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big day today!

"big day today"
is what my dad would say

Hello I am Dr. Rene Mooney, the owner of Storybook Wellness. Thank you for joining me in my storytelling. I will share many stories here. Stories of resilience, hope, laughter, heartbreak, mis-steps, wellness, and loss. I will share words rich with experiences and metaphors. I will share information and research. I will be real, true, and vulnerable. These stories will not be made up of one particular thing. They cannot be. I am not one thing, and neither is Storybook Wellness.

“Big Day Today” is what my dad would say over and over as he was flashing the lights on and off EVERY DAY as he woke me up when I was a teenager. You can imagine my annoyance as I would grumble and pull the covers over my head. Now that saying “Big Day Today” permeates me, my siblings, and our children’s lives in so many ways. “Big Day Today” has officially reached the Epic Dadism Status –forever ingrained in our family for generations to come. Thanks Dad and Congratulations.

Big Day Today was my dad’s message to his children as they started their ordinary day because he didn’t want us to treat any day as ordinary. He wanted us to walk out into the world everyday with purpose and intention. He wanted us to be true to ourselves and others and to work hard. I also think that he enjoyed annoying us a little bit but maybe that’s just me. Anyway it worked. As an adult I often wake up and say to myself or my husband, “big day today.” It centers and grounds me and, of course, I also say it to my children (maybe even with some flashing lights now and then).

But let’s face it. Some days ARE bigger than others. Today is one of those days!! Today, Storybook Wellness opens to serve clients here in Thief River Falls. I am so excited to share all the hard work we have put into creating beautiful and healing spaces here at the Center and serving our community by forging paths of wellness together.

Everyday is a big day. Grasp it, honor it, make it matter.


Thank you all for reading. If it feels good to you, please comment and share one of your favorite Dadisms or your thoughts on this post.

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