Okay, let’s date ourselves. If you can remember stopping on a street corner, at a gas station, or in the grocery store lobby to use a pay phone to call your mom or dad, or a secret friend, then we grew up in the same era. With the drop of a dime, the pay phone … Continue reading Be Smarter than your Smartphone
A friend of mine quit her stable, salaried job to pursue her dream of being a freelance writer. When friends and former colleagues see her they remark on how much younger she looks. “What are you doing?” they ask. “I left the stress and I’m taking care of myself,” she responds. Since leaving her job, … Continue reading All or Nothing = Imbalance
When Kim met Mike, his social awkwardness was endearing. He hadn’t experienced many relationships, which was refreshing considering the kind of men she seemed to always end up with. Mike appeared to really enjoy spending time with her – he agreed to and even initiated going to the movies, concerts, and other social events. And … Continue reading Lonely Together
It’s New Year’s Day, and you know what that means… Along with climbing out from under the effects of New Year’s Eve merriment, it’s time to make those dreaded resolutions! If you don’t already have a clue that just the very act of making new year’s resolutions sets you up to fail, I’m going to … Continue reading Happy New Year!
When I was a kid, the wait to open gifts on Christmas day got downright unbear-able sometimes. One year, weeks of watching TV programs like “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” hearing Christmas music playing from every record player and radio station, and the hustle and bustle of … Continue reading Create a Christmas Twist
It’s no secret. People that we read about or see in the news today show evidence that empathy is an endangered emotion. From the highest to the lowest levels of human interaction, it appears that many have set aside a desire to feel another person’s hurts, worries, frustrations, or experiences. Instead, if it’s not their … Continue reading Step Outside of Yourself
“I don’t really celebrate Christmas,” a friend said to me as we chatted about holiday plans. “Really?” I asked. “Why not?” “While growing up, the holiday season in my house wasn’t a happy occasion,” she said, “so as an adult I chose not to celebrate.” For another friend of mine, the holiday season isn’t “official” … Continue reading Trigger a Healthy Response