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YOU CAN GO YOUR OWN WAY

It’s not only a good line from a Fleetwood Mac song.
When my younger son was a baby, allowing babies to “cry it out” when trying to get them to sleep was all the rage. My son’s cries were horrifying blood-curdling screams that tore at my heart. I tried this technique for two days, and …

Hi! I’m Arlene and I’m a positivity convert!

I was enjoying a Sunday afternoon excursion with an old friend. We were enjoying our coffee as she began talking about her sister who she described as “negative” and difficult to be around. My friend proceeded to outline her sister’s behavior and their conversations. I responded, “You know it’s possible your sister has no …

Finding Peace Within

Does this conversation sound familiar?
“How are you?”
“Crazy!”
“How’s your day going?”
“It’s crazy!”
Sometimes that does feel like reality, but how true is it really that a day in itself is crazy? Let’s take a closer look.
We have had days in which we sleep late, the car malfunctions, and the traffic is a hot …

GREMLINS & TURNING THE BIG 6-0

I’m turning sixty. It’s actually a huge step for me to admit my age or even talk about having a birthday—especially this birthday. I think most people who know me understand that I rarely disclose personal details and that my social media posts are largely regulated to cat videos and New Orleans Saints news. …

GUESS WHO’S HOME?

It’s not unusual today for college graduates to return home to live while they job search or determine what their next step in life may be. While many parents (and their children) panic at this thought, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as you might think. Careful planning and communication are important in …

CREATING PEACE IN YOUR LIFE

Many people complain about the stress that they feel, and it is absolutely true that we are constantly faced with many internal and external stressors. Taxes, traffic, illness, and unexpected accidents are unfortunate realities of the human condition that we simply have to live with. Others, though, are things that we can control and …

PARENTING YOUNG ADULTS

“I’m 20-years old! You can’t tell me what to do!”
“I live on my own at school and I do fine. I don’t need restrictions or curfews when I come home for the summer!”
“Uh, mom can I have some cash? I don’t have any money left in my account.”
“Dad, I got arrested and I’m in …

THE BLESSINGS OF AN INFECTED CAT BITE

Those of you who follow me on social media may be aware of my recent experiences with my cat Tyrann. To make a long story short, Tyrann was triggered by seeing my older cat. Tyrann attacked me and bit my right hand at 7:15 am when I was getting ready for a networking breakfast. …

So, What is Life Coaching Anyway?

Since becoming a Certified Life Coach, I have enthusiastically taken the opportunity to tell almost everyone I come in contact with about coaching and how it has helped me to increase confidence and have a more positive mindset.
When I tell people that I’m a coach, I usually get two replies.  “I love coaching!” …

BEING JUDGMENT FREE, PART II

 
In my newsletter last month I included an article,  “A Day Without Judgment,” in which I described how living “judgment-free” could enrich your life as well as the lives of those around you. In the article, I challenged you to take one day and not judge yourself or others. Due to the positive feedback …