Critical Thinking: Becoming a Lost Art?

Is critical thinking becoming a lost art?  I teach classes for a local college and I often teach dual-credit classes, which means I work with high school seniors (sometimes juniors) who are getting ahead with their college goals, as well as traditional on-campus students.  Over the years, I have seen lots of things change in…

Why is it so Hard to Let Ourselves Relax?

I have specialized in stress management and relaxation since grad school.  That’s what my Master’s thesis was about, and back in the early 90’s, we didn’t even know as much then as we do today.  There are thousands of articles about the importance of being in balance and being able to relax in our hectic…

What is Being Authentic?

One of the buzz words in society today is authenticity, or being authentic.  We encourage people to be authentic, but what does that really mean and how do we go about it? To be authentic is to be to be genuine (or of undisputed origin).  Genuine is defined as being truly what something/someone is said…

Something New at Beacon

We are excited to announce a new online service at Beacon Professional Counseling and Relaxation Center.  Have you ever wanted to ask a coach or a counselor a question?  Didn’t want an appointment; didn’t want to be evaluated, didn’t even need an hour!  You just have a question or two and you would like a…

What Can 1 Penny Do?

I have heard people say for years that we should get rid of pennies because they just are worth much.  And for a time, I agreed with that sentiment.  But in the past year or so, I have changed my opinion on this subject.  I no longer agree with the idea that we should get…

We Grow Up When We Have To!

We are all born and start at 0, that’s something all living creatures share.  And we all grow up until we reach full physical maturity.  Physical maturity happens and we cannot stop it.  But this isn’t about physical maturity.   What I am talking about here is emotional maturity.  While the physical kind happens whether…

Why is it so hard to be happy for others?

Sometimes in life, our friends or our colleagues have really good things happen to them such as promotions, new job, new homes, etc.   I would like to think that we would be happy for them and support them, but I think we are all aware that doesn’t always happen.  As a matter of fact, it…

The Game of Life

We are all playing the game of life and we have been for however long we’ve been alive.  People for decades, even centuries have referred to life as a game.  I’ve been really contemplating that notion of life as a game.  If it’s a game does that mean there are winners and losers?  Or is…

Fall is Calming (er..Coming)

I love Fall.  It is just about my favorite season, but that’s kinda like choosing a favorite kid.  I love them all, but fall is special.  I love the colors of fall and the feel of fall.  The crisp mornings and warm days.  The fall holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving.  School is back in…

Try Doing A Little Better Each Day

I challenge myself several times a week to accomplish a little more than I did the day before.  I always try to improve how well I do my job because I want to give my clients the best I have to give and if I can keep improving it’s good for all of us! What…

Try Understanding

I have frequently talked about how we use language to our advantage and sometimes to our disadvantage.  In this piece, I am using the word understanding in a feeling way, not an intellectual way.  I am talking about understanding, or showing understanding, to other people. Over the years I have learned that sometimes people won’t…