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Archives for February, 2016

Hope

Today I Love That Monday Is My Day Of Rest

Snow dust

Today I love that Monday is my day of rest, or so it seems to be. I love that my weekend was so busy. I love all the words and all the music and all the social interaction that comes with all of that. I love that my writers' group has somehow managed to luck into a connection to an amazing retreat spot and that we can afford...
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Overcoming Perfectionism

There’s No Such Thing as a Perfect Parent


 

As parents, we always try to do the best we can for our kids. We want them to be healthy, happy, successful. We also want to be at our best so we can set a good example. But sometimes our good intentions go sideways. Sometimes our goal of being a great parent turns into trying to be a perfect parent. And our goal of raising great...
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boundaries

The People-Pleaser’s Guide to Saying No


 

Mark is in over his head. He's a high school math teacher, stays late every afternoon to give extra help, and leads his son's cub scout troop. And since no one else volunteered, he agreed to head up a fundraiser for new library books. His neighbor asked him to tutor his son in geometry. Mark was about to say yes when his wife gave him the "death stare." You know, that look...
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Assertiveness

Why You’re Saying Yes, When You Really Mean No


Your coworker asked you to work late for him on Friday. As soon as the yes was out of your mouth, you regretted it. You have plans to go see that new Leonardo DiCaprio movie with your girlfriend. Now, you're going to have to cancel on her.

You were invited to have coffee with some of the moms from your daughter's class. The only problem is you have...
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10 Hacks for Preventing Burnout


Jason came to see me looking for help managing his anxiety and stress. He practically lived at the high-tech start up company where he worked. He ate all his meals there, hadn't seen friends outside of work in months, and barely went home to sleep a few hours. Jason loved his job when he started a year ago, but now he couldn't stand his boss who would micromanage...
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Hope

Today I Love The Sunrise Show

The sun checks in on me ...

Today I love the sunrise show that I got to see this morning. It started with a light sprinkle of snow falling, then that stopped and the eastern edge of the sky opened up while the sun passed by on its assent, then the curtain was dropped and in a few more minutes the snow started falling like dust again. It...
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General

Technology Can Escalate Addiction – and Also Drive Recovery

Just a few years ago, it was mostly just kids and young adults who were obsessed with their smartphones and tablets, but today even grandma is texting, video chatting, planning vacations, shopping, and yelping (if she hasn’t watched South Park’s “Yelper Special” episode, anyway). Put simply, digital devices are omnipresent, and they’re here to stay.

Needless to say, addicts of all ages and predilections are in on this digital tsunami. For example, drug addicts...
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