1. Summer is here! Get your garden on!

    The summer season brings many opportunities to get outside and be active. It also isn’t too late to start a garden! There is nothing quite as calming and peaceful as gardening. If you have ever gardened before, you know the feeling of just being present with what needs to be tended to that day. There is just something miraculous about getting our hands in the dirt and actively participating with…Read More

  2. What is Self-Compassion and Why Should I Practice It?

    We have all heard about the importance of cultivating compassion for others (“Do to others as you would have them do to you”), but what about self-compassion? Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Self-compassion is turning that lens toward oneself (rather than minimizing one’s…Read More

  3. COMMITMENT, THE GLUE THAT HOLDS US TOGETHER IN MARRIAGE!

    It seems that so often today the idea of COMMITMENT in marriage has become somewhat of a negative term. I would like to propose commitment as something positive and rewarding. As I consider Genesis 2:24 where we read: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become now flesh” This word “unite” is used in place of the word “cleave”…Read More

  4. 8 Things To Consider When A Teen Has Two Homes

    Perhaps your family faces a situation where the child or children of the family have two homes. The transition of moving from one home to the other can be difficult on the child and as they grow into their teen years, it can be both difficult and negatively advantageous at the same time. The best circumstance for all parties involved is to try to co-parent. As some of you read this, you may be fee…Read More

  5. If Your Teen is Suicidal

    I know, none of us want to talk about this let alone think that our tween or teen could get to this point. It’s a tough topic to address for so many, yet I believe one of the most critical. I propose that while your teenager may be okay, he or she knows of someone who is not. It is an epidemic; and somehow our kids are living in a culture that has desensitized itself to it. More and more kids ar…Read More

  6. 6 Basic Principles For Making Good Decisions

    Life is full of decisions and it can feel overwhelming at times based on the sheer volume of choices available and decisions to be made… According to a Cornell University study we make around 226 different decisions per day just about food alone! And the number of choices available to us for both major and minor decisions has never been greater. Whether we’re deciding how to be entertained or …Read More

  7. Is My Teen Even Listening to Me?!

    Is My Teen Even Listening to Me?! Have you ever felt like you’re talking into a wind tunnel or as though you’re talking to yourself when, in fact, you’re trying to have a conversation with your teenager? Do you ever feel like they’d rather be anywhere else than be standing in front of you or otherwise being in the same room? If so, you are not alone. And welcome to the season of raising ad…Read More

  8. Simply being content.

    Nurture awareness. Stay focused on what you already have. Maybe even recognize the things you used to long for that now are yours. When we waste our thought and energy on wanting, we lose space to be thankful. I find it easier to shift my focus to being grateful then trying to stop wanting what I don’t have. When I am able to shift my focus slowly there is not space for comparisons and I find I …Read More

  9. Secure your Oxygen Mask First

    For those that have traveled via air, you have experienced the instructions at the beginning of the flight. Make sure your seat belt is tightly fastened, and if in the event of loss of pressure in the cabin, make sure you put on your oxygen mask before helping others. In that split second, I wonder how many women might give in to the temptation to put on the mask of all her family members prior to…Read More

  10. Why a Grateful Brain Is a Giving One

    Karen Bridges shares some tips from this article by Christina Karns (posted in Colorado Counseling Association update, Jan. 29, 2018) Research on the positive impact of gratefulness has grown considerably in the last eight years. Gratefulness is defined as thankful appreciation for what one receives, which may be tangible or intangible. Researchers such as Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman (University of …Read More