Hey everyone, Hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer! It’s been some time since I posted - just been living my life, mainly pain-free!! In the last number of months, I have worked very little on my TMS, only doing two things: repeating my mantra of “I am safe; I am not in any danger; I am not afraid,” anytime I get pain, and most importantly, giving a good fuck you to the pain and doing the activity anyway. Doing this has effectively eliminated most pain, and the worst pain has reduced drastically. One other thing I have done is just accepting and allowing, as Alan talks about, and not tring to stop the pain, but just not caring. This summer I have done these things: Went on vacation where I walked a lot and even hiked! Gardening - weeding and planting Exercised - danced, walked, rode a bike, hiked Watched grandkids - picking them up, playing with them, and running after them Been to the lake, where I paddle boarded and kayaked Shopped till I dropped Attended 3 parades Repainted some rooms And..the summer is not even over yet! In Novemeber, I head to Thailand with my hubby! Ok, that being said...I finally found a new job, after dilligently searching for 7 months! I start next Wednesday as a copywriter for a water treatment company. It’s 30 hours a week and has great pay and benefits. Of course, the old fears are returning about doing this job, mainly because the buck stops with me, as I am the sole copywriter for a nearly 40-year-old company and they are counting on me to write everything. Of course, I am just a tad nervous and my brain is picking up on it and giving me slightly more pain, and in fact, the shoulder pain I had with my last job. Coincidence? Nope. So, need some advice on how to tackle this. I know it’s my brain trying to protect me, but it’s not necessary, and need some suggestions on getting it to back down again with this new job. Mainly, I need a plan for the first month or so to focus on my new responsibilities and train my brain to accept that the job is not a danger. @plum @Alan Gordon LCSW @MindBodyPT @FredAmir TIA everyone!