Healthy Relationships Include Emotional Connection!

Emotional Connection in Relationships is Vital! We’ve been talking about how to Build Healthy Relationships for the last several weeks. We spent quite a few weeks talking about how important a strong sense of self is to forming healthy relationships, and explored how we developed our beliefs about ourselves and how to strengthen our relationships […]

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Healthy Relationships – Healthy Self vs. Distorted Self?

Healthy Sense of Self vs. Distorted Sense of Self?     Last week I shared how there are 7 types of mirrors that give us a reflection of who we are. They affect the way our sense of self develops. Today we’ll be digging in deeper to distinguish between a healthy sense of self vs. […]

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Healthy Relationships #3 ~ 7 Types of Mirrors Reflecting YOU

Your view of yourself is greatly influenced by the way others mirrored your thoughts, feelings and actions back to you This is part 3 of Pursuing Healthy Relationships…with God, Ourselves and Others.  Last week I shared that in order to have healthy relationships, you need to have a compassionate relationship with yourself. This begins by […]

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Pursuing Healthy Relationships #1 ~ A Strong Sense of Self

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Welcome! I’m Starting a Series Today Entitled: Pursuing Healthy Relationships…With God, Yourself and Others. I’ll be covering four important components of what it takes to have emotionally healthy relationships, and then apply what we learn to our relationships with God, ourselves and others.  I’ll also be sharing even more information during my every other week […]

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5 Critical Keys to Succeeding at Your New Year’s Resolutions

Want to Succeed at Your New Year’s Resolutions? Today it is my pleasure to have my friend and colleague, Susan Reynolds, MFT share 5 critical keys to help you succeed at your New Year’s Resolutions. You will be inspired by her personal story of success, and her practical tips. Hello, it is a pleasure to […]

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See the Beauty in You

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It’s so easy to miss the beauty around us A friend sent me a video on facebook a few days ago. It shows how easy it is to miss the beauty around us, including the beauty in you. I encourage you to watch or listen, and pay special attention to the wonderful message at the […]

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When Christmas is a Mixed Bag

A couple of weeks ago I couldn’t imagine writing this blog post But here I am…so I thought I’d keep it real. The last two weeks have been mixed – to say the least. Dec 1- 4  We went to So Cal to visit my 93 year-old father who has lung cancer, and my husband’s […]

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Warmth, Empathy and Respect…

Warmth, Empathy and Respect are so Important Two weeks ago I headed over to Western Seminary, Sacramento where I interviewed two students in the marriage and family therapy masters degree program. These students shared what they were learning in the program and how they were impacted personally and professionally in very positive ways. I have […]

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Does Being Kind to Myself Mean I Can Do Whatever I Want?

Does Being Kind to Myself = Do Whatever I Want? It’s been almost a year and a half since my book; Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend was released. It has been a joy to share with others through my blog, speaking, videos and social media how helpful and […]

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Gratitude Heals

  I’m sending you blessings as Thanksgiving is almost here in the USA. I wanted to write about how important gratitude is, especially if there are things in your life that make it hard to be grateful sometimes. I sat down to write, and I kept coming back to an amazing and encouraging post by […]

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