Much of our world needs improving! While there are many who choose lives based on love, caring, and acceptance for all, there are others who encourage widespread hostility and even violence. People who have been taught to hold anger, distrust, and judgment in their minds and hearts for anyone different than they are, use these … Read More
“I Feel Like A Fraud!”
In one form or another, the idea that “I feel like a fraud” is something I’ve heard many times in my office through the years. My clients can be so hard on themselves! But it’s not just my clients. Feeling like we aren’t really who we pretend to be, is a feeling that we can … Read More
Are You Ready for a New Start?
Do you tell yourself that there’s no hope of your life getting better? Are you imagining that there are too many roadblocks in your way? Whatever your present situation is, it doesn’t determine your future. What do you want your life to look like? We all need a starting point, whenever we want something better … Read More
My Week of De-stressing and Recharging!
I really believe that, for the most part, we have a lot of power in our lives. That power comes from the everyday choices we make. Last week, I chose to take a week off from my counseling practice. I told my clients that I would be available if any emergencies came up, but otherwise … Read More
What Do We All Need?
So many people in this world feel alone! Sometimes our biological family is either unhealthy, unavailable, or just not enough to fulfill our needs for whatever reason. To give ourselves permission to create a chosen family, is to give ourselves the power to better meet our needs. It also gives us the power to be … Read More
Are You Frustrated When Resolutions Don’t Work?
When things in our lives aren’t working, we want them to change — now! We determine what needs to happen to bring about that change. We make resolutions to lose weight, start exercising, become organized, eat healthy, get more sleep, improve relationships, etc. We set ourselves up for failure by deciding to make changes … Read More
Walking In Nature Is A Great Stress Reliever!
Walking is guaranteed to lower your stress level! If you connect the physical act of walking, with being out in nature, you get even more of a positive impact. Almost all of the pictures you see on this blog are photos of nature. That’s intentionally done, because I’m hoping to entice you to get out … Read More
The Power of Our Beliefs!
This is such an empowering quote! Two definitions for belief are: “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists” and “trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something.” Can you see how powerful those concepts are? They’re the foundation for growth! It’s difficult to create what we don’t believe in! If you … Read More
How Many Times Can You Start Over?
My answer is that you can start over as many times as you need to! You get a new opportunity every morning. You’re given the gift of 24 hours — a blank slate for you to create whatever you want/need to create. Does it really have to be a negative that you’ve tried before, and … Read More
Emotional Protection Can Be Too Pervasive
“When we protect ourselves so we won’t feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart.” ~ Pema Chodron Please think carefully about this quote. It’s so important! Our defenses, up to a certain point, can help to protect us from harm. There comes a time, though, that … Read More