Values: What Direction Do You Want to Be Headed?

“Back to back meetings from 8-10, deadline for work on Friday, did I sign the field trip permission slip—wait—I think I’m chaperoning that field trip, dinner with the neighbors on Wednesday, hundreds of unanswered emails, pick up kids from soccer at 6, when was the last time I got my … Read More

Coping with Family Stress During the Holidays

The holidays can be a wonderful time of year, but it is not uncommon to have some stress about spending time with family members that get under our skin. While we cannot control those around us, we can control how we react to others. Here are some things to consider … Read More

The Power of Appreciation

“How many of us have had things taken away in life, only to appreciate it when it was gone,” is the opening line that Mike Robbins gave in his Ted Talk: The power of appreciation. In this TED Talk, Mike Robbins, a former professional baseball player, discusses the power of … Read More

Making Choices in Seasons of Change

Change can be exhilarating, fun, nerve-wrecking, and often times, just plain scary. A scary thing about change, is that it asks us to step into the unknown. Even if we know where we’re moving, or who we’re going to be in a relationship with, or have some of the blanks … Read More

Choosing Gratitude

Many of us make multiple surface level apologies everyday, often without even noticing. We say sorry for being late, for talking too much, for needing a moment of someone’s time, for asking a question. While there is significant value in an intentional apology when we have wronged someone, these passing … Read More

Is Stonewalling Wrecking Your Relationship?

Through his research, Dr. John Gottman found that distressed couples tend to use destructive behaviors in their conflict discussions, leading to destructive escalation. He calls these behaviors the four horsemen, after the Biblical four horsemen of the apocalypse. They include criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling.  In this blog, I’ll focus … Read More

Anger and Irritability Could Signal Depression

Most people are aware of the core depressive symptoms including feelings of hopelessness, intense sadness, lack of motivation, and loss of energy. According to some researchers, there is also a strong association between irritability and depression. In a recent article written by Nell Greenfieldboyce, a NPR science correspondent, she discusses … Read More

Hiring Veterans

Humans crave connection. Humans value a sense of belonging to a group. Veterans are a group of people who “get” belonging in a way that is much deeper than the average person. Whenever a veteran walks into our office or any community organization, they are intentionally seeking out belonging and … Read More

When Did You Decide You Weren’t an Artist?

Art has the power to change things. The process of making something physical gives us space to gain a fresh perspective on things we thought we knew like the back of our hands. We are visual people— from planning what we are going to wear the next day in our … Read More

The Importance of Awareness

AWARENESS is a word mentioned often, but is not practiced as frequently as it could be. Webster’s dictionary states the definition as “knowledge and understanding that something is happening or exists.” As controversial as the Austrian neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, was, credit needs to be given for … Read More