1. SLEEP!!! WHO NEEDS IT??

    The answer to this nagging question is really not controversial, in fact it is quite obvious that we as humans are not nocturnal creatures. On the contrary, we were created to live and function in the daylight.  I don’t know about you, but I was not born with “headlights”, just two very light sensitive blue eyes that always function better in the day light.   I am always amazed when I hear…Read More

  2. It’s Back To School Time! You know what that means? NO MORE SLEEPING IN! 

    This provides us the opportunity to talk about the importance of sleep hygiene. Sleep has become a problem of epidemic proportions in our society. I can not tell you how many people tell me that they have troubles falling asleep, staying asleep and feeling rested. Why is this so difficult? There are a few culprits for sure. Although I will always admire Thomas Edison for inventing the light bulb, …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. 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

  5. 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

  6. Sometimes, along with grocery shopping and cooking comes boundary setting…gobble, gobble 🦃

    Although we may have made it through Thanksgiving with our loved ones (and maybe even loved it!), there is still time to consider one’s needs in navigating the holiday season with extended family. Here are 5 things to consider to help navigate time with extended family at the holidays: 1 Start with some value clarification: this means suspending the “shoulds” of how you spend time with famil…Read More

  7. MARRIED, BUT FEELING ALONE??

    MARRIED, BUT FEELING ALONE?? Sadly, this is a frequently used expression as we work with couples in counseling. Married, yes, but yet experiencing a disturbing sense of “isolation”. Isolation is the opposite of “Intimacy”, so instead of experiencing a deep connection with a spouse, too often couples have lost ground over time and end up feeling lonely, separated and solitary even while yet…Read More

  8. We Have Three Brains, Not One!

    We Have Three Brains, Not One! That's right, we actually have three brains! The Primal, Limbic and Neocortex: these three brains work together, as one, to keep us alive. Each has a very distinct role and function, working interdependently to help us survive. I first learned of the Triune Brian when I was working for a non-profit, which specialized in helping at risk youth. I was a young counselor …Read More

  9. 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

  10. Steps to Help Manage Your Anxiety

    Steps to Help Manage Your Anxiety Many people struggle with anxiety. In fact, according to the National Institute for Mental Health, 40 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from some form of anxiety (NIMH ). 40 million! Keep in mind these are only people who have an anxiety disorder, and does not account for those who are higher functioning or who do not seek help. Those statistics are thro…Read More