In Pursuit Of Real Health: Why Dieting Isn’t “Healthy”.

StockSnap/Pixabay One of the more pervasive (and exasperating) ideas I hear in therapy sessions is the notion of pursuing weight loss and dieting in the name of "health." I am speaking specifically about the vast sea of us that are otherwise perfectly medically healthy, but, for one reason or another (ahem, cultural pressures and...


The Netflix Show: Dead to Me

I recently watched the relatively new Netflix show Dead to Me which explores the multi faceted layers of grieving and death.  I'm not going to spoil anything but there is one scene...


Thinking Isn’t Doing

No, it's not!Today I sat down at my keyboard to write this post. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to talk about, but I needed to see how close it came to other recent posts.I live in fear of repeating myself from one day to the next.I'm...


Today I Love Friday’s Feeling Of Freedom

Friday backyard wildlifeToday I love Friday's feeling of freedom and the plans that we have for this new weekend that has rolled up onto our doorstep. I love the writing rule that clearly states, "Always avoid all alliteration!" I love alliteration too much to avoid it. I love that...


34 Affirmations for When Perfectionism Makes You Feel Inadequate

Perfectionism makes us feel inadequate Perfectionism – the relentless pursuit of being flawless in an effort to prove our worth and avoid criticism -- adds unnecessary stress and pressure to our already demanding lives. When we strive for perfection rather than excellence, we’re never satisfied. We always feel deficient...

Animal Mentors

Managing Our Fight or Flight Instinct in the Modern World

The stormy sky over our tiny green tent pitched in the middle of Palo Duro Canyon - a totally bear-free zone.We homo sapiens really have come a long way over the last century. Heck, even over the last decade we've progressed in leaps and bounds.In some ways.In other ways, I sometimes feel like...

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Danger Can You See It?

We are surrounded daily by dangers, some are minor and others can seriously ruin our day.  Being aware of the dangers can potentially save us and those we love in this life.  In...


Religious Narcissism: A Toxic Spin on Calvanism

On August 12th, 1986, President Reagan famously said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help'."But I think I've found something even more terrifying: a narcissist with a Bible in hand.


Today I Love This Complicated Day

Serious calculations going on ...Today I love this complicated day of forecasted sun but actual rain, of air outside warmer than the air in the car, of hopes to do outdoor things but the reality of doing indoor things on the porch. I love that a robin landed on the...


How to Feel More Alive and Happy

We’ve all had those days where we feel off, or maybe worse. Sometimes, we we’re down, overwhelmed, or in a funk. Yesterday was one of those days for me.It started off great – in fact, I had a huge response to something I shared on social media. But soon, the elation turned to overwhelm....


Interdependence and the Illusion of Self-Reliance

Social media is a rich source for subject material lately. The latest meme craze is about interdependency. I’ve seen memes about how American rugged individualism and the pressure to be independent is about making you buy more stuff. I’ve seen ones that say it’s an excuse not to help others. I’ve seen ones about why societies...


Hold Everything!

... if you dare!Stop. Don't do another thing until I tell you this.If you have ADHD you need to know something.You're liable to get distracted. And you're liable to be annoyed by that.But not as annoyed as you'll be when someone else tries to stop you from doing something...