Inspiring quotes to get you out of bed

Some days, getting out of bed in the morning is not only a Herculean act of courage but an exercise in faith. A faith that is sometimes blind, hoping that everything will be alright and, if it isn’t, well, we just have to get up, face the day, try again and hope for the best […]

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Therapists: peddlers of hope and how to choose one

The word therapy comes from the Latin therapīa and Greek θεραπεία, meaning healing. Thus, therapists are healers of the troubled mind and soul and peddlers of hope. Hope that you can overcome the ailment that is troubling you and disrupting your life. Yet, without the willingness to work through your problems, therapists can do little […]

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Humility: a powerful tool in life

Humility is when you know your self-worth but don’t boast about it or take it for granted. Sometimes, it would appear that a person is humble when, in fact, they have low self-esteem so let us not confuse the two. Low self-esteem stems from adaptation problems which may be linked to a child’s upbringing if […]

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Starting over is always good

Starting over is always good, no matter how often you have to do it. It means you’re moving forward, trying on a new life, new experiences and facing fears you never thought you could get through. Starting over means you are ready to let go and march on into unknown territory and never look back, […]

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The power of an obsessive-compulsive mind

The National Institute of Mental Health claims that living with an obsessive-compulsive mind can be debilitating when it is extreme, but in milder forms, you can actually make it work in your favor. Mine is not so great that I cannot function and once I understood it was part of who I am, I found […]

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Surviving regret

Can you live without regrets? Regret is an emotion stemming from those things we wish we hadn’t done, had done or done differently. Some of us have those regrets tied in with guilt and this is an even tougher emotion to shake. These two emotions can actually keep us from living a peaceful life. The […]

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Another great Thanksgiving alone

This is my second Thanksgiving alone by choice. The last one, was spent with Drew, my pup companion at the time and it was a very heartwarming evening. This one, I have no pup to spend the evening with, but I still chose to be my own company on a day when everyone is with […]

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You cannot be sad if you find reasons to smile

You cannot smile and be sad at the same time. It’s either one or the other. You may be trying to mask sadness but once you find a reason to smile, sadness evaporates, even if only for s short while, but it’s all worth it. The more you practice smiling the more pleasurable moments you’ll […]

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My first staycation alone

After the whirlwind months of crazy activity and events; moving, furnishing my apartment, starting a new job that has taken up many a weekend and getting over a break-up, I finally have my first 9-day vacation. I made it a staycation because traveling did not seem feasible nor emotionally healthy since I’ve just settled and adjusted to […]

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Our gratitude stones

On the last day of school before Thanksgiving break, we thought we’d organize special events for our sixth-grade kids. We had three different fun workshops on gratitude, ending the day with an outing to the movie Wonder. It was such a meaningful day for all, more than we had anticipated. The workshop my colleague and […]

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