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Understanding Boundaries

Let’s talk about boundaries. Whether at work or home, boundaries begin inside you when you sense a need and decide to care for yourself. You know something’s got to give. You can’t keep doing life this way. But you might not know what needs to change. Or how to make it happen. Learning how to…

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Our Mental Health Moment

We’re having a mental moment. The pandemic and its related pressures shined a light on a growing crisis that reached a tipping point. We’re at a moment where people are ready to talk about and address the mental health symptoms that I think we’ve been living with for a long time. It’s especially important as…

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Normalizing Group Culture Around Needs

When you watch a herd of horses, they’re constantly communicating with each other about group and individual needs. They have a beautiful system of feedback and flow. When a need is expressed, it’s tended to. Yes, like human herds, there’s conflict but horse herds make necessary adjustments, move through them and then move on. That’s…

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Our Herd Keeps Growing — New Puppies!

It’s been all about puppies here for the past month and ridiculous amounts of cuteness. Mom Georgie and dad Cap welcomed a beautiful litter of six healthy Border Collie pups on June 14. (That brings our total Border Collie pack to 9!) Georgie has done a wonderful job adjusting to motherhood. What a joy to…

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Sitting with Myself

I’ve been in the process of Sitting with Myself since early March. I didn’t start it willingly. In fact, I spent the first four to six weeks kicking and screaming about it. Thrashing. Flailing. Protesting. Looking for things to do, projects to start, trips to take, closets to clean, barns to remodel. Just a whole…

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Twists and Turns

Dear lovely humans, Nature gives us so many generous lessons of how things move, progress, develop, and evolve no matter what. We need these examples so we can see the fierce resilience around us and connect to how it is within us. We also need to see and know how messy, unpredictable, and even chaotic…

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Lessons in Expressing Vulnerability and Circling Up Our Herds

I took a page out of my own book! The Human Herd: Awakening Our Natural Leadership was released into the wild April 12. It was terrifying! First writing a book is very hard, but even harder than the writing itself was all the time and angst spent NOT writing the book when you are supposed to be…

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Springing Forth

Fruit trees are budding and blooming. Horses are shedding. Dogs are shedding. A pair of ducks are inhabiting our creek and appear to be ready for some babies. The daylight is more insistent. We hear a lot of messaging about how to feel about the seasons. Spring is here! Have a bounce in your step!…

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Growth and Gutters

I look for interesting places of growth, for the ways that nature replenishes and flourishes in odd locations. My most recent discovery was in the gutter of an old shed. As usual, it was just the practice of a walkabout, looking around, looking up, slowing down, and there it was, a whole ecosystem blooming in…

A Different Kind of New Year--What If We Just Let Ourselves Be? - Beth Anstandig

A Different Kind of New Year–What If We Just Let Ourselves Be?

It’s hard to believe we’re almost at the end of January. But maybe that’s a good thing. The pressure we put on ourselves and each other at this time of the year! What a way to — maybe not — start things off! It’s an arbitrary transition but it is one whether we like it…

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