"If you don't like something, change. it.
If you can't change it, CHANGE your ATTITUDE. - Maya Angelou
Greetings Everyone! Welcome to the first edition of the Working on the Inside Newsletter-- my name is Tricia Miller, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor/Therapist working in private practice at the Memorial Counseling Center in Houston, Texas.
My intrigue for people's stories originated in my upbringing growing up in a large, extended Asian-American immigrant family. As many stories of culture, relationships and life exchanged across the dinner table during family gatherings, I found myself captivated. There was so much wisdom and meaning within these little vignettes. Eventually, my passion for connecting with people's stories translated into a career in Education, Counseling and Mental Health. I hope to continue my work connecting with others beyond the therapy room.
On November 1st, 2018, the Working on the Inside Podcast launched across various social media platforms in hopes of educating, encouraging and inspiring listeners interested in learning more about what happens within our internal landscape. The podcast will explore the following topics and more:
What motivates people toward their dreams?
How do people develop resilience, strength & courage?
How do people find joy, happiness and peace in their lives?
How are connections and relationships important in life?
What is true success?
How do people comeback from setbacks and disappoinments?
Many of my conversations will feature people from my awesome Super Village of Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Spiritual Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Healthy Living Experts, Friends, Family & even former Students of mine. In addition, I'll sprinkle solo podcast episodes in the mix and draw upon my knowledge from my work as a Therapist and School Educator.
I invite you to listen, learn and laugh with me. You can find the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and on my website or any links above buttons. Hope to be a real and positive source in your day!
-Tricia Miller, M.Ed., LPC
THIS WEEK'S FEATURED EPISODE:
EPISODE 6: Five Tips To Experience a Calmer Holiday Season
The holiday season can be a stressful and overwhelming time for many people. In an effort to help people avoid burn-out, fatigue and exhaustion, I share five game-changing tips that will help you experience a calm holiday season and beyond. Shifting from a future-focused mindset to a present orientation is key to achieving a sense of peace during this hectic time of year. Start with my my first tip: Giving Yourself Permission to Say No. Click HERE to Listen.
Episode 3: Realizing the Power of My Village feauturing Han Wright
"My village was bigger than I thought…it’s the people who are there for you no matter what, and they’ll show up.” - Han W.
In August of 2017, Hurricane Harvey made its landfall along the Southeastern coast of Texas causing devastation across the region with massive flooding. Over a year later, many are still in the process of rebuilding, recovering and navigating an unknown future. I sit down with my best friend of 10 years, Han Wright, who opens up on both the challenges and positive lessons she encountered along the way in the recovery process. Click HERE to Listen.
Episode 4: The Value of Education featuring Frank Escueta
“If you have the tools, knowledge, courage and health, you will flourish.”
(on coming to America) - Frank E.
My Dad, Frank Escueta, came to the United States in 1972 from the Biñan, Philippines, looking for opportunities to learn and prosper as a young Mechanical Engineer. Raised in a blended family as one of 13 children with parents who only had an elementary school education, Frank shares how the value of education uplifted his family and village back home. Also, Frank’s podcast reveals the mindset that allowed him to flourish in America. Click HERE to Listen.
Episode 5: Living a Life of Compassion featuring Sharron Burnett:
“We would always go to bed feeling forgiveness to one another…I don’t carry a lot of baggage.” - Sharron B.
To many of her students and staff, Ms. Burnett always modeled compassion, kindness, and integrity. In her podcast, Sharron reflects on the best lessons for her career in Education as well as the values she learned from her upbringing. One of Sharron's critical turning points in her life was learning to care for her mother who lived with the bipolar mental illness. Now enjoying retirement, Sharron blogs, travels, and enjoys spending time with her big family. Sharron has two grown daughters and seven grandchildren. Click HERE to Listen.
PODCAST APPRECIATION LAUNCH PARTY (11/10/2018)
In honor of all who have supported and encouraged me in helping me in the podcasting process, many of my colleagues, friends and family gathered together to celebrate the launch of the Working on the Inside Podcast and eat the best chocolate on yellow cake. Members of my Super Village in attendance: Sharron Burnett, Craig Casipe, Han Wright, Beth Martinez, Mike Whang, Frank Escueta, Vicky Escueta, Beverly Henderson, Kim Jones, Fred Miller, Jacob and Nico Miller.
Thank you to Principal, Jessica Tejada, and School Counselor, Priscilla Griffin, at Edgewood Elementary in Spring Branch ISD for inviting me to speak to their awesome staff during one of their Wellness meetings. On October 17th, I presented on Burn-Out Prevention and Self-Care. As a former School Counselor, I always enjoy meeting fellow Educators. School Teachers, Counselors and Administrators often operate in fast-paced, intense and stressful environments often leaving them with little time to breathe. Having positive connections with fellow colleagues, learning to practice self-compassion and engaging in mindful practices are critical in surviving the school year. I love my Educators!
On November 13th, I made a visit to Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus location in Katy where I presented "The Power of Self-Care: Keeping Healthy in Stressful Environments" among a wonderful group of operating room nurses during Perioperative Nurses Week. After we finished with our group meditation using the the Calm app, many of the nurses described feeling more relaxed as many had never done a guided meditation before. We were able to calm the mind and body. Thank you for all you do--we have to take care of our nurses!
"Mental resources like determination, self-worth, and kindness are what make us resilient: able to cope with adversity and push through challenges in the pursuit of opportunities." New York Times best selling author Dr. Rick Hanson shares the role resilience in everyday life and shows readers how to develop twelve critical inner strengths. In his research, Hanson integrates neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology.
About Tricia Miller
Tricia Miller is a Houston-based therapist in private practice at the Memorial Counseling Center where she works with adolescence and adults who need help with Anxiety, Depression, Life Transitions, Relationships, Identity, Self-Esteem and Stress Management. Since 2008, she has worked with individuals supporting, encouraging and empowering them through life's challenges. Outside the therapy room, Tricia considers herself a fitness enthusiast, proud foodie and movie buff. Tricia has been married for 11 years and has two boys.
Contact Tricia at firstname.lastname@example.org