Welcome to In This Moment Box! We are so glad that you’re here :) We are Brook and Bekah - two licensed therapists with a passion to make mindfulness more accessible and digestible to families.
Let’s back up a bit. Rewind approximately seven years ago when Bekah arrived to work at a place called Sand Ridge as a young, wide eyed intern and eventually met Brook, who was already working there. If you’re wondering, Sand Ridge is a civil commitment center for adult, high risk sex offenders. We know, it seems weird to jump from this to starting a business for families. Sand Ridge was a lot of things and, luckily for us, one of those things was a great research facility. This is where we both were introduced to the concept of mindfulness and began to see the benefits of it. In addition, we were working with individuals who were taught limited social/emotional skills as children. While working here, Bekah also gained expertise in trauma and went on to get certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Brook focused on shame resiliency and developed curriculum and groups around this. However, we continued to have conversations about how mindfulness would have been beneficial, not only for our patients as children, but ourselves as well!
We both have struggled with anxiety and depression throughout our lives and, looking back, can see how we were not taught skills that would have helped us be better prepared for these experiences. This information was not purposefully withheld from us, our parents simply did not have the knowledge themselves either. So, how could they be expected to teach it to us?
To clarify, mindfulness is the act of bringing our attention to the present moment on purpose in a kind manner. While this may seem easy, research has shown that the average person is engaged in the present moment only 50% of the time! While this may not seem like a big deal, research also shows that the present moment is where we are the happiest. Mindfulness has also been shown to improve self-awareness, emotional regulation, and just improve overall well-being. All things that we want everyone to experience! Despite all of these benefits, mindfulness is not readily accessible, especially to children and families. It can feel overwhelming to figure out how to implement a mindfulness practice for yourself, let alone for your children as well.
This is where we come in! In This Moment Box is the first subscription business that focuses on helping families implement their own mindfulness practice through crafting and fun. Each month focuses on a different mindfulness theme and includes a high quality craft for the child, a gift for the parent, poem reminders for both the adult and the child to stop and take a mindful moment, along with resources, tips and tricks! As two licensed therapists, we develop the boxes ourselves and utilize our clinical experience to make the information digestible and fun.
Speaking of fun, here are a few fun facts about Brook and Bekah:
- Both of us are very committed to our TV shows, including: Gilmore Girls, Schitt’s Creek, Parenthood and Friends.
- We love fast food.
- We both are terrible at keeping our cars cleaned. As a result, it is very obvious that we both love fast food if you ride in our cars.
- Bekah has a german shepherd and Brook has a black lab - therefore, in both of our homes, dog hair is both a condiment and a fashion accessory despite our best efforts (it’s gross, we know).
- Brook is a mom of 3 girls and Bekah is a devoted Aunt to 6 nephews and 1 niece.
- While we are similar in a lot of ways, we are also polar opposites in others. Brook is a coffee lover (often saying it is the reason she wakes up in the morning!) where Bekah cannot stand coffee and drinks tea. Brook loves hot weather and Bekah would much prefer cold.
You can learn more about us and our business at inthismomentbox.com as well as on our social media accounts! Our page includes resources and ways that you can implement mindfulness into your lives in a fun way. Be sure to follow us so you don’t miss out :)