Casey O’Roarty is a facilitator of personal growth and development. Her work encourages parents to discover the purpose of their journey, while also providing them with tools and a shift of mindset that allows them to deepen their relationships with themselves and their families. As a Positive Discipline Trainer since 2007 and certified coach, Casey has led countless groups through workshops and classes that have left them feeling empowered and excited about parenting. She also offers an engaging podcast, live and online classes, and individual coaching at www.joyfulcourage.com. Her first book, Joyful Courage: Calming the Drama and Taking Control of YOUR Parenting Journey is available for presale and launches May 20th. Casey lives in the Pacific Northwest with greatest teachers – her husband, and two teenage kids.
Here are some of the big topics we talked about…
Real-life friends Kelly and Casey talk about Joyful Courage, Casey’s new book on self-awareness and parenting, and how it applies to life beyond parenting, in her second appearance on the show
As much as possible, become conscious of your responses to life experiences because those reactions very much influence outcomes!
Bring awareness to your autopilot reactions, like going into a rage or a “fix-it” mode
It’s those times such as when you’re automatically angry that you can begin to recognize choice points of whether to join in bad moods of yourself or others
One of Casey’s top tools for navigating your self-awareness journey: Make a practice of finding your breath, scanning your body, and taking a “balcony seat”
In Casey’s Voice
“Typically for me what I’ve learned over time is to recognize what’s happening in my body as a signal to check in and find my center so that I can remain more in the design of the experience I want to have. That’s what the book is all about!”
“We’re always influencing our experience, whether we’re consciously aware of it or not.’
“We can get emotionally hijacked by the people in our lives and their emotional experiences.”
“It’s only when you’re aware you’re on an emotional freight train that you can make a choice to stay on the train or get off.”
“Be really clear on who you want to be. Create that anchor, that center.”
“When things hit the fan, are you that gentle, loving, kind parent you declared you would be?”
“A lot of people react and say, ‘this is just who I am.’ I would challenge that. This is available to anyone who’s willing.”
“Even when it’s really hard, being able to say, ‘Yes! This is going to take me to a new place!’ Trusting that it’s happening for you is really important.”