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30 June 2015
Category:
Self Improvement
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Be Vulnerable

When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would not longer be vulnerable.  But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable. –Madeleine L’Engle As Americans it seems we have placed too much emphasis on independence as a culture.  I’m not referring to […]


30 June 2015
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Signs of Being Stressed!!!

In most of our everyday lives we try to complete as many tasks as possible in a day. Usually with many task left incomplete or not even started. You get comfortable with the duties of a job, only to have your boss add additional duties to the list. We tend to do the same for […]


29 June 2015
Category:
Physical Health
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Laughter

“Laughter is inner jogging.” –Norman Cousins We respond all the time with LOL but are we actually doing so?  Laughter is a great stress relief and actually increases oxygen in the body like deep breathing and exercise.  It’s no wonder we are drawn towards funny people and things that allow us to have a good laugh.  […]


27 June 2015
Category:
Counseling
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Blogging…The New Front Porch

It could be argued that today’s American society is lacking in community compared to previous generations or other countries/cultures.  Young couples commonly raise their families without the benefit or support of having family living in the same town.  We don’t have barn raisings to help each other get started in life. Blogging is an accessible tool […]


26 June 2015
Category:
Communication
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Communication

  The basic difference between being assertive and being aggressive is how our words and behavior affect the rights and well-being of others.–Sharon Anthony Bower Sometimes we are un aware of our own power and influence on others.  Our professional roles and personal roles as parents or elders in the family create a power differential […]


26 June 2015
Category:
Self Worth
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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Safety

Once someone has obtained physiological needs, the next step up in Maslow’s hierarchy is to achieve safety.  Safety refers to physical, psychological and spiritual stability.  The ladies that enter the program that I work for usually do not have safety upon entering, but do after completion of the program.  When checking to see if someone […]


24 June 2015
Category:
Self Worth
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F.E.A.R.

The F.E.A.R. acronym that I grew up to was Fudge Everything and Run (non-explicit version).  It was plain and simple… run and hide from anything that was hard and possibly life transforming.  After all, I was comfortable in my bubble of no hurt or pain.  Was I being realistic though?  Of course not!  Who can […]


23 June 2015
Category:
Self Improvement
Comments: 1

Healthy and Unhealthy Ways to Manage Stress!!!

In a previous blog I discussed the signs/symptoms of stress.  While perusing the web, I came across this interesting article that discussed positive and negative ways of coping with stress. The article is on Helpguide.org titled Stress Management and written by  Melinda Smith, M.A. and Robert Segal, M.A. The article uses life stressors to make […]

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