1. Bree Emery Shares Her Favorite Quotes

    This blog is going to be a bit unorthodox.  In the midst of an intense time for girls, women and all people of this land, I am going to use the words of others to share some insights because, as Neitzsche once said in The Twilight of Idols, “That for which we find words is something already dead in our hearts.” “What a woman needs is not as a woman to act or rule, but as a nature to grow, a…Read More

  2. Practice Gratitude

    Gratitude is when we are able to stop looking for the things we don’t have and be grateful for the things we do have. When we express gratitude it can show so many benefits; strengthen relationship, improve health, reduce stress, and increase resiliency. A frequently used method to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. To start you can pick a time during the day to simply recognize …Read More

  3. Blended Families during the Holidays

    It is the beginning of November and holiday season is right around the corner. For the blended family, we take a deep breath and get ready for the whirlwind of events and transfers of children. Like many families, ours is more of a family bush than a tree! We have divorces and remarriages on both sides of our family which makes the holidays for our blended family even more adventurous. There are t…Read More

  4. What Is Self-Care, and Why Is It Important?

    “I feel like I’m doing everything around here.” “I feel taken advantage of.” “I don’t feel supported by you.” “All you do is nag me and tell me what I’m not doing or what I’m doing I’m doing poorly.” Can you relate to any of those sentiments? Agreeing on roles in the home is one of the most challenging things husbands and wives face, especially when they become parents. I…Read More

  5. “Supposed To”

    Each of us are running our own race. We have a path set out before us that has mountains and valleys and everything in between. We are surrounded by distractions and busyness that keeps our mind racing toward what is next. Often times, the words that appear are “supposed to”. They can be used as a way to put unrealistic expectations on ourselves or others. They can also be used to describe how…Read More

  6. Waiting on Wilderness

    Different circumstances/reasons wilderness seasons exist in our lives... Disappointment Failure Death (friend or loved one or pet) Loss (job, relationship, home, possessions) Divorce Life transitions (starting school, leaving home, marriage, first child, end of childrearing, widowhood) Chronic pain Attachment wounds Head injury Infertility Car accident Trauma to a loved one Extended illness Grief …Read More

  7. Some Insights Into Self-harming Behaviors

    On a regular basis, I am presented with folks who are bewildered when faced with a loved ones self-harming behaviors.  “Why would they do this to themselves?”  “Why won’t they just stop?” “This type of behavior just doesn’t make any sense!”  These are all questions and exclamations I hear on a regular basis.  Thus, I would like to attempt to provide a bit of insight into what s…Read More

  8. Don’t Judge Yourself | The Good and Bad About Chasing Dreams

    “I want to be a movie star.” “I want to be a rock star.” “I want to be a world renown author.” “I want to be the best parent.” “I want to be the best spouse.”  Why not?  What’s wrong with having lofty dreams? The answer - maybe nothing. Maybe you should go for your dreams.  Maybe you need to stop making excuses and go for what you want. So what holds us back from going aft…Read More

  9. 3 Reasons Why People Don’t Forgive

    Most of us agree that our lives would be better if we could forgive those that have hurt us. So why don’t we? Below are three of the most common reasons people choose not to forgive.   I don’t want to send the message that what happened was okay. Forgiving someone does not mean you are okay with what happened.  Forgiveness has little to do with the hurtful act itself.  In most situation…Read More

  10. The Power of Forgiveness

    Age, socioeconomic status and ethnicity do not seem to matter when it comes to the power of forgiveness.  We all need forgiveness, but we all seem to struggle with it.  Whether it’s our inability to accept or give it, we have a hard time dealing with forgiveness. All too often people want to “move on” from a hurtful situation without truly addressing the wound.  In fact, some people belie…Read More