Thank You To Our Military Service Members

The holidays are getting closer, and many are making plans to get together with family for the holidays.  We are baking, planning, wrapping, and cleaning, getting ready for the celebrations to come.  As you work toward whatever you have planned for your celebration, please stop and think about the service members overseas, in harms way, […]

Making a Budget

  Many of the people I see in therapy have depression and anxiety.  As I talk with them, basic things come up, including finances, relationships and the future.  I have often thought that basic finances should be taught in high school.  Everyone should know how to balance a check book, write a check, call for […]

The Holiday Countdown

As the holidays keep moving closer, just wanted to check on how you were doing.  Now is about the time that I start to feel overwhelmed, and ready to pull out my hair.  Planning for gifts, planning for dinner, and worrying about money are all part of the holidays but it’s also part of the […]

Surviving Young Adulthood

After writing the recent post about the life cycle, it occurs to me that there is more to talk about.  Surviving the teen years is hard, but at least kids are still with their parents, for the most part.  After graduation, or turning 18 year old, it gets harder, and some parents are still around […]

The Life Cycle

Have you ever thought about the life cycle.  As I think about moving through life, I think about being a kid, getting through the terrible teens, becoming an adult (and all the things that come with that), having kids, being an empty nester, and getting old.  Most of the time it comes in that order, […]

I Love Legos!

Greetings, I have to say that I so love Legos.  While at Disney over the weekend, we stopped at the Lego store.  I watched the races that they have, and my kids built planes, and cars and all kinds of things at the building areas.  There are so many things you can build, and I’m […]

Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping is not an easy task.   Although the holidays are not about presents, there are often times when you want to find a gift for someone.  Retailers across the country are trying to get you in the door, and everyone else on the planet, to buy the newest gadget or toy.  Marketers salivate […]

Spreading Too Thin

As a working mother and wife, I often spread myself too thin.  Between helping with homework, getting involved in too many things, working full time, and trying to make everyone happy, sometimes, I drive myself crazy.  When I get that way I have to step back and think about things and pick some things that […]

Your Meaning of Happiness

The meaning of happiness is defined differently for everyone, especially around the holidays.  I love the lights, decorations, and the food.  My kids like the presents.  Others like being with family and still others are happy just to have an extra day off, and be home alone with peace and quiet.  However you define happiness, […]

Forgiving Yourself

Forgiving yourself is a very tough thing to do.  As we go through life, I believe that there are many times when we say and do things that we would like to take back, or try to do again.   I think about events in my history, and some things I would happily repeat,  but others […]