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38 minutes | 4 days ago
13. Break the Cycle of Self-Sacrifice with Rita Hyland
In this episode, Liza dives into the concept of self-sacrifice with Transformational Coach, Rita Hyland. When moms and care-takers self-sacrifice, they injure themselves and their kids. So why surrender and allow self-injury? For starters, we think we are helping our kids, but in actuality, we are harming them. Self-sacrifice shows up when we give up a part of ourselves and make our children more important. Examples of self-sacrifice include the following: You don’t have any time for yourself. You can’t make space for a morning routine. You are over-extended and over-tired. Sound familiar? Self-sacrifice is actually selfish and comes from a place of fear. When we are in self-sacrificing moments, we are displaying harmful behaviors such as: Not allowing our kids to figure things out on their own. Denying our children the space to be unhappy. Training them to believe they need something from us. Modeling the belief that our children don’t have what it takes to make it. Showing them that they are not capable. Together, Liza and Rita discuss practical ways to stop self-sacrificing including: Take care of yourself first. Have faith your child will be fine and believe in them. Allow your child to experience their life experiences. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Download the free Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com. Connect with Rita Hyland: Instagram @rita_hyland_coaching firstname.lastname@example.org
11 minutes | 18 days ago
12. Take a Break Before the Breakdown
When was the last time you took a break? Liza emphasizes the importance of taking breaks before your regularly scheduled breakdown. Her secret? Listen to your body. Liza also pays tribute to her daughter’s Lyme disease, which taught her the importance of taking breaks before the big event (in this case, the holidays) as opposed to after life events. Liza announces her plan to take a short break with her podcast and encourages you to pre-plan your break in advance! Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Download the Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
18 minutes | 25 days ago
11. Correcting Perfectionism by Embracing Mistakes
In this episode, Liza takes listeners through the story of her daughter’s perfectionism and OCD throughout the years. To model a healthier perspective around failure, Liza re-tooled her mindset to practice self-correction. She refers to this practice as EMM (Embrace Mistakes Mindset). Embracing mistakes has helped Liza shift the focus off of perfection and more on correction. Liza shares how embracing mistakes results in less pressure, more personal growth and a new superpower – accelerated learning! Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Download the Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
18 minutes | a month ago
10. Trust Your Gut
Trusting your gut is so important when you have to make important decisions regarding the lives of your kids. Being the decision-maker is easier when you are able to run on instinct. In this episode, Liza shares her personal story of how her gut instinct saved her from a serious illness. Learn how to tap into your intuition and rely on your own internal compass. Trusting your gut builds confidence, personal empowerment, and more peace of mind. Who doesn’t want that? Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Download the Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
19 minutes | a month ago
09. Taking the Acceptance Challenge
Could a conscious or unconscious state of denial or fear be draining your much-needed energy? Liza’s initial rejection of suggestions that her son needs medication led her to discover that she needed to actively participate in acceptance to find happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. In episode nine of the Very Happy Stories podcast, learn Liza’s four stages of acceptance and take on her acceptance challenge. To discover how acceptance can bring you to a place of contentment and reignite your energy, listen, and subscribe today. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Download the Thrive Guide for more of Liza’s best practices. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
15 minutes | a month ago
08. Changing Your Mindset with Others’ Perspectives
As primary caregivers, we often feel alone in our struggles. When Liza feels frustrated, she finds new insight by considering other people’s perspectives. In episode eight, Liza introduces her first podcast guest: her husband, Steve. As Liza and Steve discuss his greatest challenges, his one big wish, and more, Liza has several ah-ha moments, widening her own perspective. Discover how asking about your partner’s view results in feeling more supported and less alone, even when you don’t agree. Find out how listening to the other characters in your story can help lift your burdens. Listen and subscribe today. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Watch the Healing Happy Hour video to learn more about the healing virtues of journaling. Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
07. Investing in Natural Consequences
Most of us invest a great deal of time and energy preventing pain and discomfort for our children. Just like us, Liza spent years trying to engineer positive results for her children. And then she discovered natural consequences. The results? Children who know their mother believes in them. Children who are learning important life lessons now, while their parents can actively observe. And a mother with more energy for herself and her family. In episode seven of the Very Happy Stories podcast, learn Liza’s Big Three ways to endure the discomfort natural consequences bring, how to redistribute your family’s emotional workload, and why natural consequences are an investment. Invest in your family’s healing; listen and subscribe today. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Check out the free Healing Happy Hour series coming to Facebook Live this week! Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
06. Turning Judgment Day into Empowerment Day
Feeling judged sends most of us on a tailspin of shame, embarrassment, and defensiveness. After years of feeling judged, Liza created a checklist to help her move from the judgment hot seat to the empowerment seat. Would you like to free yourself of the burden of being judged? What would your world look like if you weren’t afraid of being judged? Try Liza’s checklist and practice, practice, practice. Find out more in the 6th episode of the Very Happy Stories podcast. This story contains mention of alcohol: please consider listening without children present. To start healing with Liza, listen, and subscribe today. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Check out the free Healing Happy Hour series coming soon to Facebook Live! Learn more at VeryHappyStories.com.
18 minutes | 2 months ago
05. Building Mental Endurance
Most of us relate endurance to our physical health: it’s just as important to our mental health. Liza’s mental endurance helped her to stay positive while guiding her daughter through struggles with hallucinations. How does mental endurance help you? And how can you build yours? Believe it or not, it involves both taking breaks and superpowers! Find out more in the 5th episode of the Very Happy Stories podcast. This story contains descriptions of hallucinations: please consider listening without children present. To start healing with Liza, listen, and subscribe today. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Check out the Very Happy Stories website for our free Thrive Guide.
9 minutes | 2 months ago
04. Embrace the Uncertainty
It seems to be the theme of 2020: embrace the uncertainty. And giving the unexpected a great big, grateful hug is exactly what Liza does in her 4th episode of the Very Happy Stories podcast. Along with a special VHS podcast announcement, the story of how Liza manages some unpredictable advice about this podcast unfolds within this episode. Liza shares how shifting mindset, letting go of expectations, and embracing the uncertainty ultimately serve us better. Liza also announces how recent positive suggestions will impact the Very Happy Stories podcast. Listen and subscribe today! Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories Check out the Very Happy Stories website for our free Thrive Guide.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
01. Why Your Kids' Happiness Starts with YOUR Happiness
Trigger Warning: This episode deals with content that might be sensitive to some listeners, including the topic of suicidal ideation. How does perfectionism affect our children? What happens when the need to be perfect and intrusive thoughts drive a child to consider suicide? What silver lining could a parent discover while trying to help their child heal? In this episode, Liza pulls back the curtain of “perfectionism” and reveals what life truly looks like when raising a child with suicidal ideation: the shame, isolation, and fear of being exposed. Liza’s story, while rooted in pain, evolves into an account of growth, inspiration, and lessons in striving for happiness, leaving listeners feeling inspired and connected. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories
18 minutes | 3 months ago
03. How To Have A Great Day When Your Kids Have A Terrible Day
Does your child’s mood determine your mood for the day? In this episode, Liza tells the story of how one particular day seemed destined to be a terrible day when her daughter’s OCD and eating disorder took a turn for the worse. Yet, while enjoying lunch with her friend, Liza realized that an intention she set in motion almost two years ago became a reality: the ability to have a great day despite the crisis unfolding around her. Listen to Liza’s very happy story to learn how she empowers her kids to believe they have the ability to handle life’s struggles while giving herself permission to be happy. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories
19 minutes | 3 months ago
02. The Power of Permission
Trigger Warning: This episode deals with content that might be sensitive to some listeners, including the topic of suicidal ideation. Do you feel empowered to follow your instincts when advocating for your children? Do you give yourself permission to follow your own rules instead of those imposed on you? In The Power of Permission, Liza Blas shares a story about her struggle to confidently navigate her young son’s school refusal and his emotional distress associated with ADHD, ADD, and twice exceptionalism. After her son reveals a disturbing drawing he made, a perfect stranger’s permission gives her the courage to make a difficult decision regarding a partial hospitalization program. Liza later grants inspirational permission slips to listeners to help empower them through their own challenges. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories
4 minutes | 3 months ago
Very Happy Stories Preview
Parents and caregivers of children with complex conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, neurodiversity, and Lyme Disease can feel alone and overwhelmed. In this trailer, Liza Blas introduces the Very Happy Stories podcast featuring stories that, while rooted in challenging topics, bring light out of darkness, lifting and providing validation, connection, and community to parents with similar struggles. Subscribe to Podcast Follow on Facebook and Instagram @veryhappystories
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