|10 years ago when my 4th and youngest child was born I was lucky enough to meet Carrie Contey, PhD. She came to speak with my women’s group to help us get a clear picture of the direction we all wanted to go. She gave us questions to answer, ideas to ponder, and simple tools to help us all get to our most satisfying place. Every day. The work we did with her had a profound impact on both our personal and professional lives. Before long she was IN our women’s group. Lucky us.
Shortly after we that, Carrie and I started working together and through that work we co-created Slow Family Living. We joked that she brought the science and I brought the kids. It was a perfect union of ideas around ways to make family life more connected, more fun and more satisfying. From that work my book, Slow Family Living; 75 simple ways to slow down, connect and create more joy was born.
For the past 6 years Carrie Contey has been working with families all around the world on a year-long program called Evolve. It’s powerful life-changing stuff. Full of daily lessons on ways to stay more grounded, more connected and more wholly our very best selves. Truly, through this work, I am living a more joyful life than I ever would have without it.
So why should you care? Because Carrie is about to kick off year SEVEN of this year-long program and I encourage anyone who is seeking a profound shift toward the positive to join. Rather than go on item by item, I offer a bullet list of the things I’ve discovered through my work with Carrie.
- Understanding our own triggers and how to use them to make positive change
- Understanding that our triggers are ours alone! Which means it’s about us and not what’s happening around us
- Figuring out first how we want to feel and making decisions from that feeling place
- Daily gratitude practices really do make life better
- Understanding that under every behavior is a need
- Truly knowing that our children’s behavior isn’t personal (see above)
- Finding ways to feel the feelings without judging them (which makes it infinitely easier to deal with the feelings of those around us!)
- Focusing on what I want, rather than what I DON’T want
If you are seeking a way to make some changes in your own life, or if you’re in the midst of big change and you need a compass – in your parenting, or in your partnership, – I HIGHLY recommend Carrie’s program and you can read more about it here. Perhaps you think I’m recommending this program because Carrie is my friend. And I guess I really can’t separate the two. But I’m also telling you about it because the work I’ve done in Evolve with Carrie and with the group that forms around it has allowed more family flow, more ease, more cooperation and more day to day satisfaction. I am a better parent, better daughter, better friend and better me than I ever would’ve been without Evolve. Truly. And in this current climate of change, I can’t think of a better time to jump in. The window to jump in is open until February 5th.
If you want to know more, send me a note and I’ll send you call-in info to a phone-in Q and A with Carrie on 1/30 during which she will answer all our burning questions.
And as long as I’m here, I’m just gonna put these items down below. Because my editor tells me I should promote these more. Plus, they’re really, really good, fun and useful tools for families! Surely you know SOMEONE who needs one.
And this one of Carrie and me from a campout so many years ago. Just for fun.