Celebrations

We are in the season of many celebrations and hopefully much joy and fun!  Depending on your religious or ethnic background/beliefs, there are several different things to celebrate during this time of the year.  I would like to suggest that we should be celebrating all year, not just between the 4th Thursday in November (Thanksgiving)…

Do You Believe in Santa?

Almost yearly, I get asked how to handle the “Santa issue” with children.  One of my students told me she was writing a paper on the evils of perpetuating the “Santa myth”.  This caused me to stop and reflect a bit on how we can help both adults and children cope with Santa. I imagine…

Simplifying the Holidays!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and Christmas is just around the corner.  Oh, yes and the New Year is right on Christmas’ heels.  So much to do and it seems as if there is simply not enough time to do it! Or is there?  Perhaps we can actually truly enjoy this holiday season by making…

Epiphanies: Do They Really Matter?

Let’s start with the obvious:  what the heck is an epiphany?  An epiphany is usually defined as a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential meaning or nature of something.  The simple version is a sudden insight which gives us a deeper understanding of some topic. I find that as we enter the holiday…

Tips to Enjoy the Holidays, Starting with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is almost here and I hope you all have lots to be Thankful for in your lives.  In the USA, Thanksgiving is celebrated with family and friends, a large meal and football/napping (sometimes at the same time!).  This also marks the start of the Christmas season with the shopping, decorating and partying associated with…

What Are Blessings?

This is the time of year, starting with Thanksgiving, that we should be thankful for our blessings.  Sometimes people will ask me to help them identify blessings because they aren’t feeling very blessed.  For some people, this time of year is difficult because of different situations or circumstances they find themselves in at the moment….

What Are You Thankful for This Year?

It’s less than 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and it’s time to stop and remember all the good things that have happened and that we have in our lives.  We spend most of the time thinking about what’s wrong or what we don’t have and I believe that that’s not a good use of our time,…

Self-care is Important, Especially This Time of Year

Do you tend to put your clients, family, job, etc. before yourself?  While that’s an honorable idea, it doesn’t work in reality.  If you are always giving to others, taking care of others and not yourself, eventually you will not have much to give to anyone!  And as we are entering the holiday season, it…

Last Word on Balance

One more thought on balance:  how do we achieve it?  Well, it takes a little effort and some attention to the details of our life.  First of all, consider this an experiment that will take a week or so and then you can decide if you want to continue it. Sit down tonight and put…

Personal vs Professional Balance

One more thought about balance, if you don’t mind.  It is very important to balance our professional life and our personal life.  It helps our relationships, at home and work; it helps us to be more productive and it helps us to enjoy life, not just feel as thought the only purpose we have is…

Balanced Relationships are Better Relationships

One of the most important areas where balance is necessary is in our personal relationships.  I discussed this a little bit in my first discussion about balance, but here I want to focus on romantic/family relationships specifically. In a relationship, it is vital to maintain good balance in all areas.  That doesn’t mean you will…

Healthy Balance

One of the best ways to improve and maintain our health (physical and mental/emotional) is to make sure that we have balance in our life and in our diet.  (Diet as in what you normally eat and drink.)  The more balance we have, the better we feel in all areas. In the eating department, balance…