Touchstones to Sanity Part 2 – we are here for you – Episode 32 #lioness

We love being touchstones to sanity for you. Is there anything we can do to help you become a touchstone to sanity in your world?

In response to Juli’s poignant compliment about how Michele and I are offering touchstones of sanity through our podcast and through these blog posts, we wanted to discuss how we got here. How it is we are able to ride the storm as smoothly as we are… so far, anyway. Besides having a good buffer of toilet paper (without being hogs about it), we have psychologically developed a deep sense of strength and balance through our JBL community over the last 3 years.

We want to share some of our habits and practices with you so that you can weather your storm better by reinforcing your own subcultures of wellness, or by starting your own subculture of wellness.


  • attribution – JBL, subculture of wellness, is an oasis
  • honor, feed the COW (see below)
  • routine vs novelty, having a healthy combination of both
  • projects, communication that keep us in communication with positive people
  • being more present in your body
  • jet fuel in my cereal – more emotionally literate, conscious of what we bring to conversations, understanding
  • being more patient with people who aren’t in a personal growth mindset
  • watching people spin their wheels
  • accepting anger and impatience
  • emotional color wheel
  • Michele’s elephant doodle, daily routine, 20 minutes of art in 2020

Excerpt from yesterday’s blog post

Two nights ago, Michele and I talked about prioritizing self-care and structuring self-care activities. We shared our blog/ podcast at Facebook and at LinkedIn, and our friend Juli gave us our favorite testimonial so far:

Thank you for these touchstones to sanity!

Juli Jordan

We wrote a letter of appreciation to Juli and all of you in yesterday’s post.

Question for you: If you could have it all your way, how would you incorporate these 3 possibilities into your daily life?

  • feeding your container of worthiness
  • inclusive compassion
  • mutual admiration society

Please post your answer in the comment section below, or go to and leave us a voice message. Thank you so much for all of your comments, likes and shares! You are letting us know that we are making a difference and we really appreciate you for that.

Debbie and Michele

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Happy Debbie at JBL Village

Debbie Happy Cohen, author and coach, is also the founder of Joy-Based Living. Her Master’s Degree is in counseling, specializing in family systems, healing emotional trauma, and practical spirituality. Also affectionately known as Happy D! and Reverend SASSY SHORTS!, she lives on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her books include Reach Your Stars!SANCTUARY, It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year, and I Don’t Think So!  You can find her blogging at

Michele Stone is a professional artist in Tampa, Florida as well as a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She teaches classes for children and seniors and also curates art exhibits at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Masterpieces with Michele, LLC is her company where provides painting parties for adults at their workplaces.  You can watch her videos and subscribe to her youtube station here.


This podcast is for all you moms and dads out there freaking out about what to do with your children for the next 2-4 weeks, while we are all quarantined. We plan to do a whole series of refreshing topics and life hacks to keep the stress and frustration down to a minimum. They will cover a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, doodling, navigating challenging times, resistance and so much more. Please leave a comment and I might draw out a doodle for you!! 


This podcast is CLEAN LANGUAGE AND KID FRIENDLY. I am swearing to give up swear words during these podcasts because your young ones are at home and you need this info to be heard and shared freely!! We want you to be a great lioness during these times. We want to help you you be the calm amidst the storm. We know how much you love your kids and we know how much you care.

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