5 Ways to Bring Life-Giving Energy into your Life

Life can feel draining. You are stressed, you deal with unexpected situations, you face difficult people. Did you know that no matter what is going on around you, you have the ability to decide how to feel? Imagine what it would be like if you reacted differently. I know that sounds impossible. There was a time when I didn’t believe it myself. After all, you are human and experience emotions. Believe it or not, you are not bound by how you feel. Your energy … Continue reading

3 surefire ways to deal with a negative co-worker

We all have bad days. There are days when the stresses really get to you and you need to vent. Whether it’s about your job, boss, or even a client, you need a ranting fest to get all those frustrated feelings out. That’s normal. Venting is helpful and can even be cathartic. What about those who are experts at finding a negative slant in just about any situation? You know the ones I’m talking about. The co-worker that, no matter … Continue reading

5 Ways to be Thankful

The holidays are a stressful time. Your routine is off, family schedules get complicated, plans shift as you figure out who is going to do what for Thanksgiving dinner. No matter how organized you might be, it can easily become chaotic and confusing. To add to that, you have the emotional component of spending time with family. Though you love each other, you notice yourself and others quickly reverting to old patterns of behavior. Past hurts may resurface as adults … Continue reading

Are You an Overthinker?

One of the most common things people say to me is “I tend to overthink things.”  So I thought about that (recovering overthinker here).  According to dictionary.com, to “overthink” means to spend more time thinking about something than is necessary or productive.  In a world where we have access to an enormous amount of information, every thought and image has the ability to lead us into a path of self-destruction.  Our brains have literally become an addiction . . . … Continue reading

A Dad’s Influence

Over the last several decades, there has been a steady decline in the number of fathers participating in the rearing of their children.  The proportion of children living in two parent homes has dropped significantly where 1 in 3 children in the United States live with just their mother.  There is no doubt that the presence of a father makes a huge impact to a child.  Statistics show improvement in grades as well as a decrease in sexual promiscuity, teen … Continue reading

Spring: A Time of Renewal

Many people have an incredibly hard time during the winter months, particularly if they live in colder regions.  The short, dark days can trigger melancholic moods, leading to profound feelings of lethargy and pessimism.  Others may struggle with financial worries which quickly set in after the expense of the holidays.  Meanwhile, we all face pervasive trials that threaten to undermine happiness at any time of year.  Whether you are grieving the loss of a loved one, adjusting to the end … Continue reading

Our Inner Struggles

We all struggle with that internal battle between what we “should” do vs. what we “want” or “feel” like doing.  You know . . . it’s the whole “angel and devil on the shoulder” sort of thing! But, when someone is struggling with depression or anxiety, it can be paralyzing trying to figure out what to do.  With that, I often share the following story. This tale has been around for years but I have yet to be able to authenticate … Continue reading

It’s all how we look at it

The economy is tough right now, jobs are scarce, and families are struggling.  With the surplus from previous decades, it seems this decade proves to be more challenging. Unfortunately, since most of us hate change, we resist it.  We like things to stay the same, where we are secure in our predictable lives.  Although we are aware that change is inevitable, we often do not cope well when it happens.  But, knowing how to deal with the unknown and the … Continue reading