Climbing Everest in a Storm: Living with Cognitive-Emotional Effects of Brain Injury

These ruminations begin with reading a recent Facebook post.... A little while ago I read this Facebook post by Elizabeth Gilbert. https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz/posts/1778347148914059 As someone who lives with a brain injury, it was hard for me to take in. Gilbert describes a moment of cognitive-emotional chaos, where she cannot use her thoughts to control her thoughts …

Football + brain = A good reason not to play

Rise and Shout the Cougars Are Out! I grew up watching football games with my family. BYU and Utah were the big teams in my house. Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah, has one of the most beautiful views of any stadium I've been to. I went to one of the famed Harvard/Yale football games while …

Be a brain advocate today!

With a lot of great new followers on The Art of Striving Facebook page, I want to thank everyone for their support. By following The Art of Striving you're showing that you're a brain advocate! I believe that everyone can be a brain advocate. What's a brain advocate? It's someone who knows about the brain …

How my brain injury changed my definition of “hard”

My body has always been pretty healthy. My brain, not so much. I can identify what I believe were at least two concussions growing up. Once I had the wind knocked out of me in a soccer practice in third grade and I felt woozy and lay on the grass for a while, trying to …

A Guide to Doing Hard Things in the Land of Not Yet

One of my posts from last week was actually part of a draft for a talk I gave in church today. The topic was "We can do hard things!" Here are my more complete thoughts on that and on how Christ is essential to our ability to overcome.  Today I want to talk about the Land …

Magic? Climb.

9 months since I last blogged. SO much has happened in that time. So much has happened in the last month. If you have had a brain injury, you may have experienced a distorted sense of time. My flow in time and aspects of my memory were affected by my injury, so I haven't reflected on …

On Grief

Grief. You are a natural sister to pain and wisdom's well. You speak the truth that for wounds to surrender their power they must be felt. And fully. You are here while I now mourn my concussion: fullness of life lost and not yet fully regained; profound isolation; devastating loss of self; prolonged physical, emotional, …

Fab Friday Recap: All about That Brain (and Batman)

Hello, friends! Welcome to another Fab Friday Recap, where I get to share some of the fascinating and worthwhile things I have read and seen online lately. Today's articles and thought-provoking tidbits are all about the brain. Helpful Are you running your brain ragged with overstimulation? Quite possibly. Our digital culture is not really created …