Changing yourself to please others

“Woman who changed self to please boyfriend enjoying happy long-term relationship” “SPOKANE, WA—Ten months after altering her interests, appearance, behavior, and opinions to please her boyfriend, Michael Gartner, local woman Gabrielle McMullen is now enjoying a happy, lasting relationship with her long-term partner, the cheerful 27-year-old told reporters Friday. “When I first started dating Michael, […]

How to meditate in Orlando (or elsewhere)!

Last week I went to a class on mindfulness meditation. You might remember that learning how to meditate is something I’ve been interested in for awhile. You might also remember that learning how to meditate terrified me, because I was afraid of doing it wrong. Somehow, for me, meditation feels almost magical or mystical. And […]

When finding help is difficult: mental health resources and the importance of kindness

Every so often I answer the phone here at Life Skills Resource Group Orlando to encounter someone who has been looking for help for awhile and just can’t seem to find the right resource. I can hear the confusion and desperation in their voices: their tone says “Please, won’t someone care enough to help me figure this out?” or “Please, […]

Enter the cave: get uncomfortable to get what you want

Every once in awhile it seems there’s something (a quote, a photo, an article, something a friend says…) that strikes you just right and sticks with you. Today I’d like to write about one of those things. Every week I hang a quote of the week in our waiting area. A few months ago I found […]

The difference between alone and lonely

Here on Valentine’s Day, where the focus is so frequently on couples and romantic love, those of you who are single, in a long-distance relationship, far from friends, far from family, or otherwise alone might feel lonely. Sometimes people even feel lonely when they’re with their spouse, romantic partner, family, friends, or even in a […]

Making change: What do you want to add and subtract in 2014?

This busy time of year we’re not only preparing for the holidays, we’re also preparing for the end of 2013, and that means we’re preparing for the beginning of the New Year, 2014! The wonderful thing about a new year is a new start, the feeling that we have a clean slate and can make changes, […]

What do you have to gift this holiday season? Yourself.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming holiday season. In this week of Thanksgiving I want to be present, thankful, focused on spending time with my loved ones. I’m finding myself also beginning to plan for gift-giving (and to realize I’m already behind…). My family celebrates Christmas, but maybe you’re thinking about Hanukkah (already […]

Music for your life: When it is tough to believe in love

In continuing our series Music for Your Life, today I have a sweet song for you. It is called First Day of My Life and is by Bright Eyes. What makes this song so sweet, in my mind, isn’t necessarily the words, though they’re sweet too. What is so wonderful about this song is the […]

Music for our lives: When you need hope

Today I’m thinking of the song Winding Road by Bonnie Somerville. You may remember it from the movie Garden State (an awesome movie and one of the best movie soundtracks I know!). Don’t know it and you’re saying to yourself “I don’t know that song, so I’m not going to listen”? Well, I have two […]

Messages to yourself

Have you ever found something you’d previously written, done, or created and realized you’d found it at just the right moment or suddenly had a whole new perspective on it? Have you ever shocked yourself with your own previous knowledge or understanding? Messages from ourselves can come in a return (I love Buddha Doodles!) Let […]

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