No Regrets

“No regrets.” This phrase gets tossed around freely, both seriously and jokingly. The reality is, we’re all human, and will probably reach the end of our lives having felt regret at least a handful of times. We do, however, have some choice in the type of regret we feel, and … Read More

“It Wasn’t That Bad”: the Cost of Comparing Pain

“I didn’t have it as bad as other people.” This is a phrase I hear frequently in my office, from people with all kinds of backgrounds and stories. People who have experienced neglect or abuse over the course of their entire lives, individuals who have high pressure jobs such as … Read More

Give Yourself Time to Heal

Instant gratification is common in our society today. We can have our shopping delivered right to our door the same day we ordered it; we can watch tv shows instantly and without commercials, and we have emails and notifications delivered to our watches so we can have the responses instantaneously. … Read More

What Are ACE Scores?

ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences, a questionnaire created through a study done by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) along with Kaiser Permanente. ACE scores tally three different types of experiences: abuse, neglect, and dysfunction within the household, experienced before the age of 18. The original ACE study noted … Read More

A Buzzword Defined: What Does Trauma Really Mean?

We hear the word used conversationally—“that was so traumatic!”—and sometimes, it’s true. Yet, many forms of trauma don’t come up in conversation at all. What is trauma, really? In this series, we are going to take a closer look at what trauma means, its effects, and how we can move … Read More

More Than Happy: Cultivating Wholehearted Living

The pursuit of happiness: our country is founded on it, and our culture is fixated on it. But what if there is more to life than being happy? What if, at the end of our lives, we looked back to see if we had lived a full, abundant life? What … Read More

Sex Trafficking: Not Just Girls

The conversation around sex trafficking is becoming more common, as organizations such as the End It Movement work to shed light on an issue that is largely hidden in society. Even as the discussion of sex-trafficking expands, we’re still not getting the full picture. We tend to assume only women … Read More

What is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking. Most of us hear those words and think of an issue that is distant—something that happens in other parts of the world, or to other groups of people…Not something that could happen in our city, community, neighborhood, or family. Unfortunately, the reality is, the issue is much closer … Read More