Embracing the Suck

  LIFE IS HARD! Not exactly a shocking realization for most people, I know, but an important lesson nonetheless. See, once we truly accept that life is hard then it removes the power of that difficulty. It becomes not about making it easier, but about our ability to persevere. We can measure our growth by […]

Self-Love and The Choice We All Have to Make

    I’ve never really fit in. Not since I was very little. I grew up in a very Christian, Conservative town—raised Jewish, for starters. As soon as I entered the first grade, it was made very clear to me that I was an “other.” The customs, values and traditions that I treasured, identified with and […]

School Refusal in Children

Children have a tendency, every once in a while, to not want to go to school. School is not often thought of as an enjoyable experience and more often associated with work. This is normal part of development if it doesn’t occur frequently, if it doesn’t cause your child extreme distress, or cause chaos in […]

Hypnotherapy: Deepening your Self-Discovery

  We’ve all seen the dramatic depiction of someone being hypnotized: it usually involves a pocket watch swinging like a pendulum, making the individual powerless to resist the drowsiness setting in.  Thirty minutes and several subconscious commands later, when the hypnotist snaps her fingers, the person awakes and believes she is naked, or she is […]

Replacing Should with Could 

As you go about your day, do you ever find yourself thinking you should do this or you should do that? And likely feeling a sense of disappointment if you’re not doing what you should, like you’re not measuring up in some way? Should expresses expectations, often coming from outside influences or people. A should is almost always someone else’s value or belief […]

Friday Book Review: Brené Brown

Brené Brown studies vulnerability and courage, authenticity and shame. She has published a few books on these topics, most notably The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly. Rising Strong – a powerful book about falling, learning, getting up, and doing it all over again – is not her most recent book, but it’s one I […]

Why Should I Meditate?

  Meditation: it’s everywhere. From your friend’s Instagram post of her post-yoga acai-bowl to the ad that plays before the cat video you are about to watch on YouTube for the latest self-improvement app. So what is the big deal? Is it just a millennial fad that will fade out in the next year or […]

When Nothing is Truly Something

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to see the new Christopher Robin movie which centers on the Winnie the Pooh stories with which many of us grew up. It was incredibly sweet, nostalgic, and a wonderful reminder of some of life’s most important lessons! If you haven’t yet seen it, I can’t recommend […]

Social Media and Mental Health

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for some very positive efforts, such as: connecting, story-telling, crowdfunding and other “social” movements that move society in a positive direction. However, much like other powerful tools, it can be a double-edged sword. With fire we can cook, weld and keep ourselves warm in the cold. We can […]

Goal Setting for the Fall Season and the School Year

  The end of July is quickly approaching and many of us, especially those who work closely in education, are beginning to feel the new school year creep up on us. I, affectionately, like to say that “fall is coming…” Shout out to the GoT fans. I try to use this time each year to […]

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