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“Everything Happens for a Reason,” “This too shall pass,” “Just Let it Go” and other forms of Spiritual Bypassing that Actually do More Harm Than Good.

Many of us (myself included) have often said these well-meaning phrases.  Things like “Let go and Let God,” “They’re (your loved ones who have died) are in a better place now,” “God doesn’t give you anymore than you can handle” are intended to “make people feel better,” but when they are in place of acknowledging … Continue reading “Everything Happens for a Reason,” “This too shall pass,” “Just Let it Go” and other forms of Spiritual Bypassing that Actually do More Harm Than Good.

How to Have Healthier Conflict for Happier Relationships

It can be the thing that we most avoid, it can make us want to run away, shut down, lie, ignore people, drink too much wine and a host of other things. CONFLICT! It is BOUND TO HAPPEN in any relationship that is worth having however.  If a relationship cannot withstand conflict, it is probably … Continue reading How to Have Healthier Conflict for Happier Relationships

Hate To Tell You “Do-Gooders” But….People Pleasing is Just Another Form of Manipulation

Perhaps we have someone in our lives that we would consider a “bulldozer.” They seem to always get what they want and have a very hard time accepting “no” for an answer.  They are extremely convincing or downright dishonest and/or they only call us when they want something.  These are the characteristics that we generally … Continue reading Hate To Tell You “Do-Gooders” But….People Pleasing is Just Another Form of Manipulation

Travel Grows My Ability to Handle Stress (But Here’s How You can Practice the Same Strategy)

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” ― Anthony … Continue reading Travel Grows My Ability to Handle Stress (But Here’s How You can Practice the Same Strategy)

Why Your Relationship Might Be At The Root of You Not Ever Feeling Good Enough: Top 10 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse.

Some people may have narcissistic parents or are in romantic relationships or friendships with narcissists.  If you recognize some of these signs, it is likely that this person will have very little self-awareness.  Of course, I am in the business of believing that people can change, but remember- you can’t change others.  They will likely … Continue reading Why Your Relationship Might Be At The Root of You Not Ever Feeling Good Enough: Top 10 Signs of Narcissistic Abuse.

Let Codependency Live on in Soap Operas, Not your Life GUEST BLOG by KRISTEN MCGEEHON

https://youtu.be/ROl4qW_TET0 There is so much more to this term than just “being clingy” in a romantic relationship.   Many people find that their friendships, their familial relationships, and even their relationship with their work can feel codependent at times. A person who is codependent will plan their entire life around pleasing the other person.   … Continue reading Let Codependency Live on in Soap Operas, Not your Life GUEST BLOG by KRISTEN MCGEEHON

How to Support Your Friend for Whom Mother’s Day Sucks!

  Mother’s Day- get ready for lots of brunch advertisements and reminders to buy flowers.  If you have a supportive mama that is alive and healthy or if you are a mama and have a healthy good relationship with your children, then perhaps this day is conflict free and one of celebration.  But for many, … Continue reading How to Support Your Friend for Whom Mother’s Day Sucks!

Religious Refugees: 10 signs of a toxic Spiritual Environment

People are beginning to leave toxic spiritual environments as a result of feeling judged, shamed, mistreated, demeaned or even abused.  I call these folks religious refugees.  It can feel lonely and scary to leave a toxic community.  Even though there might be deep pain there, they may provide your only sense of community.  Here are … Continue reading Religious Refugees: 10 signs of a toxic Spiritual Environment

Are you the Drama Addict?Guest Blog Kristen McGeehon

Drama, drama, drama. You’re having the same argument for the third time this week (and the past 12 weeks), and you can’t seem to get past it. Maybe you’ve quit a third job in 6 months because you cannot seem to get along with your boss or coworkers. If you keep finding yourself in these … Continue reading Are you the Drama Addict?Guest Blog Kristen McGeehon

When you’re running on an empty bucket

Ideally, we are supposed to grow up with loving and protective parents that are curious about who we really are, they nurture and support us, they teach us how to protect ourselves and take care of ourselves. Our caregivers’ voices become our internal voice. We internalize the way they spoke to us as a way … Continue reading When you’re running on an empty bucket