My dad always wanted a boy. I’ve been aware of this fact my entire life.  Maybe it’s the reason I’m a tomboy. It certainly isn’t a coincidence that I play tennis, like my dad does. I went to Michigan (Go Blue) which was his dream. He actually came to class with me more than once!! […]

Emotional Health, Mindset, My Journey, Relationships, Self Esteem, Support, Teenagers

June 18, 2020

My Dad Always Wanted a Boy

Let’s talk truth. What’s your definition of toxic? I initially think of chemicals. But there’s emotional toxicity, too. We’ve all dealt with people who blame and deflect instead of just taking responsibility and apologizing. I have someone who makes this into an art form, to the point that I question myself. Bottom line: I know […]

Emotional Health, Ideas, Inspiration, Mental Health, Mindset, My Journey, Relationships, Support

June 4, 2020

Let’s Talk Truth…Emotional Toxicity

Losing a spouse is traumatic. A tragedy. Losing a spouse unexpectedly has been, let me be honest with you…complete hell. Jim passed at the end of 2017. I’ve been surviving in the house we bought together since. I’m now taking the bold next steps, (oh my god am I really ready to step forward into […]

Anxiety, Grieving, Mental Health, Mindset, Quarantine, Support, Teenagers

May 10, 2020

High School Seniors Need to Grieve

Affirmations are phrases that you repeat to yourself over and over. Though incredibly simple in nature, they are powerful tools for improving emotional wellness. Our thoughts greatly influence our lives. The messages you send to yourself internally dictate how you think of yourself, your career, your social situation, and all other aspects of your life. […]

Ideas, Mindset

March 16, 2020

21 Positive Affirmations To Improve Mental Health

Are you feeling sad all the time with no understanding as to why? Have you wondered why you often feel low on energy or like there’s no purpose for the future? These are potential everyday symptoms that can be caused by mental health issues. This is an important issue that many people don’t stop to […]

Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mindset

November 26, 2018

Tips and Tricks To Hack Mental Health

“Good things come to those who wait.” “Nothing good comes easy.” “Be patient – it’ll be worth the wait.” These words of wisdom have guided us for years. We grow up hearing phrases such as these that remind us to be patient and not to “rush the process,” but in today’s fast-paced digital world, it […]

Mindset

March 16, 2017

2 Important Life Lessons From The Chinese Bamboo

Grocery aisles are adorned with chocolates, sweetheart candies, and countless other goodies. Radio stations, billboards, magazines, and television are flooded with advertisements for Valentine’s Day specials. Everywhere you look (and listen), you are reminded that Valentine’s Day is only a few days away.  What Do You Think Of Valentine’s Day? If you’re like most people, […]

Mindset, Self Esteem

February 10, 2017

5 Ways To Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

In order to give yourself the best shot at happiness and success in the coming year, it’s important to stay level and grounded. As your online mental health counselor, I’m here to help you. In honor of the New Year, I’ve put together a few simple tips and suggestions to help you stay grounded. What […]

Emotional Health, Mental Health, Mindset

December 23, 2016

7 Ways To Ground Yourself

Being grateful is one of the best ways to improve your mental health. According to an article in Forbes Magazine, gratitude has been scientifically proven to offer seven distinct benefits: Opening the door to more relationships Improving physical health Improving psychological health Enhancing empathy and reducing aggression Improving quality of sleep Improving self-esteem Increasing mental […]

Mindset

November 23, 2016

17 Things To Be Thankful For

We live in a world with literally billions of people – people of countless different cultures, religions, beliefs, values, and experiences. In my opinion, this diversity is something to celebrate. Every time we interact with someone from a different background, we have the opportunity to stretch, grow, and expand our own personal experiences. Unfortunately, not […]

Emotional Health, Mindset

November 11, 2016

November 16th: International Day of Tolerance

Even though we can’t always see it, mental illness is all around us. The father of three amazing, successful adult kids may contemplate taking his life, for example, and the woman you work with who just got a promotion may compulsively make herself vomit after every meal. It’s not always obvious, but it is often […]

Mental Health, Mindset

October 27, 2016

The Scary Truth About Mental Health

Anyone can struggle with mental health, but some people are more likely to develop disorders as a result of their careers. Certain high-stress positions (such as firefighters, police, and other emergency services) are more likely to cause suicidal tendencies, as well as various mental health disorders like PTSD or depression. Since these issues are becoming […]

Mental Health, Mindset, PTSD

October 11, 2016

Saving Those Who Save Others

Anyone can struggle with mental health, but some people are more likely to develop disorders as a result of their careers. Certain high-stress positions (such as firefighters, police, and other emergency services) are more likely to cause suicidal tendencies, as well as various mental health disorders like PTSD or depression. Since these issues are becoming […]

Mental Health, Mindset, PTSD

October 11, 2016

Saving Those Who Save Others