I have always known I would be in a helping profession. I wanted to be a vet when I was kid, but instead I have been satisfied to make my home into a mini zoo (two dogs, two cats, three birds, one guinea pig, a sheep, a bunny rabbit, three fish). My aunty tried to convince me to become a brain surgeon after I got the highest year 12 score in the district. I thought that sounded like rubbish. I wanted to change people’s lives. And now I realise, my work is brain surgery. And the re-wiring that I help people do is just as important.
I know that now, because I’ve had to do some major re-wiring in my own life. As newlyweds, hubs and I took on the care of three teenagers. Their Dad was dying of cancer. Over the couple of years of the brain tumour eating away at the fragments of our lives, I had to learn how to be the solid foundation of this traumatised family unit. He passed away on my birthday.
A year later I suffered a hideous situation at work that brought up all the stress and anxiety that it could muster, leaving me a mess of withered self-confidence. As I was driving to work one morning I actually planned a post I would publish on my Facebook page informing my followers that I would no longer be a psychologist, if they wanted me I would be pulling beers at the local pub. But my colleagues and my (incredibly patient and loyal) husband bolstered me up enough to remember all the skills for self-care that I had in my emotional arsenal.
And this is why you may hear me confidently say “no matter the situation you find yourself in, you can also find peace”. That’s what I’m here for.
And that’s what I aim to teach as many people as possible – how I survived the poop tsunami of life and learnt to surf. My surfing lessons on the blog don’t always involve the ocean (they often do!) but they do involve a butt-load of techniques that have helped me smile no matter the situation.
I have been nominated for a Young Victorian of the Year award for my work in our little rural community and my larger online family. I can’t even describe how much this honour means to me, feeling valued by the families I help is the very thing that keeps me getting up and going to work each day.
If you can’t find anything that helps you on this humble little blog, please let me know what kind of wave is dragging you under and I’ll try to throw you a life raft if I can x
Laura Green is a psychologist based in rural Australia, practicing in a community health centre and slugging out the trip to Melbourne for part of the week to explore the impacts of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on siblings for her PhD study. Although she loves her research and clinical work, she takes enough time out to explore the mind-body connection as it plays out in her own life, in order to bring you the best advice she can find to help you live a life of AWEsomeness. Laura is regularly in awe of the little things, a gift and skill that daily mindfulness has given her.
Laura is trained in Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) and Pivotal Response Therapy. She has expertise and passion for working with kids, teens and adults with autism, as well as general well-being for all folk. Follow her stuff and good things will happen! To you, if you put in some of the work. But she does a lot of the hard slog for you, creating free resources to improve your life through mindfulness, brain nutrition, and good mental health practices. You will find daily stuff on Facebook and irregular awesomeness on this blog. Subscribe at the side or down below, you know you want to. Your mind and body will thank you.
When she isn’t undertaking research or working in the clinic, Laura peruses her passion for yoga, mindfulness and mind-body connection through working as a massage therapist and running yoga and emotion literacy programs for children with special needs, as well as her own daily practice.
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