When is it OK to comment on people’s bodies? The short answer is never. We all know as a child those years are the formative years of our lives where the relationships and patterns of behavior can set the stage for our success or the things that we will attempt to overcome in our adult […]
It’s unclear when exactly New Year’s resolutions became a tradition for many. The first record of one came in a 1671 entry from the diaries of Anne Halkett, a writer and member of the Scottish gentry, contains a number of pledges, typically taken from biblical verses such as “I will not offend any more”. Halkett […]
New Year resolutions are ingrained in our culture. You would be hard pressed to find anyone who hasn’t heard of them and/or participated in them themselves. Typically, we come up with our resolutions around the time of the New Year celebrations and there are some fairly common ones. Typical resolutions include weight loss, changes in […]
Many years ago, I went through a dark season. I actually did not know how dark it was until I was on the other side of it. Nevertheless, I remember as that season was coming to a close, laughing really hard and it feeling weird. I have had other people since share a similar experience—mostly […]
It is impossible to feel upset when you are laughing. There is freedom, release and healing in moments of laughter. I have had seasons in my life where I purposefully watched funny movies or shows because I knew I needed to laugh.
Self-esteem is defined as confidence in one’s own abilities or self-respect. We all have self-esteem that has waxed and waned throughout our lives from various life experiences and choices that have lead us to have the belief and confidence we have in ourselves today. To help explain how self-esteem works, follow along with this analogy.
Are you one of those people who loves the holiday season, get togethers with family and friends, buying gifts, seeing the lights, spending time with those you love? Or are you one of those people who dreads the holidays, the spending time with loved ones, having to meet deadlines at work due to the shortened […]
The Holiday season is here. Most of us already recognize that this is a time where anxiety and stress seem to cling to the air and we can just absorb it. There are a lot of positive things about the holidays, but whether you love this time of year or dread it, you are going […]
Pessimist, optimist, realist. These are labels people use to describe themselves. I think, for me, at some point I have been each of these. I also think that realist is sometimes just a slightly lighter word than pessimist.
I cannot tell you how many times I have had clients sit in my office and recount negative and hurtful things their parents, partners or friends have said to them. Sometimes the hurtful words were uttered decades ago and the client will still remember every word verbatim.