Emotional Wellness

Projecting Fear

Fear is a big topic, one of my favorites. It’s instinctual, it comes up often spontaneously, and sometimes it’s so forefront of our thoughts that it keeps us from speaking and acting even when our best interest is at stake. What I’m writing about today is the...

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What’s Your Problem?

Whether it's the "bleeding heart liberals" or the "right wing fascists" or human rights, or animal rights, peace, war, Coke, or Pepsi, people have opinions! After all, we are entitled at the very least to have one! I had gone to pick up a dear friend of mine who upon...

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A Father’s Day Reflection

I grew up in a home where I was loved warmly by two parents...I am the fortunate beneficiary of parents who were, and still are, great supporters of my life, even if they don’t always understand my modes, tactics, and philosophies. Thank you both for the opportunity...

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How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?

We’ve all experienced loss in our lives – from missing out on a big opportunity to the death of a family member.  And we’ve all likely been hurt in relationships, many of us more than once.  This loss is not easy to deal with, and we often try to mask the pain from...

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Dealing with Family at the Holidays

Most people struggle with distress at the holidays. Days are shorter, the weather gets gloomier, media is full of commercialism, schedules get tighter, sleep suffers, food and drink are simultaneously less healthy and more available, and personal fuses get shorter. We...

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Every Ending Brings a Beginning

I have been contemplating the concept of death.  It was brought up on our spirit adventure trip in Costa Rica where one day we discussed what it meant to each of us.  And then just five days later I learned of a sudden death in my immediate family – my sister-in-law...

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Take a vacation!

Do you use your vacation time?  Studies show that up to 55% of Americans don’t take all of their paid vacation.  Vacation time is for filling up your personal fuel tank.  Your car wouldn’t run on empty, and neither do you (for very long anyway)!  It is important to...

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Dealing with (Di)Stress

Stress is inevitable in our lives.  We face a variety of stressors – work, family, finances, relationships, expectations, society, world events, lack of sleep, emotional trauma, traffic, etc.  Whenever we deal with uncertainty and change, it can bring stress.  Stress...

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The Avocado Lovers

How open are you in your partnership/relationship? I suppose I should define what I mean by "open"; being open is when you feel safe sharing deep concerns, emotions, problems, and hurts, along with inspirations, successes, congrats, thank yous, and kisses; it's...

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Triggers

We all have deep, conditioned beliefs about ourselves that were taken on very early in life and subsequently affect our relationships.  The way these form is that some trauma occurs that creates strong emotions for you. (Note that an experience doesn’t have to be what...

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