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May 22, 2017
The Road to Your Next Best Decision: Can You Define Your Values?

In my group therapy session a few weeks ago, we talked about decision-making.  The leader asked this question:  Do your day-to-day decisions align with your values? That sounds like such an easy question, doesn’t it?  But what about the follow-up question:  What are your values?  The question is NOT what are you goals.  Goals and […]

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May 22, 2017
Flower Talk: A Unique Way to Express Yourself

I knew red roses meant love, white roses meant purity, etc. I didn’t realizethat almost every flower and herb has a meaning. Did you know, for example, that oregano represents joy? We’re going to use our brains and a touch of creativity to design a bouquet. As much as I’d love to be able to […]

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May 19, 2017
Mental Health by the Numbers: Why this Blog is Important to Me and to YOU

1 in 10 people suffer from CLINICAL depression. 1 in 5 people are depressed some of the time. 1 in 4 has or had an addiction. 30% of the adult population has a recognized PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDER. 50% of people SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATE SUICIDE and .... 1 in 10 will ATTEMPT SUICIDE This topic CANNOT stay in […]

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May 15, 2017
Multiple-personality Disorder: You Have It Too

“Then I grew up and realized that most of us are more than one person. As we figure out how we fit in socially and learn how to tailor our behavior to various situations, we end up with several—often wildly dissimilar—versions of ourselves.” Martha Beck Read more: How Many Personalities Live Inside Me? ​​ […]

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May 8, 2017
Recipes for Emotional Safety: Tangible Ideas to Your Next Best Decision

What happens if you let a pot of rice boil too fast? What happens if a sweet potato drips onto your oven rack? What if the oil in the pan gets too hot? Over-boiling rice makes a mess of the stove and the pot. It becomes a ruined meal. Dripping sweet potato smells great at […]

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May 5, 2017
Only Three Choices Matter

I won't often just put a video out here without a blog to match.  But this video really resonated today.   Choices that can Change your Life | Caroline Myss | TEDxFindhornSalon

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May 1, 2017
Am I Mentally Ill?

I’m not ashamed to be depressed, manic or a binge eater.  I’m not even embarrassed to be called “mentally ill.”  But, I don’t think that label explains or helps or opens communication. What Does Mentally Ill Even Mean? I’ve been struggling for a long time with labels.  Are they helpful or harmful?  Accurate or just […]

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April 14, 2017
How About a Book Club?

I've given a great deal of thought on how I want us to enter into a more targeted discussion of our bodies and our spirits.  We will address these more haphazardly via the blog itself but I wanted something structured too. How about a book club?  We could do it here or using a FB group? […]

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August 31, 2016
The Hardest Part

​One of the hardest things about the mental breakdown was the loss of my career.  For 15 years I was a middle or high school teacher.  And, I think, I was a pretty good one.   I've gone from having 30 kids and their parents in my life every day to none.  My kids are […]

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August 16, 2016
Don't Make Me Do This Alone

Both my brother and my husband asked me the point of this website.  Simple:  I'm on a journey to find who I am, what I'm supposed to doing, how to live a life of joy and love.  I crashed and burned. Now have to rebuild something.  I don't want to do it alone.  This is a frightening […]

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