The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

  During times of stress, women release more stress chemicals and these hormones remain longer in a woman’s body than a man’s. Women need tools for minimizing the impact of daily stress as well as the impact of past trauma. They need tools for dealing with difficult people and situations. Without nurturing their own energy, passion, and health—and without setting...
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How To Behave In Your Child’s Custody Battle

As a counselor, always in training, I listen to a lot of experts. Whether it’s attending seminars, listening to podcasts of New Life , or watching Dr. Phil (or any number of other experts).   Sometimes people laugh when I mention Dr. Phil.   Yes, television is sensational, but he really is good at reading a situation and understanding what needs to happen. He spends weeks...
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How To Stop The Manipulators In Your Life

I just finished reading Who’s Pulling Your Strings by Dr. Harriet Braiker.   It’s an extremely helpful and practical book, filled with lots of examples and stories. It contains lots of step by step approaches for stopping the manipulators in your life. Here are some of the bullet points:   “Manipulation is different from—and should not be confused with—legitimate,...
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Joshie the Giraffe, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Pursuit of Excellence

I’ve always believed in giving 110%.   If I’m writing a blog post, I think about it for weeks and then devote pure quiet time to the writing process. I’ve been known to turn in guest posts a year ahead of time. (Granted, you’ll probably find a typo or two—I wish I had that perfect editor inside my brain.)   If it comes to my clients, I always go a few minutes past the...
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Rick Warren Speaks About Son’s Suicide and Mental Health

Great article on mental illness and the church. According to this article, “half of evangelical, fundamentalist and born-again Christians believe prayer and Bible study alone can solve mental illness.” Isn’t it interesting that we’re willing to concede that if you’re a diabetic, you might need insulin, that it’s okay to take an Excedrin if you have a migraine,...
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Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee – A book review

A few months ago, I met the author of this book on Facebook. We have enjoyed a sweet long distance friendship: She in Iowa, me in Colorado.     The first trait that drew me to Jennifer was her humility. I knew nothing about her except her kindness when she invited me to share a guestpost on her attractive blog. The only other thing I knew about Jennifer was that she was the classy lady...
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