Relationships

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

5 Tips for Surviving Family Drama During the Holidays

The holidays are fast approaching. Warm fires, yummy pies, comfort food, long-held traditions. These are the things that so many of us look forward to and enjoy about Thanksgiving and Christmas. But there are also those of us who dread the holidays. For some, the holidays mean facing some messy family drama. As a society, I think we like to assume that the holidays mean cozy families huddled around a table in a room full of laughter. The truth is, for many of us, the scene is much different. There’s conflict, broken relationships, deep-rooted hurts, etc. Stress clouds the joy.  For some,...

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The Single Valentine

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Holidays, Mental Health, Relationships | 0 comments

The Single Valentine

These days, Valentine’s day seems like it has taken on a life of its own with the all the commercial hype! For many of us this is fine, it is a fun excuse to celebrate our love and/or relationship. However, for those who don’t have a significant other this can be a hard time of year. All the hearts, flowers, candy, etc. can be a painful reminder of something that you are missing. I understand, I have been there before. I remember one Valentine’s Day before my husband and I started dating where it seemed like all of my friends were in serious relationships. I was dreading...

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Engage In Life

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Blog, Featured, Mental Health, Parenting, Relationships | 0 comments

Engage In Life

A few years ago, I started a new job with a health system right before my birthday.  So I was surprised when my new boss gave me a really nice birthday gift: a purple long-sleeved pullover with the phrase “Engage in Life” embroidered on the front.  (I think it was leftover from a cancer fundraiser, but since all of my previous work experience was with non-profits, I was just excited to get something for my birthday besides a card!) I wear the pullover all the time now and I love to think about the phrase “Engage in Life” every time I notice it in the mirror.  It reminds me to stay involved...

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Holiday Traditions

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Featured, Holidays, Parenting, Relationships | 1 comment

Holiday Traditions

What holiday memories do you have from your childhood?  They are likely tied to family traditions.  When I was growing up, my family lived far away from our extended family members, so we were almost always traveling on Christmas Day.  So unlike many of my friends, whose grandparents, aunts, and uncles all lived nearby, we didn’t have the tradition of waking up at home on Christmas morning, opening presents, then heading for brunch at my grandparents’ house.  Instead, we sometimes had “Christmas morning” (in other words, the opening of gifts from Santa– I mean, my parents) on an...

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Using Technology to Revive– Not Destroy– Your Marriage

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Relationships | 0 comments

Using Technology to Revive– Not Destroy– Your Marriage

Every year, thousands of couples seek marriage counseling to help improve their relationships.  And with all the new technology popping up over the past few decades, we’re seeing new trends in why couples seek help.  Social media allows people to connect in ways and at speeds that weren’t possible until recently, but that opportunity comes with a responsibility.  Many affairs begin by people being secretive or irresponsible with their connections with people.  Communication between spouses is jeopardized when each person is more focused on their phone or TV screens instead talking to...

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Living Life in Community

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Relationships, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Living Life in Community

The other day I posted this quote from Albert Einstein on our Facebook page “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” Who knew Albert Einstein was also so emotionally intelligent? You see, I agree with this quote…we are made to live with and for others! The problem is our society tells us otherwise. Our society tries to convenience us of one of two lies. The first lie is that we already to have a strong support system. We are so easily “connected” to the world around us that it creates a false sense of community. We can share our joys,...

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