It's been too long since I've written a real update on myself and Haven. Connecting with you was, and is, one of the pleasures of this job. I have recently learned (the hard way) that your business will demand all of you and then some, if you let it. My personal mantra of the month is "boundaries".
I've been working hard for the past year on some health issues, mostly surrounding my back. The more I dig into this problem, the more it seems like it goes deeper. Once I sat down, took a deep breath, and reflected inward, I realized that, along with the pain, I was operating daily in a state of slight panic.
Months ago, I poked around at the problem, which led me to a book...one that sat unread in my library. Then I saw the same book at Dianne Presley's office at Believe Hope Inspire, who very conveniently works right upstairs from Haven. So I read it. And I recommend it to anyone who has issues with anxiety and panic. It's called, simply, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund J Bourne, PhD. I also HIGHLY recommend Dianne's services, if you think they are appropriate for your situation.
This book puts your feelings and the reasons behind them in a simple language that is easy to understand, through exercises of self reflection and relaxation. It also lets you know, not just logically, but also emotionally, that this is a common condition that many people experience. If you have read it, let me know what you think!