It’s ok not to be ok.

As a positive psychologist, I often write about the bright side of life. Including harnessing strengths, enhancing motivation, and flourishing in the wake of adversity. Not the whole picture. While strengths are vital to realizing one’s full potential – it’s not the whole picture when it comes to living a balanced life. Embrace the downside. We …

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You hold the key.

Even though we often have little control over the “outside forces” in our lives, we can always make a positive difference – from the inside out. Start here. Right here. Right now. Be still. Breathe in gratitude. Be thankful for this very moment. Start small. Notice your passing thoughts. Let go. Awareness empowers. Notice the exact …

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Stressful Times: Empowering Life Lessons

 Question your stress. It has a lesson for you. 1/ Identify a stressor / challenge in your life. Be specific. For example: Not enough money. Too busy. Lack of sleep. Pushy relative. Your Answer: ______________________________ 2/ What is this stressor / challenge trying to teach you? For Example: Slow down. Change jobs. End a relationship. …

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Failure is the opportunity to begin again.

Ask someone how they feel about failure in the midst of it; life as they know it is over.  Ask someone how they feel about failure one year later; life as they know it has been transformed. 🦋  5 Ways to Feel Strong in the Midst of Failure: Take a long deep breath. Be still. Don’t …

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Set a time limit on negativity.

Time is in such short supply. The sooner we appreciate its value, the better life becomes. When I was a kid my mom set the egg timer for almost everything we did; whether it was how long we spent doing our homework, weeding the garden, watching television, or complaining about life’s challenges.   It helped …

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Writing in One Word.

In One Word: Describe how you feel when you write. Writing makes me feel ALIVE! For me, writing is all encompassing. The words become the beat of my heart. The words become the oxygen I breathe. The words become all that I touch, feel, and see. For me, writing is all encompassing. I am the …

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Summer school.

Bittersweet Ending The end of a college semester is always bittersweet. Summer school is no different. The final psychology exam was just this week. And I miss my summer students already. Full disclosure: Psychology is my passion. Pre-Nursing Psychology I am grateful to have met so many wonderful St. Clair College students in the pre-nursing …

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Gratitude multiples our treasures.

This rollercoaster life. Life is full of highs and lows. Wins and losses.  Joys and sorrows.  Celebrations and defeats. Too much and too little. Make the shift. Nothing shifts us from scarcity to abundance more quickly than a sudden moment of appreciation and gratitude. Multiply your treasures. Take a moment (this moment) to look up and breathe in all that …

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