S1E6: Serving those that have served

Social workers have a diverse skill set, with the goal to help others find strategies and services to find more happiness out of life.  Alisa provides that and more to veterans in Denver, Colorado.  In this episode, learn what it’s like to work with those who have served our country after they return home.  Alisa shares self care strategies to stay smiling after an intense day of work with some of this selfless population.

Alisa, licensed social worker

Alisa, licensed social worker.

One topic we refer to in this is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  For those unfamiliar with this psych term, Maslow came up with this schema for the order in which our needs to be addressed in order to read self-actualization.  You can see that many of the needs Alisa talks about today fall into the first two.  Where are you?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Graphic courtesy of https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
Alisa, her sister Kathleen, and I on a recent trip to Alaska

Alisa, her sister Kathleen, and I on our recent trip to Alaska.  Travel is part of our self care routine we try to incorporate together yearly.

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How to follow along

Hey there listeners! I’ve been getting a lot of questions on how to follow along on iTunes and the email list, so I figured a visual is helpful.

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S1E5: When their world turns upside down

In this week’s interview, get a glimpse into the work of a clinician whose clients are in the midst of major life changes.  My good friend Emma is a clinician at a program for children in crisis, removed from their homes by the Department of Children and Family’s.  As you can imagine, emotions run high in this kind of setting.  How does Emma take care of herself while taking care of the emotional needs of these children?

One of her newest ventures is into Qigong, a Chinese system of physical exercises and breathing control related to tai chi.  Interested? Here’s a link to get you on your way:

The National Qigong association:


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S1E4: Making others happy: the noblest of art

When you think therapist, what do you think of? A long couch, where you talk about your feelings? Circles of people holding cups of tea? Today’s guest Katie Loux is a certified Art Therapist who brings her love of creative expression to adults with disabilities.

Katie Loux, licensed art therapist

Listen in to hear how she works with her clients, as well as what techniques she uses to keep herself happy! One of my favorites is her altered book.  Here all about it on today’s episode!

Some of her altered book

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S1E3: How do I learn to be happy?

As I continue on my happiness journey, I’ll share with all of you the things I’m trying.  In January I attended my first retreat through the Copper Beach Institute at the Mercy By the Sea.  The topic was an introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, or MBSR.  I’ll admit that I had some preconceptions about going to a retreat, and was both nervous and excited to learn more about mindfulness.  Check out this podcast for my rundown of my top take aways and myths busted about retreats and courses!


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S1E2: Why are you so obsessed with me?

Now that you know what we’re about, it seems fair that I should let you know what I am about.  Although I am a psychologist, my own happiness journey has not been easy.  Listen in to learn a little about my quarter life crisis, Pinterest obsessions, and more.

Circa 2011, before discovering I had sleep apnea2014, grad school graduation

Left: Me in 2011, not taking care of myself and shortly about to learn I had developed severe sleep apnea.

Right: 2014 graduate school graduation.  Figuring it out on the outside, still working on the inside

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2017. The secret? Goat yoga.  Kidding, but it does help.

Questions about this podcast? Comment below!

Do you want to hear about a specific topic in the realm of happiness? Do you yourself work in the business of happiness? Contact me using the links at the top of the page.

Happy watering!

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S1E1: Happiness & landscaping

Welcome to our first episode of Watered Grass! Thanks for tuning into my shiny, new toy.  Listen in to this episode for the who, what, where, and why of this podcast about happiness.  Learn why I’m obsessed with happiness, and a quick story of how I maintain my own in the face of job insecurity.

I’m so excited to talk happiness with you.  Do you have a specific topic you’d like to hear more about? Tweet or email me using the contact information at the top of the page.

Are you yourself in the business of happiness? Shoot me an email or tweet with what you do! I’d love to hear from you.

Keep watering that grass!

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