The benefits of fear

BOO! The Benefits of Fear

The sun is setting sooner than I thought it would. Wouldn’t it be funny if I got lost in the woods? I’m not really in the woods, this is just a park. Stop being dramatic. It’s really getting dark out. The path took us pretty close to the edge of the cliff, watch your feet.…

the magic of 21 days

The Magic of 21 Days

21 Day Fix, 21 Day Kickstart, 21 Day Sugar Detox, Transforming Habits in 21 Days, Quit Complaining for 21 Days, How to do Anything in 21 Days… A quick Google search can show you that just about anything can be achieved if you work toward it for 21 days. But, what is so magical about…

Beautiful mixed race woman expressing freedom on a summer evening outdoors with her arms outstretched

Sloppy Self-Care

As a counselor, I encourage self-care strategies on a routine basis, but how hypocritical am I each time I turn to a cupcake for comfort or vent vehemently? I’ve recently cut sugar out of my diet and this change has caused me to examine how I cope with stress. In fact, I actually have to…

House on pile of money

#Adulting

#Adulting is trending all over social media. “Officially a home owner!!! #adulting,” “Didn’t think I’d spend my entire Saturday at a home improvement store. #adulting”, “Increased my 401k contribution. Only 40 more years until retirement. #adulting”. There are two components to adulting:  1) the action and 2) the humble brag. The action of adulting, as…

Cheeseburgers and Taxes

Cheeseburgers and filing my taxes, yes please! The concept of temptation bundling is a great way to find motivations for the “shoulds” of life, those activities you should get done, but continue to put off. Temptation bundling is the act of pairing an activity you look forward to, like eating a juicy cheeseburger, with an…

Zombie Preparedness

In the silly spirit of Halloween, I took a class on Zombie Preparedness. Along with recommendations on which machete might best protect my life, I walked away with real life preparedness tips. We were encouraged to consider the term “zombie” as a metaphorical zombie, a threat in the form of a natural disaster or pandemic,…

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

I am a bit of a Mad Men fiend. I love taking a glimpse into life in the 60s. Being a child of the 80s, I was taken aback by the amount of smoking in the workplace that was taking place at Sterling Cooper (not to mention the drunkenness and sexual harassment, but that’s a…

The Foodie and Food Insecurity

My foodie dreams came true! I met Mario Batali. I am a huge fan of this celebrity chef. I spend many Sundays in the kitchen trying to re-create dishes he prepares on his daily talk show, ABC’S The Chew. He was touring the country, promoting his new book, American Farm to Table. I jumped at…

A Powerful Message on Suicide

Suicide seems unavoidable these days. Now before you start calling my emergency contacts out of concern, allow me to explain. Since the death of Robin Williams, there has been an abundance of suicide awareness in the media. That awareness is great. People are now more informed than ever on how to seek help for themselves…