The gift of this moment is to be and to do what today needs… and to risk yourself to make today what it can be – and then be at peace with it. To open to, to allow what is… and to be loving and kind in the process. To hold onto hope, to the … More The Gift of This Moment
Recently, I was counselling a mother of two whose 16 year old son is using substances and currently not living at home. She talked about her own personal experience with trauma and abuse and how she went through her own substance use in her late adolescence. She looked at me and said, “I have learned … More Everything in Your Life is “D.E.A.L.Able”
I ate my Valentine’s chocolates in one shot. All 8 of them. All that is left is a bunch of crumbled tinfoil. Usually I am glad that it’s over. But Valentine’s has disturbed me this year. It’s made me realize that our planet seems to be leaking more than energy or oil. We are on … More As a Planet, Are We Losing Our Love?
It’s there, right beneath the surface. For me. For you. Stress. It’s not just in your head. It’s in your body, in your soul, in your relationships, in your work, and it is in your recovery… “Modern life exposes us to mild-to-moderate, but chronic, stress constantly — multitasking, juggling too many things, moving too quickly, … More Stress and Your Recovery
7 Dumb-ass reasons why Valentines Day makes me say “Thank You” ___ “Well, here comes another Valentine’s Day, the most perplexing..I don’t know what it is exactly. Is it a national holiday? Nope. It’s a “put pressure on your relationship” day.” Joe Doe I am not a romantic person and I am not a fan of … More How to Rescue Valentines Day from Perfectionism and Guilt?
Your most difficult experiences can be your greatest teachers. For article, “5 Ways That You Will Grow From Your Most Difficult Experiences,” click on photo
In the past few days, we have been talking about recovery and how to respond to difficult life experiences. This article is a little like a first aid kit for when you feel like you are ready to lose your mind because you are facing painful thoughts or emotions, difficult memories or trying situations. Can … More The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do When You Feel Like You Are Going to Lose Your Mind
Your most difficult experiences can be your greatest teachers. According to research, there are at least five ways that you will grow after trauma, challenging experiences with shame, depression or anxiety, or from addiction recovery. Appreciation and gratitude for your life, your work, your relationships and your experiences. Relationships with others, a deeper sense of … More 5 Ways that You Will Grow From Your Most Difficult Experiences
Growth and learning from your most challenging experiences can help you to excel ___ This article is part of my series on growth after trauma or other difficult experiences. For other related articles, see the links at the bottom of this article. • • • If you have faced trauma or other difficult experiences, more … More 4 Habits that will Make Your Every Day Experience More Valuable than College
This was not a fun article to write for me. I had to face my own tendency to take the safe route, to allow emotional triggers to ruin my day (and sometimes my week), and avoid the boring routines that add up to improved well-being. We all do it, I know. But that’s an easy … More Five Things that You Hate, but Need in Your Recovery… Right Now