Seven Steps To Overcome CASIGY Overwhelm

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Have You Noticed it Too? Life Seems to Speed Up This Time of Year! As autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere, and the sun recedes into the southern hemisphere, I notice year after year that life seems to speed up. Summer’s (supposedly) slower pace is gone. Schools are in full swing by now. Organizations resume their fall schedules. Leaves fall and beg to be raked. This autumn (2011), my son Chris got married to Abby in August and we had a local reception earlier this month. Then my son Matt’s wife Kelly had a baby last week, plus we are …

CASIGY’s Secrets to Overcoming Holiday Blues – Creative, Sensitive, Introverted Gifted People

Sharon Barnes Creative Coping, Highly Sensitive, Holiday Advice, Overcoming Adversity Leave a Comment

In the northern hemisphere, December brings darkness, and for some this brings the blues, AKA depression. As the loss of light progresses, veils of separation may also thin, connecting us more easily to our inner depths. Old issues we have dealt with can resurface, sometimes with an intensity that belies the work we have already done with them. Typical CASIGY (Creative, Sensitive, Acutely, Aware, Introverted, Gifted) issues such as inferiority, perfectionism, and a feeling of not belonging rear their ugly heads with a vengeance. New ones may wiggle in, too. Then there’s the waning economy; the holidays; you name it. The …

How to Get Unstuck

Sharon Barnes Highly Sensitive, Overcoming Adversity Leave a Comment

Do you ever feel stuck? Find one thing piling on top of another? I can relate. Sometimes we don’t realize we’re getting stuck until we’re immobilized. For CASIGY’s, this can look like over-committing time, having too much to do with it all seeming crucial, or being interested in so many things that we have trouble choosing among them which leads to getting paralyzed and doing nothing. It can take many forms. The question is, how do we get unstuck when we’re stuck? Before we consider that, another question begs asking: What’s a CASIGY? CASIGY™ is an acronym for Creative, Acutely …

Inspiration On the Road to First Grade

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Inspiration for Parents and Teachers of Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Children: Here’s Nine Life Lessons I Learned On the Road to First Grade: My little quilt, finished except for the label, was a burgundy, mauve and ivory watercolor heart-shaped wall hanging. It had taken many moons to make, and I was tempted to skip the label. Painters sign their work on the front; quilt artists make a label for the back. But I just wanted to be done with it.  I hate making quilt labels, because I never know what to say on them. So I pinned the quilt on …