About…. You.

I’ll tell you about me later – you’re the important person here. Maybe you’re feeling defeated, afraid, or abashed. Maybe life’s got you nervous or antsy or even aghast at what it’s throwing at you. You might be daunted, overloaded, or uneasy.

You could have so much on your plate that you’re concerned, fearful, jittery, or intimidated. You’ve got so much work to do that you’re discouraged, strained, and overburdened. Or family life has you fretful, disheartened, or just plain perplexed.

Or maybe you’re one of the 77% of Americans today who are just stressed out. Plain and simple, no thesaurus digging necessary. Just. Stressed. Out.

And that’s okay.

Ever watch The West Wing? I highly recommend it not just for the stories and comedy and drama, but also for the hope. Here’s just one small example, Leo McGarry, a recovering alcoholic, talking to Josh Lyman, newly diagnosed with PTSD after being shot.

“This guy’s walking down the street when he falls in a hole. The walls are so steep he can’t get out. A doctor passes by and the guy shouts up, ‘Hey you. Can you help me out?’ The doctor writes a prescription, throws it down in the hole and moves on.

Then a priest comes along and the guy shouts up, ‘Father, I’m down in this hole can you help me out?’ The priest writes out a prayer, throws it down in the hole and moves on
Then a friend walks by, ‘Hey, Joe, it’s me can you help me out?’ And the friend jumps in the hole. Our guy says, ‘Are you stupid? Now we’re both down here.’ The friend says, ‘Yeah, but I’ve been down here before and I know the way out.'”

Y’all c’mon now. I’ve been down here before, and I know the way out.

My manifesto:

 

I will make a powerful, significant, positive impact in the lives of others.

I will always maintain a sense of humor and compassion.

I will practice what I preach.

I will master my authority and my craft.

I will dare to be fearless and resilient.

I will seek Ananda in all things.

I will sound my barbaric YAWP over the rooftops of the world.

I will give zero fucks about things that don’t impact my life.

 

In my world…

  • joy is an absolute necessity.
  • Self-care is an absolute necessity.
  • Hope is an absolute necessity.
  • Laughter is an absolute necessity.
  • Music is an absolute necessity.
  • Believing everyone is sacred is an absolute necessity.

I shall do no harm, and at all times, I shall treat others the way I would wish to be treated. So mote it be.

 

 Hiya! I’m Kriss, and I’m the Positivity Powerhouse, a mindset and motivation coach helping busy professional women overcome overwhelm, de-stress and reassess, so they can find their focus, define their goals, create actionable plans, and go forth as new Positivity Powerhouses in their own right.

I’ve built Positivity Powerhouse on top of more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field. Not as a practitioner, mind you; I don’t have the alphabet soup after my name. Myexperience is that of a person who lives with mental illness, and have for most of my life.

I’ve struggled for decades with bipolar disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trichotillomania (hair pulling disorder), and excoriation disorder (skin picking disorder). I’ve had to learn a wide variety of survival mechanisms, skills, and techniques for dealing with this crazy old world. I draw from a variety of faith paths, psychological and sociological data, the humanities, the arts, and more for both inspiration and practical steps to take to empower myself to not only cope with my life and the world I live in, but also to thrive and share my knowledge with others.

I’m a strong believer in setting intentions before embarking on a course of action. In 2017, I declared it the year of Resilience, to constantly remind me that I’m stronger than I knew. 2018 was the year of Ananda, reminding me to seek joy and delight in all things. This year, 2019, is the year of Yawp, reminding me to take bold, courageous action while trusting that the Universe will either catch me when I fall or teach me how to fly.

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