The Election Aftermath

November 10, 2016anxiety, connections, depression, fears, stress

Our election is over!  I was looking forward to having the mean-spirited, contentious campaigning behind us.  Like so many others, I was very tired of all of the harsh political ads, and the biased, angry social media posts.  I wanted to have the election process done.  I wanted our focus to return to more normal, … Read More

What Are Your Dreams?

November 3, 2016change, choices, depression, empowerment, fears, self-image

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”  What an empowering quote!  As we grow older, many of us have the tendency to close the door on our dreams.  We tell ourselves that it’s too late now to go back to school, to take up a new career, to start an interesting … Read More

Life’s Lessons

September 15, 2016anxiety, choices, empowerment, resiliency

This quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is all about freedom.  It’s about the freedom to make mistakes, to learn from them, and  to grow with each experience.  It’s not about standing on the sidelines of life.  It’s about taking chances.  It’s about stepping out from behind your  fear of doing something wrong, and celebrating your … Read More

Here’s What to Do When You Can’t Sleep

September 8, 2016anxiety, blessings, fears, sleep issues

I so often encourage my clients to focus on what they’re grateful for, instead of always focusing on what isn’t going right in their lives.  The other night, I was having trouble sleeping.  My mind was stuck on worry about an elderly friend who has been very ill for quite awhile.  I wrote about her … Read More

Life’s Tragedy Isn’t Always Seen

August 26, 2016change, choices, empowerment, self-image, self-talk

As a Santa Barbara counselor, I often sit with people who have settled for “what is,” instead of “what could be.” They’re unhappy.  They’ve lost their zest for life.  There’s no sparkle of enthusiasm in their eyes.  At some point they’ve turned away from their passions, away from their hopes and dreams. There are lots … Read More