Celebrating You

Five DIY Ways to Pamper Yourself in the New Year By Sandra Bolan The cold temps have set in, and the ramifications of over-indulging throughout the holidays is not only noticeable around the waistline but in our sallow, puffy skin, which might even be breaking out despite being decades removed from puberty. By now, you’ve […]

Breaking Destructive Relationship Patterns

By Sandra Bolan It’s Friday night and instead of spending it with your significant other, you’re spoon-deep in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey that’s being chased down with a bottle of Prosecco, while you watch Bridget Jones’ Diary for the 100th time. While you oscillate between Team Darcy and Team Cleaver, you […]

Keep the Boredom at Bay

Fun Summer Activities for the Whole Family By Sandra Bolan Pandemic. Social distancing. Flattening the curve. Respirator. Ventilator. Coronavirus. Quarantine. Shelter-in-place. Contact tracing. These are just some of the words and phrases COVID-19 has added to our everyday language. Now, you can include virtual tourism. You get to jet-set around the world while avoiding the […]

Mental Health Lessons From a Virus

By Cheryl Francis, LPC, CPCS Everything has its purpose! We may not agree, nor like this phrase; but even a negative situation creates opportunities for learning. The season we’re in right now with the COVID-19 pandemic brings with it lessons that, if continued to practice, will keep us mentally strong. Many of us for the […]

Holding on to Hope and One Another in a Wounded World

By Fred Richards-Daishi, Ph.D. Here’s the scene. It is 1916. The German army is launching a gas attack against the Russian defenses. A moving wall of yellow fog envelopes the Russian troops. The German infantry advances, breaks through the barbed wire barriers and then disappears. The winds shift and both armies are engulfed in the […]

The Road Less Traveled

Kicking your comfort zone to the curb By Sandra Bolan How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something amazing by telling yourself, “I could never do that.” We often talk about traveling the globe, learning a new skill, climbing the corporate ladder or spending more time on a hobby. But that is […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Breaking the stigma of mental illness. By Sandra Bolan When a person tells a friend, co-worker or boss, “I suffer from a mental illness,” the reactions can range anywhere from acceptance and wanting to help, to that person being shunned. Tell those same people you suffer from cancer or diabetes, and the amount of support […]

Feel Good Fuel

Reduce Anxiety and Stress Naturally During Uncertain Times By Sandra Bolan In the past few weeks, we’ve gone from being more diligent about washing our hands, to scrubbing every surface we brush up against; from social distancing to self-isolation, and having the places where we regularly congregate – churches, gyms, restaurants, playgrounds and movie theaters […]

Choosing Happiness

Five Habits You Can Do Now to Increase Your Happiness Have you ever known someone who seems to be perpetually happy? Have you ever wondered what makes them that way? Do they lead a charmed life? Do they have the best of everything? Nothing bad could ever happen to them, right? Wrong. Happy people don’t […]

Learning to Love Yourself

By Cheryl Francis We are approaching the day when everyone wonders if they matter enough to be someone’s Valentine. Some people may be asked out on dates, others may be given flowers and candy and others may simply be reminded that they matter through some other type of loving gesture.  Then, there are those who […]