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Permission To Retreat: Granted

For many, these next couple of weeks will be a whirlwind. You may be busy with gatherings or travel, preparing to host groups of family and friends, or doing your best to take good care of yourself as your heart aches from missing loved ones who have passed or from the ...

Are You Fed by the “Fix”?

On a client call, Mary* talks to me about her desire to broaden her photography skills as a way of expressing her creativity. "I really love taking pictures, and people often comment on how good I am at it. The idea of diving deeper into this hobby gets me really excited!" This ...

Struggling to Celebrate Others?

Melissa and I were recently watching "MasterChef Junior" -- a tv show where young (I'm talking 8-13 year-olds) at-home cooks compete for the title of MasterChef Junior, a huge trophy, and $100,000. As we watched the kids having their dishes evaluated, we were struck by the other contestants' attitudes. "I love how the ...

Keep the Gratitude Going

With Thanksgiving in the States this week, there's a lot of buzz about gratitude as people pause to consider what they're thankful for. On social media, you'll find a lot of the similar entries: family, friends, pets, health. Some different ones I saw this year included "my hobbies," "my dreams," and ...

Does Happiness Scare You?

It's been just about two years since I started my healthy living/weight loss journey, and I'm still learning to take it one day at a time. The first year was great! It was filled with mostly successes and significant weight loss, which kept me plugged in and motivated. I was ...

6 Steps for Navigating Contentious Conversations

These days, with communication happening across many avenues like texting, social media, voice mails, etc, much can get lost in translation. Virtual modes simply can't express tone no matter how many emoticons you use. These modern tools have made us impatient in our dialogue, making us often speak in bullet points when more is ...

How To Expand Your Vision

We recently had friends visiting us from London, and as we strolled around our small, quaint city, it was fun to hear their comments. "Look at all these wooden houses. And all the different colors!" "Everyone is so happy here." "I love how clean everything is." Showing them around turned us into tourists in ...

Don’t Wait for a Diagnosis

Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard had planned to take her last breath on Saturday, November 1, 2014 -- two days after her husband's 30th birthday. However, just today she decided she's still feeling good enough to stick around a bit longer. (11/3/14 Update: Brittany did end her life on November 1. 2014. May ...

Look for Love Within First

Recently, a young woman trash-talked me in a Facebook group when she misunderstood my post. We went back and forth a bit on the group page, and then moved to private messaging. As I tried to explain my post to this person who clearly had no interest in finding a common ground, ...

Shut Off the News

I can't remember the last time I watched the news. There's no way I'm letting that poison into my system. It's almost always negative any way, but throw in some Ebola and mid-term elections here in the US, and it's all out pandemonium. This is not to say I bury my ...

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