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The new year is in full swing. How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? If the answer is Great! – well keep on rocking! Great job! If the answer is Not so good – let’s pause and take stock.  First and foremost, it should be noted that forging new and healthier habits is hard. […]

Regain Control: Reconnecting with Your New Year Resolution(s)

 You celebrated with your nearest and dearest! The New Year’s Eve celebrations are over.  It is time to set your sights on the year that lies ahead. If you are like most individuals, the first item on the agenda of your new year is probably one or a cluster of New Year’s resolutions.  According to […]

Get Real With Your Resolutions

Adult Counseling

The end of a calendar year ushers in a sense of hope and the desire for new aspirations. As we anticipate the new year, it is typical to set goals and “New Year’s Resolutions.” This is the perfect time to incorporate lifestyle changes as well as healthier habits.  Minimalism A particularly interesting lifestyle that appears […]

Minimizing to Maximize: Exploring the benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle

Women's Issues

gjoyjoy‘Tis the season for all things jolly and bright! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season is officially in full swing. This is the time of year for office parties, Friendsgivings, and just plain entertaining and mingling. It is no coincidence that this time of year is accompanied by high stress and triggers […]

A Holiday Wellness Check: Enjoying the season on your own terms

Women's Issues

As the parent of two preschoolers, it often feels like parental guilt is a staple in my day-to-day routines. I feel guilty for not offering my children Pinterest-worthy meals, accommodating their requests to eat cereal for dinner, allowing toys in bed for naptime…the list goes on. But perhaps my most cringeworthy struggle with parental guilt […]

The Unavoidable Guilt of Screen Time

Parenting

September marks Suicide Awareness Month across the globe. This is an especially important and vulnerable topic to address because the effects of suicide are far reaching. It touches many lives. I would like to take this time to highlight a segment of suicide awareness: Maternal Suicide. The organization, 2020 Mom, sponsors an annual Maternal Suicide […]

Maternal Suicide: Mom’s Are Not Immune

Adult Counseling

School is back in session for districts across the country. The start of the academic school year sets a number of actions in motion for parents: clothes and school supply shopping, new routines, preparation for fall extracurricular activities, and readjusting bed times. There are several aspects involved in transitions from lazy summer days to busy […]

The Back-to-School Reset

Childrens Counseling

Back to school reset

While growing up, my mother created poignant teachable moments using proverbs. One of my favorite sayings referred to an outlook on life. She often said, “the only constant in life is change”. This sage advice did not truly have meaning in my life until I reached adulthood. I am amazed at how quickly days and […]

How to Manage a Life Transition

Adult Counseling

“[…]  Pessimists can learn the skills of optimism and permanently improve the quality of their lives.” – Martin Seligman. Ph.D. My previous blog, Why Optimism Matters, established that optimism is pretty darn important. It can have a lasting impact on your health and overall well-being. Our mindset is powerful! Now that we recognize the importance […]

How to Incorporate Optimism: Step 1

Adult Counseling

“Pessimistic prophecies are self-fulling.” – Martin Seligman, Ph.D. The topic of optimism reminds me of the common quote: “Life is what you make of it.” How one recovers from life events makes a critical impact. My summer reading currently consists of Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life written by Martin Seligman, […]

Why Optimism Matters

Adult Counseling