Lisa Leonard Help and Healing VO
Lisa Leonard Help and Healing VO

Today’s Healthcare Heroes Spotlight: Nurses

nurse leaning against wallOn this National Nurses’ Day, I’m feeling awestruck.  I truly don’t know how nurses have survived this pandemic.  To show up and work under incredibly challenging circumstances day after day, focusing on patients and their families (no matter what personal loss or burnout they may be going through themselves,) it’s just amazing to me.  Much respect for ALL healthcare workers but it’s Nurses’ Week so I’m focusing this blog post on them. read more…

Pandemic Pants and Pep Talks

Do you know what a pants-expander is? It’s a stretchy rubber loop that attaches to the button of a pair of pants. I confess I bought 6 of them because my size 8 jeans just weren’t fitting anymore. Hopeful that my pandemic stress eating will subside and I’ll get back down to my usual weight and size soon, I didn’t want to splurge on a bunch of new pants so I’ve been wearing these goofy looking pants-expanders.
2 pairs of jeans showing pants expanders in use
Clearly, I’m not alone. Sales of stretchy yoga and sweat pants increased over the past year when we’ve been working from home with 24/7 access to our snacks and comfort foods.

I say all that to let you know of a positive experience I’ve just had. read more…

Helpful Wellness Tips in Bite-Sized Clips: Revisiting “Help & Healing Hangout”

Lisa Leonard Help and Healing Hanging Opening Screen - Helpful Wellness TipsWhat’s been your “pandemic project?” Maybe you learned how to play an instrument, or studied a foreign language. Perhaps you’re doing home renovation or organization projects. I taught myself iMovie (thanks to some helpful YouTube videos and lots of trial and error.) It’s something I wanted to learn because I wanted to use video as a way to help people during this challenging time.  In early summer, I set up a makeshift home studio, tapped into my old skills as a broadcast journalist and interviewed experts about issues I knew many of us were dealing with. Read on to learn more about helpful wellness tips.

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The Season of Giving…Time and Kind Words

koalas almost touching noses

I donated some of my voiceover income to the Koala Hospital of Port Macquarie after the horrific bushfires in Australia. Now, I’m looking at other ways of giving.

How many Giving Tuesday e-mails landed in your inbox this week? 

The needs this year seem greater, and situations seem more dire because of this terrible pandemic.  With each “new message” alert came a bit of a sinking feeling like, “I wish I could help EVERYONE.”  Unless I win a big lottery jackpot, that’s not likely to happen so I started reflecting on what I CAN do–right now–to help people. read more…

Making Lemonade From Pandemic Lemons

I’m generally a “glass half full” kind of person and I know many people are not. For those of you who usually see the glass as half empty, I hope you’ll keep reading. I’d like to offer you some of what I call “Pandemic Lemonade.”
That’s the name I’ve given to those unexpected good things that happen during this unbelievably trying time. I coined the phrase after hearing myself say things like, “well that’s a good lesson that’s coming from Coronavirus,” or “see, that’s another blessing in disguise from this horrible pandemic.”  Trying to look on the bright side does not minimize in ANY way the suffering and loss caused by COVID-19.  My heart aches for everyone affected by this tragedy.  But the “glass half full” approach is one tool in my pandemic survival toolkit.  Trying to see some things in a positive light has helped me. Maybe it can help you too.

Here’s a list of some pandemic lemons that can be made into lemonade when you stop to notice the good parts of this rough year. read more…

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