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Examples of Healthy Boundaries

Boundaries, Part 2: Examples of Healthy Boundaries

In last week's blog post, we introduced the idea of boundaries.  To recap, boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave towards them and how they will respond when someone passes those limits. They are built ...
Boundaries - Why In The World Are They Important?

Boundaries: Why In The World Are They Important?

Your decisions are disregarded. You take on the blame for something that is not your fault. You feel frustration or resentment about how others treat you. You experience shame. You frequently justify others’ behaviors. Most of us have experienced one or more of these in our lifetime. And many of ...
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“Positive Vibes Only”: The Danger of Toxic Positivity Culture

I am sure you have heard generally well-meaning phrases like “everything happens for a reason” or “it will all work out in the end.” I am also sure that the friend or confidant who conveyed the phrase meant well. Or perhaps you yourself uttered those words of encouragement to a ...

The Struggle Is Real: Navigating the Unknown as the School Year Approaches

Whether or not you have children or work as a teacher, without a doubt you are privy to the current struggles and challenges related to the rapidly approaching school year. As the mother of four young children, my husband and I have spent a lot of time lately considering our ...

Overcoming the Fear of Change

Understanding the 5 stages of change How do you respond to change?  Do you embrace it with all that you have or do you avoid it at all costs?  Can I be honest with you?  Change is inevitable.  And no matter how good you might think you are at avoiding ...

Being OK with Surviving

When you think of being in “survival mode,” what comes to mind? Surviving on scraps, you find in the wilderness? Jumping at every sudden noise with a knife in hand?  While these dystopian images may seem not far fetched for some, being in survival mode may encompass far more than ...

Coping: Healthy or Unhealthy?

Life is full of stress.  Some of the stress on us comes in the form of the positive (eustress) and some in the form of the negative (distress), however regardless of the type of stress we are constantly navigating stressors in our lives.   In order to endure and triumph ...

Jesus and Anxiety: faith and struggle are not mutually exclusive

I love Jesus. And I also struggle. I am no stranger to fear and worry and anxiety. For years I was told things like “just trust God more” and “worry is a sin” and “you should pray more”.  And yet despite a love for the Lord that resonates to the ...

A New Normal? Navigating Feelings About the World Opening Back Up.

Over the past two months, we have collectively experienced a first.  For most of us, we have never lived through a pandemic and all that comes with it.  We have examined how to adjust to the changes, looked at how to manage our anxiety in the midst of it all, ...

Making Mental Health a Priority in the Midst of Financial Uncertainty

According to a recent Gallup poll, 50% of Americans say that their financial situation is getting worse.  The unemployment rate is sitting at 14.7%, the highest rate this country has seen since the days of the Great Depression.  According to nerdwallet.com, a stock market downturn may escalate into a stock ...
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