Decision Making Guide

Once you’ve identified the type of decision you have to make, the next step is to actually make the decision.

Practicing Emotional Hygiene

It’s often what’s unseen that’s most important, so checking your emotional state should be as common as practicing daily hygiene.

Rape and Reconciliation: Part 2


In part 1 of this blog, we began to discuss Thordis and Tom’s journey through rape and reconciliation. Thordis’s era of shame was over, and she acknowledged that despite Tom’s actions or response, she deserved peace. It took Tom digging deep within himself to overcome his fear and denial to … Read More

Rape and Reconciliation: Part 1


Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger presented at a Ted conference together and had a heartfelt and courageous narrative of their journey to reconciliation around rape.  This journey began when they were 16 and 18 years old, with a high school romance and changed after one horrific evening. After one much … Read More

Making Stress Your Friend: Experiencing Stress Positively – Part 3


In the previous sections of this blog, we began exploring the health benefits the body experiences by simply viewing the body’s stress response (quickening heart beat, sweaty hands, etc) as helpful. In the last part of this series, we will investigate how the hormone oxytocin is a critical component to … Read More

How to Make Stress Your Friend – Part 2

In the second part of this blog series, we are going to discover the positive side effects that occur by having confidence in your body’s ability to handle stress. Harvard University conducted a study where participants were told before going through a social stress test about the possible signs that their body … Read More

Making Stress Your Friend – Part 1

Recently, I was listening to Psychologist Kelly McGonigal talk about stress. We all know that stress can be detrimental, and there is significant research that indicates its negative impact on health. However, stress is something that most of us experience a moderate to high amount in life. There are many … Read More

Making Your Twenties Count – Part 1

I recently watched a TED talk called “Why 30 is not the new 20” by Clinical Psychologist Meg Jay. In light of the summer beginning to wind down and high school seniors going to college, this topic was of particular interest to me. Meg Jay discussed why it is important … Read More