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TYC Toolkit

tools for healing & creativity

This is Not Your Average “Toolkit”

Look. I get it. The idea of a Toolkit sounds so, well, tool-ish. So dry. Uninteresting. Therapy-like. That’s what I used to think anyway, before I looked back over the last decade and realized, in hindsight, that I’d been crafting a set of behaviors for myself, based on certain principles, through trial and error, that actually made me feel better about myself. And thereby better, as well, about my relationships with others.

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But here’s the thing about the “TYC Toolkit”: Behavior is just the tip of the iceberg. Meaningful, sustained growth requires more of us than the doing of rote activity. (Think about all those aborted New Year’s resolutions!) And feeling better is altogether different from forcing oneself to exude happiness. Relationship–deep, intimate human connection, romantic or not–is where we thrive. In other words, how and why we use the tools, it took me a long time to figure out, is as important as having tools to begin with.

Below are 3 core values that weave throughout the TYC Toolkit, and my real life.

Creativity

Creativity is the foundational tenet of this Toolkit. Creative endeavors of all kinds give voice to parts deep inside us that long to be heard. By learning to pay attention to thoughts, feelings, and emotions around our creativity, we uncover patterns, desires, and needs, and, eventually, authenticity. On our own terms, we begin to let go and to embrace. We reconnect our head to our heart for a fuller, clearer, more embodied life experience. And it’s fun!

Connection

Connection is where the rubber meets the road. As Brené Brown says, “People are wired for connection.” We live, work, play, and most importantly love in connection. Much of the time, though, faulty patterns and old conditioning get in the way of our ability to thrive and connect as deeply as we want. The landscape of my past is littered with failed friendships and difficult familial dynamics that severely impacted my sense of belonging, which lead to much pain and discomfort. No longer!

Mental Wellness

Taking care of ourselves is the greatest gift we have to offer, to our own self and to others. Too often, we neglect mental health and wellness because we were taught to equate struggle with weakness. But purpose and meaning–a sense of contribution, freedom, and liberation–flow from clarity. Our ability to be clear, to engage, to be content, and to feel satisfied is tied as much (or more) to mental health as to physical health. We cannot flourish without attention and action directed to mental wellness.

Tools from the TYC Toolkit

for you to use & enjoy

Emerge: The Art of Conscious Choice – a six week immersion of creative reflection to connect with your authentic self

Emerge: The Art of Conscious Choice

In this 6 week immersion, we use the tools of mindfulness, meditation, writing, and simple collage to explore the topics of values, self-care, gratitude, and compassion in a conscious way. Harness the power of creative reflection in community to connect with your authentic self!

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Emerge Ongoing

Emerge: Ongoing

An extension of the 6-week introductory class, Emerge: Ongoing offers monthly meetups and supportive community environment for continuous personal growth and development. The sessions combine practical tools with creative exercises, to support you in making more conscious life choices and deepening your self-discovery journey.

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Tools as Treasures

Think of a Toolkit as your personal treasure chest–a collection of habits and principles that become silent companions, dear friends. It’s not antiseptic, rather, a set of practices organically discovered, like hidden gems, derived from wisdom earned through life’s journey.

Sometimes, the hardest gift to give ourselves is permission. Permission to believe we’re worth the effort. Permission to feel and explore our vulnerability. Permission to acknowledge the validity of our experiences and their impact on us.

Conscious Choice

Every first step begins with awareness and intentional choice.

Gratitude

Simply stated, there is no more powerful tool for shifting perspective from one of lack to one of abundance. (Even, especially, when times are tough.)

Resilience

Often, life is challenge. Our ability to adapt and manage can, with practice, be cultivated and fortified.

Joy

Joy is a spiritual experience, evoking a sense of passion and meaning. Aligning joy with intuition guides us toward authenticity.

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“Breaking the cycle of self-judgment and shame is hard, incredibly valuable work that doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Opening, selecting, and using a Toolkit, on our own and within a community who cares, is a deliberate and practical approach to self-care.”

Other Ways to Play – more tools, more fun!

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Art Classes & Expression

Art practices provide an expressive outlet for emotions, foster mindfulness, and promote stress reduction. The creative process encourages self-discovery and cultivates social connections. There is joy, fulfillment, and a sense of childlike wonder to this element of a more balanced and enriched life.

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Writing & Reading

Writing serves as an outlet, offering emotional expression and clarity through journaling. The practice fosters mindfulness, reduces stress, and promotes a sense of calm. Writing, its own form of creativity, allows and even encourages documentation as a process contributing to personal growth, connection, and wellbeing.

Make a Habit out of Healing

Long before I ever thought about sharing my healing journey, in the midst of crisis, I began, slowly, to create new habits. I didn’t think of it this way at the time, but I was creating a Toolkit one lesson, one tool at a time. In my own life, I was waking up to the incredible array of ways that my past conditioning was impacting my present relationships. I wanted to change that dynamic. I longed to befriend myself, and to enjoy healthier, more deeply meaningful connections with others.

Through a lot of practice and failure and more practice and more failure, through forgetting everything and having to remember, again and again, I created this Toolkit. I share useful routines, rituals, and principles that continue to help and guide me. I hope they’ll help you, too.

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Let’s go on this exploration together, shall we? Join a growing community of like-minded souls committed to supporting one another in learning, growth, and fun.