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Life Skills for Positive Change

  • Simple Solutions – 3 Questions to Change Your Life

    I love simple solutions to seemingly complex issues, don’t you? So often we seem to complicate the daylights out of things by over-analyzing, dissecting and brainstorming. I gravitate toward simple solutions whenever possible. Asking yourself the right question is one of the simplest ways to shift your thoughts in a positive direction without jumping through a bunch of mental or emotional...

  • Empty Nest Syndrome – The Other End of Parenting

    When we are young, starting a family represents a major shift in focus. It requires us to think about the welfare and happiness of children who look to us for everything. It’s a wonderful and scary transition for young parents, one that involves every thread of their being. It’s amazing how fast we come to identify with our role...

  • Protect Your Emotional Health from Negative Talk

    We have scorpions in the forests of southern Oregon where I live, so I am going to use them in an illustrative way to make my point about emotional health. These nasty little critters can slip through the smallest of cracks and have lightning fast stingers. They are bad news on several levels. The sting of most scorpions is...

  • What’s the Value of Knowing Your Core Values?

    Did you know that your personal core values play a huge role in determining whether or not you experience a sense of satisfaction from reaching your goals in life? Did you know that if you don’t take the time to figure out what your core values and standards are, you can easily undermine your own success without even realizing it?...

  • Balancing Stress Instead of Being Consumed by It

    Have you ever noticed how sometimes you will be going along feeling just fine, then all of a sudden, some little thing pushes you right over the edge? That’s how stress usually hits me. I won’t even have a clue that I’m approaching the stress zone until I respond inappropriately to something. Then there are those super resourceful times, you...