Samantha Farmer, LPC

Samantha Farmer, LPC “Life is a purposeful action.” Asa Don Brown


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We all need this wake-up call! Once you recognize this reality and identify the patterns that cause problems, you're on the path to making a meaningful change, and transformation is sure to follow.


This Christmas...

You don't have to be full of joy
All merry and all bright
You don't have to force festive cheer
If you don't feel alright

No, you're not obligated
To be jovial and jolly
To string the lights and sing the songs
Or deck the halls with holly

Perhaps you're missing someone
And perhaps they miss you too
Perhaps you're feeling burdened
By how much you have to do

Perhaps the bleak mid winter
Leaves you feeling rather cold
Perhaps it's hard to drive
December's darkness from your soul

Perhaps you'd rather hibernate,
Let Christmas pass you by
But remember; it's not long ‘til you
Can bid this year goodbye

For now, don't paint a smile
Upon your teary, tired face
Instead, find quiet moments
Where this season gives you space

And recognise that songs
And decorations cannot hide
The flurry of emotions
Overwhelming you inside

Yes, find those little moments
Where the lights don't feel so bright
Where you don't have to keep pretending
Just to be polite

Where you can breathe in peacefully
Away from all the noise
Away from expectation
That you're full of festive joys

‘Cause when the day is over
And the lights are taken down
When it’s another year
Before next Christmas rolls around

Yes, when the joy is fading
And the merriment has ceased
You’ll be so very grateful for
Those pocketfuls of peace


Sending my love to all of those that are not full of 'Christmas cheer' this year ❤

Becky Hemsley 2023
Stunning artwork by anukkaart


December 16 ~ Nar-Anon Daily SESH Reading
When I first learned of my son’s addiction, I rode an emotional roller coaster. Nearly a year passed before I heeded the advice of my son’s Narcotics Anonymous sponsor, who suggested I attend a Nar-Anon meeting. My first response was that I was not the one with the problem.
Little did I understand that an emotional roller coaster is a problem. The first meeting I went to was small; only two other women were there. I wondered what good this meeting would be to me. The first lady shared how her son had overdosed and died. My son had also over-dosed, but he had lived. Not only did that give me something to be thankful for, but I had also finally met someone who understood what I was going through. I felt some healing take place immediately at that first meeting. I was so glad I had gone to this meeting. I continue to attend Nar-Anon meetings for the strength it offers me. Hearing others’ experiences lets me know that I am not alone.
Attending Nar-Anon meetings is one of the most important ways I can carry the message. Even when things are going well in my life, I attend meetings. I pray that when I share my experience, strength and hope, I may help someone else feel the healing I experienced at my first meeting. Each time I attend a meeting I pray that it will help me or give me the opportunity to help others.
Thought for Today: I can carry the message by sharing my experience, strength and hope with others. Only in this way can I continue to heal and recover.
“When we share openly at meetings, this is also part of Step Twelve. Our experience, strength and hope will benefit someone. Even our early shares about our pent up frustration, grief and pain living with an addict, before we are able to focus on ourselves, helps newcomers realize they are not alone. Newcomers’ stories remind old timers how grateful we are and how far the Twelve Steps to recovery has taken us.” ~ The Nar-Anon Twelve Step Program
Copyright © 2007 by Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters


When you were born, you were placed into a family for a season of time to help you grow into a mature adult. At some point this season ends, and your relationship with your parents changes from child-to-parent to adult-to-adult. The roles change from dependency and authority to mutuality. While you are to respect and care for your mother and father, you are no longer under their protection and tutelage. Children are to obey parents, while adult children are to love and honor them. Therefore, situations will occur where you need to make decisions and set boundaries with family with which they may not agree. Visit to learn ways to set healthy boundaries with your family this holiday season.


Did you know that 2/3 of people report that their mental health worsens around the holidays? While this season can be filled with fun and connection, many of us abandon our self-care routine for the sake of festivities.

Here's your friendly reminder to keep your therapy appointments, go to bed at your regular time, and drink an extra glass of water in-between your cups of hot cocoa. You can embrace the magic of the season and honor yourself in the process.

How are you taking care of your mental health this week?




One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is the gift of noticing. Noticing growth. Noticing change. Noticing presence. Noticing agency. Noticing grief. Noticing joy.

When we notice, we give meaning. We acknowledge that this—the here and now—matters.

Here are ten things to notice this fall. What else are you noticing around you?

It’s an honor ❤️

It’s an honor ❤️




I think it’s great that therapy and mental wellness are part of the mainstream conversation. The more information we share and the more knowledge that is out there, the better.

It’s important to understand that therapy is a tool. Like all things, it’s *how* you use the tool that determines the outcome. Not everyone is going to therapy to self reflect, to own their role, or to gain more emotional tools. Some people are looking to be validated that others are the issue. Or, to just declare that they’re in therapy.

It is not a magic fix. No therapist can make someone change their patterns— or even see them. The habits and patterns that happen every week outside of that hour are equally important. Without true dedication to doing the work, change doesn’t happen.

Ideally, a person comes ready to learn new tools and break generational patterns. They’re ready to face the discomfort, the shame, and they have the humility to be introspective. This takes courage and radical transformation happens.

Have you noticed this?


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