• Relationships
  • Responding to Other People’s Negative Emotions: Sometimes You’re Just Tree #4

    Sometimes you’re just tree #4 in someone else’s life.  This anecdote from Bob Goff’s Everybody, Always, really struck me. What Is Being Tree # 4? I’m not the hero or the villain, I may just be tree #4, part of the scenery in someone else’s life.   At the grocery store I asked the woman bagging […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • Uninvited Guests: Negative Emotions and How to Coexist

    It’s inevitable. Anger, frustration, irritation, defensiveness, powerlessness, fear.  These negative emotions are going to come into your daily life uninvited.  Some will be frequent guests that wreak havoc on your life and cause tremendous stress.  You just want them to leave, but they won’t go.  Others will be occasional guests that reveal issues you didn’t […]

  • Mommyhood & Family Time
  • 5 Ways to Calm Down in the Moment for Overwhelmed Moms

    Sometimes it feels like you’re up to your eyeballs swimming in stress, treading water in sludge you just can’t push past and you’re tired, so tired. It’s okay. Sometimes we need to sit down and have a heart to heart. With ourselves. We’ve All Been There And that’s what I had to do because there’s […]

  • Words to Refresh, Inspire, and Encourage
  • The One Thing Getting in My Way of Contentment

    Guilt. I didn’t do enough crafts with my son.  I got bored playing for hours with him and wanted to enjoy and relish the time more.  I could write more, read more, crochet more.  I could work out.  I could use my time better. So many things I could be better at.  So many things […]

  • Inspiration & Encouragement
  • What Venting and Negative Thinking Steals Away from You

    A while back I had to attend a presentation that I wasn’t particularly excited to go to.  It was something I was required to go to, but had no say in the content.  It wasn’t on a topic that thrilled me either.  Thoughts of how the time at the presentation could be better spent and other […]

  • Words to Refresh, Inspire, and Encourage
  • Climbing the Ladder of Life: Coping with Shortcomings in Yourself and Others

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    We all know we have shortcomings.  We see it in our family, coworkers, friends, and drivers on the road. It causes frustration, hurt feelings, and can just bring an overall negative vibe to our day. So how do we regain positivity in our day? Picture a Ladder I don’t know when negativity crept into my […]

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  • How to Cope When People Say Hurtful Things

    At one time or another most of us have encountered someone who is critical, judgmental, or just mean: a colleague, a loved one, a friend, or even a stranger. For a lot of us, what they say can make us defensive, perhaps angry, and often sad. How do you deal with their negativity?  I know […]

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  • What is Hypnosis Like? Your Questions Answered.

    Karen Gray, licensed nurse and hypnotist, invited me to learn about hypnosis.  Always fascinated by the brain and psychology, I jumped at the chance to learn how the procoess worked.  I thought back to the magic hypnotist shows and thought: Is it like that? What Does a Hypnosis Office Look Like? I arrived at her office […]

  • Words to Refresh, Inspire, and Encourage
  • 6 Solutions to Improve Your Teen’s Homework Completion

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    To solve this frustrating dilemma we need to get to the root of the problem: Why do they not turn in homework? As a middle school teacher I’ve seen many reasons why students do not turn in their homework.  I’ll go over the main ones I see and give you strategies to tackle the problem.  […]

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  • How to Not Procrastinate…and Get More Done.

    There are things in our lives that need to be done, but for whatever reason, we put it off.  Here are some ways to help you work through that, make progress, and move on. Determine What You Procrastinate For me I let the shredding pile build up.  Who wants to take time to shred ten […]