Benefits of Journaling

When you were a teenager, you might have kept a diary hidden under your mattress. It was a place to confess your struggles and fears without judgment or punishment. It likely felt good to get all of those thoughts and feelings out of your head and down on paper. You may have stopped using a […]

Softening the Barbs of Anger

Anger is such an obvious problem in the world today.   Consider recent news stories covering the riots in Hong Kong, the “town hall” in South Bend, IN, after yet another incident of apparent abuse of law enforcement power, the #metoo movement and Black Lives Matter. There is obviously a lot of anger in our world, […]

How Do You Balance School and Work?

A sizeable portion of college students need to work full-time to make ends meet. Most people who work full-time while attending college strive to find an equilibrium in their lives to achieve career and educational goals while maintaining a social life. Splitting your attention between the demands of full-time job and a college education isn’t […]


One of the most common beliefs in our society is that it is necessary and desirable for dads to use their authority to control, direct and train their children.  Dads are sometimes designated as the disciplinarian (“Wait til your Father gets home!”) or the source of all decisions (“I know best.  Someday you will thank […]

Pride Matters

June is Pride month and serves as an important date in the calendar for many  LGBTQ++  persons across the country, and it can be particularly poignant for those of us in Orlando as June 12th is the Anniversary of the Pulse tragedy. As such, I wanted to write about why Pride is important and to […]

Three Free Things You Can Do to Feel Better TODAY

Most Americans deal with or will deal with depression and anxiety at some point in their lives. 40 million adults every year suffer from one or the other, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America – and that’s only what is reported! While we always encourage that you seek help from a professional in […]

When You’re in Survival Mode

Are you in survival mode?  It happens to all of us sometimes. Whether you’re in survival because you’re a new parent getting not much sleep, it’s finals season, it’s crunch time at work, your family has been sick, or some other reason (or combination of!), right now is about getting through. Here are four ideas […]

Motherly Self-Talk: How to Nurture Your Soul

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it”- Mark Twain One of my favorite cartoons shows a picture of a huge auditorium.  The banner across the stage reads “Welcome Adult Children of Functional Families”.  In the audience are only two people! We’ve heard a lot about dysfunction […]

The Legacy From Mom

“Behind all your stories is always your mother’s story. Because hers is where yours begin.” ― Mitch Albom Happy Mother’s Day to Everyone: to all those who are forming an adult relationship with their mothers; to all of those who are about to become parents; to all of those who are caring for their aging […]

The Importance of Gratitude

My last post focused on practicing gratitude instead of constantly apologizing for being a human being with needs. I am still convinced this is an important skill to help all of us recognize our value and to build stronger relationships, but I think gratitude can be widened even further. When I learn to start practicing […]

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