Finding Balance In Life

When working with patients, part of the work usually becomes finding a balance between personal needs, the needs of a family, and the needs of a job.  Finding the balance between all things can be very difficult at times.  Without balance, mental health issues can fester and become worse.  Depression can increase, and anxiety can […]

Let It Be Enough

This weekend has been about reflection.  Sometimes we need to stop and think about what we want, who we are, and where we are going.  Other times, things get thrown in the mix and we have to stop and re-evaluate.  I work with people, most days, to help them be less critical of themselves, but […]

Making People Happy

The noblest art is that of making people happy. P. T. Barnum   After watching The Greatest Showman, I kept thinking about the movie.  It was interesting to think about how the circus got started, and how people who had been outcasts, found a place.  I know there is likely more to the story, and […]

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival- Weekend 2

I am often in awe of people who have special gifts and can make gardens look amazing, and cook such wonderful creations that taste so scrumptious.  I enjoy cooking and baking, but I am no chef, or gourmet for that matter.  Baking is my favorite, but if I baked half as much as I would […]

Happiness Research

Have you ever googled happiness?  While researching for this article, I found lots of information about research being done on happiness.  It made me think of City Slickers, with Billy Crystal.  I liked this movie because he is seeking happiness, by going to a dude ranch with his friends.  They are herding cattle and chaos […]

How to Find Help

We have talked about finding a good therapist, but it’s worth talking about again.  I have now been involved in mental health for almost 25 years, and I have seen lots of things over the years.  There has been new diagnosis, misunderstood diagnosis, over used diagnosis, but it all boils down to the mental health […]

A Word of Hope and Peace

I was lucky enough to be at EPCOT last night, for Illuminations.  I love that show.  The fireworks are great, but the message is of peace and the world working together on the planet we call home.  I have probably seen that show about 50 times by now, but it touches me every time I […]

Lets Eat Dinner

How did your family do things when you were growing up?  Did you watch television together?  Did you go on vacation together?  Did you play games?  Did you eat dinner together?  I can remember growing up, and having dinner at the table in the evenings when my parents got home from work.  I also remember […]

Disney Dreaming

No happy place for me this weekend, but that won’t stop me from dreaming of my next trip.  I told my family that I would rather be playing Candy Crush, sitting in a Disney park, than sitting on my couch at home.  I stand behind that, so when I can’t be there, I enjoy looking […]

Feeling Successful

When you start planning for a career, you start thinking about things you like to do.  You try things and find what you enjoy.  Some things you will like, and other’s you might like for a while, and still others you try, but won’t like, so you try something else.  It’s almost like dating!  When […]