A Thought Shifting Question: What are the Possibilities?

Possibilities

“What are the possibilities?” This is a simple question, yet it is a powerful one.   This is something I ask myself routinely in my own life.   I also find this useful both as a counselor and clinical supervisor. It packs with it, the possibilities of creative problem solving, hope building and a grounding calm. It is not a genius or new idea. It … [Read more...]

Play the Song Within You!

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The legendary cellist, Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. His reply: “Because I think I’m making progress.”  Wayne Dyer said, "Don't die with your music still inside you." I am in awe of the simple musical metaphors from these two men, each teaching a little different stance, yet not.  I appreciate stories where … [Read more...]

Nurture the good thoughts!

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What we focus on with our thoughts has the potential to sprout, grow and can guide us in our choices.  Metaphorically, if we water the weeds (negative, painful thinking, not seeing possibilities, feeling isolated and alone, etc), then weeds overcome our lives.  If we water the flowers (positive thoughts. looking for possibilities, gratefulness, … [Read more...]

A Wish From Me to You – As We Enter 2016 (Click Here)

From my heart to yours as we enter year 2016

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Ripple Effects: One Person at a Time

Making a Difference: One Person at a Time

I recently went to camp. I felt like a kid again, bunking up in a cabin, like it was a slumber party.  I over-packed my suitcase with all of the possible needs (e.g., flashlight, mosquito repellant, warm clothing, popcorn, s’more cookies, you know). We campers gathered to learn from each other, through readings, creative ventures and strong … [Read more...]

Inspiring, By Simply “Being”

I sit here reminiscing about the most gorgeously souled images of mentors, sages and generous girlfriends who have graced my life across time. Women whom I would be honored to model myself after and that truly have taught me so much just in their “being.” When I was a child (elementary age) and I had a rough day at school, I would come home and … [Read more...]

Fear, Faith and Letting Go: Seven Life Lessons

Life lessons gained from attending a wilderness camp.

  “The first summer I was scared out of my mind. The environment was all new to me. I was a kid from Alabama, getting ready to go white water rafting, with fast moving water and lots of rocks. “ When Lindsay was 15 years old and agreed to volunteer as a staff member at a wilderness bible camp in Montana, she had no idea what influential … [Read more...]

Worry Will Change Nothing

A mother's advice about managing stress while raising a daughter who has congenital heart concerns.

I have had the pleasure to meet Miranda (27 years old) through a military wives group that I started on Facebook soon after a move to my area. I began to get to know her through daily sharing and comments through Facebook.   I was most struck with what she shared about her beautiful family. I began to realize the great big love that she has for her … [Read more...]

Retreat . . . . A Process of Clarity

Power and clarity with the intention of retreat and making space.

Sometimes stepping back, retreating if you may, is a necessity to reconnect to self and others, heal wounds, rejuvenate energetically or to create a plan to move forward.   Retreat does not always have to be alone.  Sometimes, we may need to take space, while reaching out to those that support us.  It does not mean that we are inactive either.  We … [Read more...]

Truth Prevails: The 10 Drawbacks of Lying

In my quest for learning, I have been reflecting upon the human choice of lying (or deceit) versus telling the truth. It is a presenting concern at the root of why many people (all ages) seek counseling. All kinds of instances of it are present in our media daily. Lying can take such a big toll on personal and professional relationships. When their … [Read more...]