Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2013-01-30T11:01:33-04:00 January 30th, 2013|Life|

Totem Tamers recently had the honor and privilege to attend the Inaugural Ceremonies and other related celebrations in Washington, DC.. One event we attended was at The White House and yes, it was super cool! Milling about with the donors and dignitaries alike, imagine our surprise to turn and see the bright smile and welcoming eyes of the Second Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, our WEDNESDAY WARRIOR!

Dr. Jill Biden and I, at The White House!

Dr. Jill Biden and I, at The White House!

Dr. Biden has been an educator for decades as well as an activist for breast cancer research and early detection. As the Mom of a son in the military, she has also spent many years supporting Military Families, even writing a children’s book about the experiences when a family member is deployed overseas and offering resources for families in similar situations. Totem Tamers applauds Dr. Biden’s courage and perseverance, and her understanding and continued emphasis on the importance of educating and supporting our children. That is why she is this week’s WARRIOR! Thank you for all that you do and we are excited for another four years of possibilities!

Stay well!

TT

Totems Around Town!!!

By | 2013-01-25T13:29:27-04:00 January 25th, 2013|Life|

Totem Tamers had the honor and privilege once again to visit The White House during the Inauguration of President Obama. The Totems were all too excited to have another glance around this magnificent and historical home. I managed to sneak a shot of the Totems on their tour.

Totems loose in The White House China Room!

Totems loose in The White House China Room!

 

We always love to see where the Totems find themselves, so feel free to share pictures with us of your Totems! email them to me at julie@totemtamers.com

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2013-01-23T13:11:43-04:00 January 23rd, 2013|Life|

There is no other WARRIOR we could choose this week other than the President of the United States, Barack Obama.  I can’t even begin to imagine the stress he goes through on a daily basis as the leader of the free world. Somehow though, he remains calm, cool, and collected. I had the privilege of spending the weekend in Washington at the Inauguration and attending many events with First and Second family. I remain in awe of the consistently calm presence exuded by the Obama’s and the Biden’s as they greeted thousands of people personally over the last week alone. Totem Tamers was honored to be one of the lucky to meet both families and share thoughts on anxiety and coping with overwhelming emotions. President Obama, the world watched as you were sworn in for another 4-year term, and we listened to your inspirational thoughts and ideas for our future. Totem Tamers would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your courage, bravery, and leadership and congratulate you once again as you begin the next leg of this incredible journey.

President Barack Obama gives his inauguration address. For details of the speech see our live blog.

Photo credit to Mark Wilson.

Entry for Inauguration!

Entry for Inauguration!

Me, my mom, and Vice President  Biden!!

Me, my mom, and Vice President Biden!!

 

 

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2013-01-16T06:22:14-04:00 January 16th, 2013|Life|

For this WARRIOR WEDNESDAY we are going Late Night! “It’s a sinkhole…” “It’s like you get on an elevator and the bottom drops out.” These are words from longtime TV Talk Show Host David Letterman, as he opens up about battling depression. Letterman has been quite public lately and those quotes were from an interview with Oprah Winfrey, and there have been countless interviews and articles chronicling the very personal struggle of depression and “nervous anxiety” Letterman has experienced. That’s why he is our WARRIOR this week. As a vital tool in your toolbox of anxiety relief and management, Totem Tamers, hopes to introduce you to a person, experience, tale of conquering or at least learning to live with anxieties that plague so many of us during our daily lives. When someone as well-known and well-liked as David Letterman speaks out, it can only do good, and we can only hope that it will help someone else who is struggling to find the courage to seek help.  There are so many resources available, heck an internet search of “resources for anxiety sufferers” will probably score you some location a block away from your house! Help is out there, sometimes you just need a little encouragement and motivation from someone who has been there. Thank you Mr. Letterman for sharing your story and for being our WARRIOR this week!

Image from huffingtonpost.com

Caution: Contents under extreme pressure!

By | 2013-01-13T16:01:27-04:00 January 13th, 2013|Life|

That label might as well be stuck to your forehead if you don’t find a way to manage your stress and anger. A recent article in Men’s Health magazine reported that if you keep all of those negative and overwhelming emotions inside, you put yourself at an increased risk for heart attack, and stroke, among other things. And yes, those lines on your forehead from furrowing your brow count as a negative!!! Ok, I know it’s a men’s mag, but this information holds true for women as well. This is your big chance to take a moment, not much more is really needed, just a moment to slow down. Take some deep, cleansing breaths, and exhale out all of that toxic energy. Not only will you feel better, it will improve your health! That’s why having a Totem Tamer in your pocket can be a helpful reminder to keep calm and keep healthy. Go to www.totemtamers.com today to find out which Totem can save your life;)!*

 

 

 

*Ok, maybe not save your life, but certainly give you the chance to feel better and that’s always a good thing.

You say it's your birthday…..

By | 2013-01-11T13:17:40-04:00 January 11th, 2013|Life|

My oldest son turns 13 today. My mantra for the last several months with him has been “You are not a teenager yet, so stop acting like one!” He is a good boy and sometimes I am hard on him because I have expectations, but I also have fears. I am responsible for turning this young man out in to the world and I really don’t want to screw it up. I also realize that with age comes responsibility but we as parents have to remember that they are still children and we are still in charge. Children will test us and push us to our limits, but they really aren’t trying to see what they can get away with, they really want us to show them how much we love them by NOT letting them get away with anything. So be involved, talk to your kids, do your best to stay calm when they call at 3am for you to pick them up because they refused to get in the car with a friend who’d been drinking. (Lord, that hasn’t happened yet, but I imagine it will in a few years.) With that, I take my Bear Totem in to the realm of the Teens and repeat my new mantra, “You may be a teenager, but I’m still your mother, which makes me the boss!”

Here’s a poem I wrote for my son on his birthday. Stay well!

Today my boy turns thirteen
Not a man or babe, but something in between
As the candles go out on his baker’s dozen wish
“Is it an XBox, PlayStation or even a satellite dish?”
No matter the gift, we’ve moved on from toy blocks
I pray for you happiness, oh and by the way it’s socks!
But in truth my dear, sweet, little boy,
I wish for you a million things, but above all else, ENJOY!

Totem Tamers presents WEDNESDAY WARRIOR!

By | 2013-01-09T15:23:10-04:00 January 9th, 2013|Life|

 

Autobiography: This is me

This week’s WARRIOR is Australian, champion swimmer, Ian Thorpe. Over a very long career, Thorpe has won 5 Olympic medals and almost a dozen World Titles. As the accomplished swimmer battled his opponents in the water, he was battling his demons on land. Ian Thorpe is now going public with his struggle with depression since he was a teenager, and that’s why he is our WEDNESDAY WARRIOR! It takes a lot for someone to  share their deepest darkest secrets, and Thorpe reveals he didn’t even tell his family until recently that he was battling depression, so severe it included thoughts of suicide. At Totem Tamers we support an open forum and a safe environment for people to talk about their struggles whether it’s anxiety, depression, fears, or anything overwhelming that decreases your ability to function in your every day life. So we applaud anyone in the spotlight who is willing to take that risk and come forward to share their story in the hopes of helping someone else realize that they are not alone, that there is help, that you can accomplish great things. Thank you Ian Thorpe for being a WARRIOR! Totem SHARK is definitely a kindred spirit in the water swimming side by side with you on the rest of your journey!

Go to www.totemtamers.com to find your Totem and tools to help keep you calm.

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2013-01-02T10:13:23-04:00 January 2nd, 2013|Life|

 

Hannah Storm

This week’s WARRIOR is sports anchor, Hannah Storm! Just weeks ago, Storm was severely burned in a home grilling accident when propane, lingering in the air around the grill, ignited a wall of fire engulfing Storm. With burns to her face and body, Storm was rushed to a burn center where she underwent painful treatment to aid in her recovery. The anxiety she felt after the accident is palpable when you imagine that she has made her career in front of the cameras and now there was a major fear that she would be disfigured. After just a few weeks, Hannah Storm returned to the airwaves to host the Rose Parade broadcast on New Year’s Day. Hours in the make-up chair to replace eyebrows and eyelashes that were singed off in the fire, and hair extensions to fill in where her hair was cut off after being burned, Storm took to the set and shared her story with co-host and friend Josh Elliot. See the heartwarming footage below:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/espns-hannah-storm-exploding-grill-burn-accident-daughters-18112275

Storm was lucky, and she is using this trauma to raise awareness of grilling safety and of course, show the world that with plenty of support you can overcome very scary events. Totem Tamers is proud to call Hannah Storm a WARRIOR and wishes all the best in her recovery.

Happy New Year!

By | 2013-01-01T13:23:44-04:00 January 1st, 2013|Life|

A New Year means new choices, it’s up to you to take charge of your life and make them! There is no better way to find power in your choice than with a totem in hand, find yours at www.totemtamers.com.

A healthy and happy new year from all of us at Totem Tamers.

Stay well.