Escape the Scarcity Mentality Jungle

You need air to breathe. Do you worry there might not be enough air for you to survive? Do you save air because someone may take it away from you? When you believe you have an abundant supply of resources (like air), you don’t worry whether or not it will run out – unless your […]

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How to Manage Change (Without Chaos)

Change opens an emotional can of uncertainty. Change can shake you to your core. Feelings like anxiety and confusion that result from big life transitions can paralyze your efforts to move forward. “What you are is what you have been,” said Gautama Buddha. “What you will be is what you do now.” Transitions push you […]

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12 Days of Christmas & Hope for a New Year

My friend, Pam, asked, “What do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and a partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?” The origins of the twelve days of Christmas are rooted in European Catholic traditions. The first of the twelve days is Christmas Day and ends on the eve […]

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How to Be a Good Storyteller

Once upon a time, a dangerous criminal was captured by a king. He was tried for his crimes and sentenced to death. The king offered the criminal two choices: death by hanging or passage through a large iron door with no information about what’s on the other side. The criminal pointed at the rope. As […]

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Politics, God, Race, Sex, and Other Controversial Topics Kids Discuss at School

Kids are talking. They’re discussing politics. God. Race. Sex. And other things they shouldn’t be talking about at school.  Teachers may discourage discussions about controversial subjects unrelated to school subject matter, but that won’t keep kids from talking about them. Neither will amendments separating Church and state nor laws that forbid debate about science issues […]

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Inspirational Quotes When You Need Hope

When Allied troops entered Auschwitz, a concentration camp in southern Poland in 1945, they found a handful of starved, sick prisoners who survived to see the end of World War II. A soldier found a three-line poem scratched by a Holocaust survivor in the wall of the barracks: I believe in the sun, even when it is not […]

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Build Your Support System

Although technology creates swift channels of communication and connections throughout the world, many people struggle alone as they face life challenges. “We want people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times,” explains Cathy Williams, MSW, LCSW, CEAP. “We need people who listen and give us honest feedback.” A support system equips you […]

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Teens & Technology: Tuned In or Turned Off?

A photo circulating across social media shows a group of teenagers preoccupied with their cell phones as they sit on a bench in front of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.  An adult posted this image on Facebook with the words, “We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” Many comments included: “Can’t those kids disconnect […]

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Amy Oestreicher: HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE MY DETOUR

Guest blogger, Amy Oestreicher, is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, Huffington Post writer, TEDx and RAINN speaker, health advocate, award-winning actress, and playwright. She shares lessons from trauma through her writing, art, performance, and inspirational speaking. I’ve spent a lot of time “waiting” in my life. As a kid I grew antsy with impatience, waiting until […]

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How to Stand Up to Bullies

Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Robert Patterson, Miley Cyrus, Marshall Mathers (Eminem), and Lady Gaga share more than celebrity status. They know what it’s like to be bullied. “Girls can be mean,” said Jennifer Lawrence. “A popular girl once gave me invitations to hand out to her birthday party – a party I wasn’t invited […]

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