a child and YOU are doing an amazing job!

P.P.S. If the link above doesn’t work, please copy/paste www.angiegeren.com/teen-empowerment-academy/ into your browser.

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Are you worth your love?

Angie : March 29, 2014 10:51 pm : parents, self awareness, self worth, teens

We hear a lot about self worth, self esteem, finding our voice and being empowered. However, do you know what that means in action? I know deep down we all want to feel good, be happy, loved, and supported, so why is it so many of us are unhappy, stressed out, or just plain exhausted?

 

Let me ask you this:

  • Do you do at least one thing for your personal well-being every day?
  • Do you say “no” when you don’t feel like doing something or don’t have time for it?
  • Do you compliment yourself daily?
  • Do you ask for help when you need it?
  • Would you want a loved one or your child (if you have one) to treat themselves the way you treat yourself?

 

In our society it is easy to become wrapped up in doing things for others, striving to be “perfect”, and forgetting to take care of yourself along the way. It’s easy to say we don’t have time for our well being because we can fill that void with many different distractions, however can you really afford that anymore?

 

The time is NOW to find your voice, to show your loved ones and children that YOU matter by mattering to YOURSELF!! If you don’t love yourself, or find yourself worthy of personal time, how do others know you want to be treated that way? You’ve probably hear this since you were little…”treat others the way you want to be treated”, correct? Well I have a new one for you…. Treat YOURSELF the way you want to be treated! Open those doors to your self worth and tell yourself YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!

 

What are you going to do for yourself today?

5steps-selfmastery

 

With love, light, and laughter,

Angie 🙂

P.S. If you struggle with where to even start…. sign up for the Stressed to Blessed program for guided action steps to change your life. YOU are worth it! I promise!! 

 

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Communicating with Teens

Angie : February 26, 2014 12:58 pm : parents, self awareness, self worth, teens, Uncategorized

When was the last time you and your teen sat down and talked? I mean really talked?

 

As parents there are many times we sit our children down and tell them what we would like them to hear. Whether it be about their behavior, attitude, school, warnings, etc. Most of us expect them to hear us out, don’t argue or talk back, listen without distractions, and to then take that information and improve whatever we just discussed. I don’t think that is reaching too far outside the box, we have lived life a heck of a lot longer than they have and we have experiences that have taught us what works and what doesn’t and we will share our fears, worries, and concerns about them because we love them!

 

When your child comes to talk to you, do you give them the same consideration you expect them to give you? Do you let them talk, hear them out, validate their feelings and work on improving or helping them with what they have an issue with? The primary complaint I get from the teens I talk to is that they feel they can’t talk to their parents. Not that the door of opportunity isn’t there, but that when they do share their deepest, scariest feelings they are met with the following responses:

  • their feelings are invalidated
  • rude comments
  • expectations they feel are too high
  • not hearing what they are saying
  • yelling first, discussing later
  • being interrupted

 

beforeyou

 

When asked if in a perfect world what would a conversation look like with your parents, they responded with the following:

  • Receive good feedback
  • Overall understanding of what they say
  • Understanding how they are feeling
  • Being sincere
  • Not interrupting

 

Pretty much, exactly what we ask of them, right? So they ARE listening to US and they ARE learning from US and now they expect that you would treat them with the same respect you would like. Doesn’t sound so far fetched, does it?

 

Next time you sit down and talk with your teen, turn off your electronics, give them the floor, listen without interrupting or reacting. Really try to see where they are coming from. It might seem trivial to you, however to them it will mean the world to be heard.

For more tips and free download go to… Tips on Effective Communication and Listening

 

With love, light, and laughter,

Angie 🙂

 

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