Mixed Feelings Around the Holidays

Happy Holidays??? Hello! The Holidays are just around the corner, and it’s normal to have mixed feelings about this time of year. For some of us, this time of year is a blessing, full of anticipation and positive feelings. For others, it is a painful time. This is especially true if you’ve been through a […]

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Give Yourself a Compassionate Break!

  Are You Too Hard on Yourself?  Do You Have Trouble Showing Yourself the Same Grace and Understanding You Offer to Others? Most likely you’ve never been taught to handle being an imperfect human in a healthy way It’s been two years since my book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a […]

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Self-Compassion During Difficult Times

We Need to be Kind to Ourselves During Difficult Times Three weeks ago I had the joy of sharing my recent trip to our son’s wedding, made possible by the generosity of others. During my trip to Houston I met with a friend of mine, Jennifer Christian, who is also a counselor. She interviewed me […]

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The Power of Self-Awareness

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In order to have healthy relationships we need to be self-aware As we grow in self-awareness, we will better understand why we feel and behave the way we do. This new understanding gives us the opportunity and freedom to change those things we’d like to change about ourselves and our relationships. Self-Awareness: What do you […]

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Hints to Make Mother’s Day a Blessing

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away.  I’ve got a few hints that will help Mother’s Day go well this year. Mother’s Day is loaded emotionally…often filled with unmet expectations and disappointments. It is also a day that may bring pain for lots of reasons. Rather than ignore it, let’s look at it, and […]

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7 Ways to be Compassionate with Yourself


Building a Compassionate Relationship with Yourself is Life Changing You and your relationships will benefit as you take care of yourself and have a “compassionate you” to go through life with. Following are some ideas you can build into your life to continue developing the compassionate relationship that you have already begun. Stay Self-Aware Resist […]

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Learn to Give Without Resentment


Do you struggle with resentment? Do you sometimes feel like you are the one doing all the giving and sacrificing, while others around you aren’t doing their fair share? If the answer is “yes”, then you are not alone. I learned this concept many years ago when I developed a tool to help myself with […]

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Include Yourself in Your Life!

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  Part of developing a compassionate relationship with yourself involves including yourself in your life That may sound strange. Let me explain. So often, for a variety of reasons, we often make decisions about how to spend our precious time, energy, focus, funds, and effort without factoring in our instincts, needs, and desires for our […]

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Setting Healthy Boundaries with Myself


Everyone I know has trouble setting healthy boundaries, myself included! It’s easy to think about how hard it is to set boundaries with the challenging people in your life. What we sometimes forget, is how important it is to set healthy boundaries with ourselves. So that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you today.* […]

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Step Out and Seek Help for What Matters to You


I just took a bold step to ask for help I have a big goal that really matters to me. Our son is getting married in a little less than two months. We love his fiancé’ and are thrilled about their wedding. We’ve been planning a way to attend for well over a year. We […]

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