“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward Let’s Check In! Are you feeling the gratitude this month? How did you do with last week’s challenge to write down two things you are grateful for each day? Did you find it easy? Hard? Were you […]
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Gratitude Monday: Keep It Simple! Try A Gratitude List.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” ~Willie Nelson A Month of Gratitude This November, we are practicing a month of gratitude. Each Monday, we want to share a new gratitude practice with you! Ongoing research suggests that gratitude activities may improve life satisfaction (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005). Last week we […]
Gratitude Monday: How Do You Score? Try A Gratitude Questionnaire.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey How much gratitude do you have in your life? Are you looking for more? As we intentionally grow our gratitude practice this November (more about that in this […]
November: A Month of Gratitude
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~Eckhart Tolle This November, we’re choosing to focus on gratitude. November seems like a perfect time, and not just because of the American practice of celebrating Thanksgiving. As Dr. Sarah and I have mentioned in previous posts (here and […]
Finding Balance This Fall: Simple Strategies To Bring Your Life Back Into Balance
Ah, fall! Growing up in Michigan, fall was always my favorite time of year. The air smelled different: often crisp, sometimes smoky. The leaves turned bright colors. We headed back to school (yes, I was one of those that loved school) and the cider orchard had juicy, flavorful apples and a seemingly endless supply of […]
The College Series: A Simple Strategy To Survive College For First Year Students
Dear New College Student: Congrats! You have made it through that magical, frustrating experience that is high school and are headed off to college! Here is a simple strategy to survive college: Take It Slow Didn’t see that one coming? I know. I’m sure everyone in your life is telling you that “these will be the […]
The College Series: Letting Go. Four Things Every Parent Needs To Practice When Their Student Leaves For College
Letting Go For the last 18 years or so, a main part of your identity has been about being a parent. You’ve been known as “Emily’s mom.” Your days have been structured around your child’s schedule: what time school begins, what lunch needs they have, what time you have to get to practice, and what groceries […]
The College Series: 5 Ways to Be (The Best Version Of) Yourself!
Dear College Student: Congrats! You are now a college student! All grown up and moving out and so very ready to start the next chapter of your life! One piece of advice: be yourself. Here’s the scene: It’s your first day on campus for Orientation or Week of Welcome: everyone arrives on campus checking out […]
The Wounded Healer
During my early years in graduate school the faculty encouraged us to engage in our own self-exploration and therapy. I knew this was a good idea. I even tried to find a therapist, but I ran into one big problem. The more I knew about the therapeutic process the more difficult it was to find […]
Slow. Gentle. Grounded. A Guide to Radical Self-Care!
To continue my quest for balance, self-care, and getting my needs met I developed a mantra: Slow. Gentle. Grounded. This post is a peek into my journey with self-care along with some ideas how to take care of yourself as well. Slow. I was laying on my acupuncturist’s table feeling a lot like a pincushion when […]
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