There is Nothing Like the Beach

I have always loved the water.  I remember swimming every chance I got as a kid, but in high school I remember sitting on the beach of Lake Michigan watching the water and the sunset when I could.  Sitting there, I could think about anything, process anything, and plan the future I thought I would […]

Managing Change

Change happens.  Just like death and taxes, change happens, weather you plan for it or not.  Things at home can change, and things at work can change.  Changes happen in family issues, and even with simple things like going to the grocery store.  Knowing that things will change can help you plan for how to […]

It Takes a Village

I recently got to see that having help and support makes things happen.  I have a small dog.  A Yorkie, named Milo, and he likes to go.  He nips at us when we try to leave the house, and barks when he knows that he is being left behind.  He doesn’t like being left behind, […]

When Things Don’t Go Well

I am generally optimistic.  I pride myself on the ability to see good is most things, and to find the positive in the negative.  When I work with patients, I can provide a new perspective when people talk about issues.  Part of treatment is changing patterns, including thinking and self-talk patters.  One of the hardest […]

Hurricane Florence

I was watching the news tonight, including coverage of the hurricane that is starting to batter the Carolinas.  This time last year we were recovering from hurricane Irma, and Puerto Rico was bracing for Maria.  If you have never been through a hurricane, the anticipation is worse than the event, at times.  But make no […]

Reliving Trauma

On this, the eve of 9/11, there are many people who will remember tomorrow with sorrow and pain.   From our first responders to people who witnessed the events that changed our country (again), September 11th brings up many memories of the events that unfolded the day that planes were used to cause damage and […]

Entitlement

Have you ever heard the term “Entitlement”?  It’s a term that has been tossed around often recently to describe upcoming generations.  According to Webster, it means “belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges”.  Let’s explore that for a moment, and I would like to argue that entitlement is learned, and not […]

Looking for the Jewel

In seeing Veteran’s recently, they are very concerned over the state of our country.  After seeing a patient recently, I thought of a movie, Jewel of the Nile.  If you saw the movie, you know that the main characters initially think they are looking jewel, small and worth a great deal of money.  What they […]

Being Responsible

Learning to be responsible can be difficult at times, but it’s important in your quest for happiness.  Being responsible around money, relationships, and healthy habits is as important as self-care when it comes to a better future.  In reading and article today, I had to think about making sacrifices today to make tomorrow better.  I […]

Moments of Clarity

Do you have moments of clarity?  I define moments of clarity as moments where things make sense.   I don’t get them often, but sometimes I have those moments were the pieces come together and for a moment I understand something I have been pondering.  I try to appreciate those moments, and remember them with […]