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April 1, 2019
The Perfect Body – Are You Laughing Yet?

As I ran on the treadmill at my gym this morning, I got caught in a negative spiral. I started to evaluate the women and their bodies. I started to compare. Many of you are nodding your head in understanding. Others of you are biting your nails in agony with me. Some of you are […]

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March 4, 2019
An Explanation That Calms and Frightens

If you’ve read many of my blogs, you likely know that I had a mental breakdown in April 2012. While I would never hope to go through that again, I can honestly say that in many ways, my life improved because of the experience. I believe my mental breakdown was my body and mind’s way […]

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February 4, 2019
Motives Suck!

Yesterday I went to a group therapy session. Let me start by saying, YUCK. Yet, I need it right now so rather than focusing on how frustrated I am to be slipping, I’m trying to focus on the positive truth that I recognized I was slipping and was willing to seek help. But, still, YUCK. […]

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January 21, 2019
The Super Seven Revisited and Revised

About two years ago, I spent several months working my way through several of Brene Brown’s books and watching her YouTube videos. In one interview, she pulled out her wallet and retrieved a tiny piece of paper. She explained that it was her list of people whose opinion mattered to her. Those few people, she […]

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January 7, 2019
Resolved Not To Change

It’s that time of year when we are all challenged to make resolutions. For me, making resolutions requires me to focus on what I don’t like about myself or my life. That seems like a crappy way to start 2019. Instead, I’ve decided to reverse that process and make a resolution of the things in […]

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December 17, 2018
Dropping the Pain

“Memories begin to creep forward from hidden corners of your mind. Passing disappointments. Lost chances, and lost causes. Heartbreaks and pain and desolate, horrible loneliness. Sorrows you thought long forgotten mingle with still-fresh wounds. The stone [of memories] feels heavier in your hand. [But] When you drop it … you feel lighter. As though you […]

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December 3, 2018
Gratefulness and Adult Children

Last week, I wrote about being truly grateful for the everyday things of life. You have to be MINDFUL of the day-to-day. I presented one approach for expressing gratitude to your significant other. By the way, I just sent him his two sentences! I mentioned the book The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan and I’m […]

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November 19, 2018
Gratefulness and Mindfulness: A Perfect Pairing

“Because it’s not depending on specific events, gratitude is long lasting and impervious to change or adversity. It requires an emotional involvement.” “…concluded that gratitude may have the highest connection to mental health and happiness.” ~The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan, emphasis added It’s Thanksgiving week in the US, so what better topic than gratitude? […]

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November 5, 2018
Pros and Cons ~ An Adapted DBT Style: Rational + Emotional = Wise

FROM A BILLBOARD NEAR ME: Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes the reason is you're stupid and make bad decisions. Imagine you have been offered a new job and you want to do a pros and cons analysis. Would it look something like this? PROS More money Better insurance Corner Office CONS Commute (from 30 […]

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October 22, 2018
Split Personalities (A DBT Concept)

I tried to determine the best way to describe the Wise Mind concept from Marsha Linehan’s DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) mode. This particular treatment/coping modality has been the most helpful to me. Ms. Linehan has developed many tools to help someone like me calm myself and make rational decisions. Over the next several weeks, I […]

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    In April 2012 I had a mental breakdown. The real thing. I have about 36 hours that I don’t remember....

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  • All of my novels, at least so far, have an element of mental illness within a character.  Decide to Hope is the most autobiographical in that I struggle in many ways exactly as the female protagonist. 
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