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27 February 2014
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Megan’s Divorce Rant

I love my job as a marriage counselor and praise God everyday for being able to do it. One of the downsides of my life’s work is dealing with divorce or pending divorce. Divorce is a destructive force with a root of selfishness and immaturity. Marriage is not about two separate people taking care of […]

26 February 2014
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Gottman Sound Relationship House Part 5

The next level in Gottman’s Sound Relationship House is called the Positive Perspective. Gottman says that happy couples have Positive Sentiment Override, meaning that they view their spouse in a positive way. Neutral actions are interpreted with positive meanings, and even negative actions are interpreted as “she’s just having a bad day.” In contrast, unhappy […]

25 February 2014
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I Need to Make a Decision!

When God created us, He gave us the ability to choose.  He could have designed us to act, react and interact according to how He wanted us to. However, he thought it might be best to give us options and choices.  Remember Adam and Eve? God placed them in this world and gave them access […]

22 February 2014
Self Improvement
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Are You Aware of the Happiness Secret? (Part 2)

If you read last week’s blog article regarding the Happiness Secret, Steven K. Scott, author of The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: King Solomon’s Secrets to Success, Wealth, and Happiness, pointed out five barriers that prevent us from being truly happy. This week, we will look at four ways to overcome these barriers and achieve […]

21 February 2014
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A No Regrets Life Principle 4: Leave Boldly

So this is my final week in my journey to a no regrets life. While reading the book One Month to Live I have revisited the importance of living with passion, loving others, and learning from my experiences. This week my final principle to a no regrets life is “leave boldly”. In reading this final […]

20 February 2014
Self Worth
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To Label or Not to Label, That is The Question !!!

      For years there has been an ongoing debate over the pros and cons in regards to the effects of labeling individuals with mental health disorders/disabilities.  From a therapist stand point, labeling is essential. It helps in defining the condition/ disorder which aids in ensuring proper treatment measures are taken. It provides insight […]

19 February 2014
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Gottman’s Sound Relationship House, Part 3

This is the third part in a series on John Gottman’s Sound Relationship house. The first part was about “Building Love Maps” (found *here*) and the second was about “Sharing Fondness and Admiration” (found *here*). The third level of the house is called “Turn Towards Instead of Away.” “Turning towards” means showing interest in the […]

18 February 2014
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Am I Being Abused?

The first step to getting help is recognizing that there is a problem.  Often people in abusive relationships do not see that the relationship is unhealthy.  There are honeymoon periods where things seem great and they enjoy spending time with the person they’re dating.  However there are moments filled with violence, verbal aggression, intimidation, and […]

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