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Dealing with Violence and Fear in Today’s World

It is difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the violence and destruction we see on an almost daily basis. Clients and friends share that they are frightened for their children and for themselves. This makes perfect sense, considering all the shootings, road rage, and truly tragic occurrences that take place both locally and 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 …

SPRING RENEWAL SEASON!

Are you living your life with intention and passion? Are you feeling gratitude and zest for each day as you open your eyes? Sometimes it is most definitely difficult to see our possibilities with everyday distractions, stressors, and a huge TTD list.
For many Christians, Lent is a time when people take inventory of their …

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS MONTH!

In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned that I would address college admissions notifications in this edition. A condensed version of this article would simply read like this:
“Be happy for your child and others. Release judgment, be kind, and ensure your child makes the choice which he feels is a good fit.”
Seriously, that’s it!  If …

THE DATING GAME

It’s almost February! The month filled with hearts and cupids, love and chocolate. How exciting! But wait, Is it?
For many people it is just another day, watching Netflix and maybe eating chocolate, but alone. Indeed, the dating scene can be both frustrating and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
Several …

A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON GOAL SETTING!

Every year about this time, many of us begin thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. We also think about past years, and the fact that we abandoned our resolutions by the end of January. Many times, we felt like a failure and could not understand why we were unable to follow through and reach the …

LET’S GET REAL ABOUT HOLIDAY STRESS

One complaint I hear frequently during the holidays is that people are under too much stress and feel out of control. This is not surprising since many times during the holiday season we give others power over our schedules and emotions, and as a result, we feel that we are at the mercy of …

HE MAKES ME SO MAD!

“How did that make you feel?”
“Awww, that made me so sad.”
These are comments you probably hear or even say regularly. But how true is it really that someone or something can “make” you feel a certain way?
When I was in graduate school I studied Rational Emotive Therapy, which was founded by Dr. Albert Ellis. …

HOW ABOUT A NEGATIVITY FAST?

A Negative Mind will never give you a Positive Life
A radio station I listen to here in Houston frequently advertises a juice fast on their morning show. The DJs rave about how alert, sharp, and cleansed they feel after a few days of participating in the juice fast.  After reading some acrimonious Tweets last …