This is the end….or not!

By | 2012-12-31T11:35:58-04:00 December 31st, 2012|Life|

It is the last day of yet another year in my life. To think about the last several decades (yes I’m 40 now!), or at least the years I can truly remember, I can easily say that I am blessed. Blessed with still being here through births, deaths, marriages, divorces, friendships beginning and friendships ending, locating and relocating, employment and unemployment. The list goes on and on of course, and that is the perfect example of how we go on and on. We make a choice every day to either get bogged down by life’s challenges to the point of not participating in life, or to look at those challenges straight on and accept whatever outcome might be waiting on the other side. We will go on. Life goes on. We choose whether to be present in it or passive as life definitely waits for no one. I will spend today thinking about my life and where it has been and the possibilities of where it will go (endless in case you were wondering!) I will bask in the calm presence of understanding that no matter what I choose today, I will likely have more choices tomorrow (unless of course the Mayans used a calendar we couldn’t decipher and today is actually really and truly the last day of the world as we know it.) I will take deep breaths and usher in the new as I exhale out the old. I look forward to a new year of choices, both right and wrong, just having a choice is blessing enough. Take a moment now to inhale fresh new ideas and possibilities and as you breathe out, send with your breath all the doubts, all the regrets, all the missed opportunities, all the things you meant to say or do, and know deep in your heart that tomorrow you get another chance.

Stay well,

J

Spreading the cheer!

By | 2012-12-23T17:04:05-04:00 December 23rd, 2012|Life|

One of the wonderful parts about running a business that offers people solutions to challenging situations is when we hear back from those that you have helped. We LOVE your feedback and certainly encourage you to share your thoughts and experiences as you and your Totem connect and move through life. We love pictures of Totems in interesting settings and certainly pictures with you as well!

Another wonderful part of bringing Totem Tamers public is getting to meet a lot of you when we’re out and about and sharing the story of how Totem Tamers came to be and watching the expressions on your faces when you connect with the story. I met a Mom and her daughter not too long ago and the mom thought that Totem Tamers would be a great gift to give to her nieces and nephews when her daughter huffed and puffed and said she wanted one for herself! So off they went, her daughter clutching her new Totem. A couple days later I received this email: “I wanted to thank you for the amazing Totem Friend! My daughter loves her bulldog and it has been very helpful already! I am away all week and she is keeping it with her at all times to keep calm until I get home! XO”

That’s what we love to hear! Thanks for sharing and we are thrilled that the Totem gave this young girl the power to stay calm while her mom was away. We’d love to hear from you, too! Email us at info@totemtamers.com and maybe you’ll see your story here.

Stay well and stay calm.

J

Totem Tamers presents…..

By | 2012-12-19T13:37:26-04:00 December 19th, 2012|Life|

Normally we would be honoring a WARRIOR this week. A WARRIOR is someone who is helping themselves or others in the struggles and challenges associated with anxiety, fear, or any potentially overwhelming situation. Totem Tamers is a tool that helps people help themselves. This week though, we all may be feeling just a little helpless. After the tragedy in Newtown, CT. last Friday, there have been countless people helping others cope, trying to understand the devastating act of a disturbed young man. We may never understand, but we will move on, because we have to. In the last several days I have found myself staring at my children, much to their eye-rolling and protests. I can’t help it. I can’t even begin to imagine the agony the parents, grandparents, friends, family, classmates, etc., are going through right now. All I can offer is my condolences and my prayers that they find the strength to go on while cherishing the memories of their loved ones. I can pledge that I will do what I can as a parent to make sure my children are brought up as outstanding citizens and gentleman. I can take deep breaths to help keep calm in overwhelming situations and teach my children the same.

I would ask that you take 27 seconds now and with each second, consider each victim, and instead of sadness, attach the feeling of peace and then let them go, so that we can go on.

Stay well,

J

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2012-12-12T10:23:20-04:00 December 12th, 2012|Life|

$147 million dollars! That’s what Zack Greinke is being paid to join the LA Dodgers baseball team, but that’s NOT why he’s this weeks WARRIOR. Zack is our WARRIOR WEDNESDAY because as someone who has suffered from Social Anxiety Disorder, he is proving that you can overcome and get paid boatloads of money as a reward! Zack was so afflicted with anxiety and depression that he almost ended his career that has garnered him a Cy Young award and a reputation as a great pitcher in Major League Baseball. Congratulations Zack and our baseball hats off to you for serving as a beacon of hope for many who just don’t think they can accomplish something because their fears are so great. There is hope and there is help. Totem Tamers is just one of the many resources available. Find us at www.totemtamers.com. Who knows, maybe there will be a baseball themed totem one of these days!

Photo courtesy of whittierdailynews.com

Totem Tamers take over The White House!

By | 2012-12-10T16:32:56-04:00 December 10th, 2012|Life|

Totem Tamers had the most unbelievable experience of attending a White House holiday reception last week. The house was all aglow with Christmas lights and tinsel and lots of people in fancy clothes! Our crew took the time to visit many of the rooms, even a couple that aren’t normally open to the public, including the China Room! Really neat to see the dishes that have been used over the years for dignitaries and Presidents alike! One room that the totems seemed to enjoy was the Library, so we took a couple pictures for your enjoyment!

Under an Eagle lamp in The White House Library!

Under an Eagle lamp in The White House Library!

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A totem in The White House library with a Totem Tamer!

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2012-12-05T09:06:07-04:00 December 5th, 2012|Life|

With the holiday season upon us (where did the time go?), it is the perfect setting for us to get buried under the pressures of shopping, spending time with family or not being able to spend time with family, traveling, eating and drinking too much. These are just some examples of the not so wonderful aspects of this wonderful time of year. Depression and suicide rates tend to climb dramatically during the holidays and our anxieties right with them. So for this holiday season, I am taking the bold step in naming all of us WARRIORS! Totem Tamers wants to help you stay calm when that Christmas song by Alvin and the Chipmunks comes on. We want you to maintain control when that little old lady elbows you out of the way to get to that last reindeer sweater she must have for her forever single son. You get the idea, and that’s why YOU are this week’s WARRIOR!

Give the gift of calm at www.totemtamers.com!

Give the gift of calm at www.totemtamers.com!