Support and Community Could Be the Missing Piece to Lasting Change

Support and Community could be the missing piece to lasting change. This week Tracy Rickard, Orlando Women’s Stress-Reset Wellness Coach explains how authentic understanding can be the key to reaching your health and happiness goals. I recently watched a video that rang SO true for me that I couldn’t wait to share my big ‘Aha’ moment […]

The Power Within

“I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” -Mark Twain I’m going to ask you to just take a second to really think about this quote. Maybe re-read it a time or two and let the message really sink in. Okay, hopefully by the time you get to this […]

Self-Acceptance & Inner-Strength

  I’m inclined to believe that everyone, at one point or another, has been ashamed of something in their life. Whether it was something that was done to you, or something you did, or just an unattributed experience… there has been a glimmer of shame in all of our pasts. But, one of the best ways […]

Choosing Action Over Fear: Preparing for hurricanes (and storms of life) in Orlando

Have you ever noticed that sometimes people try to get us to do things by scaring us?  The “or else…”  sometimes feels omnipresent in our world.  I see it a lot in politics (on both sides), in the media, even just product advertising.  Sometimes we even do it to ourselves (“I’d better not eat that […]

Unusual Tools

“The things which hurt, instruct.” -Benjamin Franklin So, I’m reading this fantastic book called The Tools: Transform Your Problems Into Courage, Confidence and Creativity by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels. But I hope you don’t read it, because then you wouldn’t need me. No, I’m kidding. Read this book. It’s about tapping into that part […]

Fear Exists Only in the Mind

by Dr. Darlene Treese (Dr. Dar) “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Depression, gloom, pessimism, despair, discouragement… sign of the times or a murderous epidemic? Fear simply does not exist somewhere out there in the world. If you went searching for it, you would find it […]

The Truth Shall Set You Free

Five years ago I completely, absolutely, extremely, spectacularly totaled my precious little 2000 Volkswagen Beetle. I spun it out on the Universal exit ramp from I-4. It was an unusually foggy morning and my tires lost traction on the extremely slick and curvy ramp. When my car first started fish-tailing, I thought, “It’s going to […]

Why Counseling? Why now?

Because even though it’s over, I can’t stop thinking about him/her. Because I can’t take this much anxiety for one. more. day. Because no one really listens to me. Because our marriage is in trouble, and we can’t fix our problems by ourselves. Because I can’t do anything right. Because I keep dating the “wrong” […]

Fear is the mind-killer… (Frank Herbert, “Dune”)

“I must say a word about fear. It is life’s only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in […]