We shouldn’t need a special day to think about our blessings, but Thanksgiving does tend to turn our thoughts toward being grateful. It’s easy to do that when things are going well. But what about when we’re overwhelmed with struggles? I think that’s when remembering to count our blessings is more important than ever! Our … Read More
Our Protective Walls
When we’ve been hurt too many times, we tend to build protective walls around our vulnerable hearts. The more pain we’ve experienced, the stronger we build our walls. It makes sense! But what we construct to keep the pain away, can also shut out the joy. I work with my clients to build their own … Read More
Creating a Community of Your Own!
It doesn’t feel good to feel alone, particularly when you’re going through a rough patch! Yesterday, I met with Amy Orozco, who’s a wonderful writer and the editor of Carpenteria Magazine. As we sat talking, our conversation shifted to how important a sense of community is — having people we know will be there for … Read More
Appreciate the Moments of Your Life!
I so often encourage people to appreciate all the moments that they’re given, because life can change in an instant. Our family has learned that the hard way, as we’ve gone through many traumatic times together. We’ve had loved ones battle cancer and other serious health crises, and grieved unexpected family losses from tragic accidents … Read More
My Walk Down Memory Lane
I’m away on my sentimental journey this week and next. Today, I spent several hours in the little town of Knoxville, Illinois. My grandmother spent her whole life here, and I spent quite a bit of my childhood visiting her. It was a magical place to me as a child! There was a wonderful lake … Read More
My Sentimental Journey Back Through Time
Lately, I’ve been very busy getting ready to take a trip back to Illinois. It’s where I grew up. There’s a part of me that’s still a “Midwestern girl,” although I’ve lived in California for many, many years, and love it here. I’m leaving this Saturday, and I’ll be gone for two weeks. I expect … Read More