Colin Kaepernick: The Parts You Might Be Missing

Colin Kaepernick is one of the most refreshing people to hit the NFL in some time. The gifted San Francisco 49ers Quarterback popped up on the radar of many after his famous GQ Magazine spread in September of 2013.

You may recall this was the edition where Kaepernick appeared shirtless, all inked up with bulging muscles to boot!


Do Empaths Really Exist?

Empaths - a Closer Look
Recently, a friend of mine who is a psychologist shared with me during a conversation about career counseling that she has the ability to sense the emotions of others.

At first, I thought she was talking about the construct of empathy, an ability most helping professionals seem to (or at least should) possess.

As our conversation continued however, it became clear to me that she was talking about something completely different. Specifically, she identified herself as an empath.

I had always thought of this particular label as the stuff of science fiction – you know what I am talking about – characters like Counselor Troy on Star Trek from the planet Betazoid or magical fairies from True Blood.


Paul Walker: Foretelling Photo Emerges Before Birthday

I’m a huge fan of Paul Walker and was pretty upset when news broke last November that he died. I had followed his career almost from the very beginning and have read or reviewed every interview he has ever given.

In advance of what would have been his 41st birthday this September 12, I penned a background piece on the star, designed to explore who Walker was as a person, beyond the legend and myth and far away from the glitz and glamour of his Hollywood celebrity.

My hope was to get something published before the crush of media coverage that will likely happen in the weeks to come.


Mindfulness for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has got to be one of the most miserable disorders a person can have. I should know because I have it. If you have IBS, you know exactly what I am talking about. The constant tummy churning, the non-stop gas and unsightly bloating is enough to send any sufferer running for the hills!

Let’s be honest – when IBS comes a knock’n, the party’s over. This means canceling dates, rescheduling dinner plans and for many folks, avoiding intimacy.

Who really wants to shag when you’re blow’n up like a Macy’s Day float?


The Comedic Mask of Depression

The tragic death of mega-watt celebrity Robin Williams has sent shock waves around the world. Suddenly, a bright spotlight is being shown on the topic of depression, revealing a truer, perhaps more disturbing reality of an insidious mental health problem that is not often discussed and widely misunderstood.

As the public continues to process the magnitude of this loss, we need to remember that Williams was not the first comedian to struggle with a mood disorder or an addiction. In fact, when we look back, there have been several in Hollywood who have appeared to be outwardly funny, but all the while, hidden from us, deeply sad inside.


Gratitude: 25 Things to Be Grateful for Right Now!

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
- Buddah
Gratitude should be something we focus on in every moment of everyday. Taking this approach allows us to appreciate what is going on right in our lives as opposed to what is going wrong.

For many years, I have practiced the living principle of finding the good in my day. This means actively deciding to look for something positive and then recording that something down on paper as part of a personal gratitude journal.

Remember, we can never take anything for granted. All that we have is a gift. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. We only have today, meaning this very moment.

Becoming more aware of the positive things occurring in our lives can take some work because it requires that we make the conscious choice of changing our thinking, which starts with our self-narrative.


First Dates: Are You Scaring them Away?

Don't Scare Away Your Dates!

There’s nothing worse than going out on a first date and thinking everything went well, only to later discover that the person you liked is no longer is interested. To be sure, there are times when two people don’t “click” for a variety of reasons, such as having different backgrounds or tastes.

If however you have detected a pattern where first dates rarely turn into second ones, it might be helpful for you to look in the mirror and ask the question:

Am I scaring away my first dates? 


Reinventing Tom Welling

Reinventing Yourself with Tom Welling as a Blueprint
Tom Welling is one of my favorite male celebs. He is funny, smart and charming – all wrapped up into one. Best known for his role as Clark Kent on the CW’s Smallville, this former Abercrombie and Fitch model turned actor became an instant hit with audiences worldwide when he decided to take on the role of a teen-version of Superman.

Now in his late 30’s and his Metropolis days behind him, Tom Welling is undergoing a bit of a personal reinvention, attempting to move beyond the red silk cape and create a pathway to a new future.

But can he really reinvent himself after Superman?


Zac Efron is More than a Shirtless Hunk

Five Life Lessons from Zac Efron
Zac Efron is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. If he’s not appearing in the latest edition of GQ, he’s showing off his six-pack abs on T.V.

Followers seem to want to know everything about him, like who Efron is dating, what’s his next movie role might be what he looks like shirtless.

When you examine the large body of work this young, attractive California born actor has amassed in just a few short years, it’s hard not to be impressed by his accomplishments.

Efron has won more awards before reaching the age of 30 than many celebrities obtain in a lifetime. In 2014, he even won the MTV Movie award for Best Shirtless Actor. But is there more to Zac Efron than his body?

What life lessons can we learn from him?