How to Handle Critics

“Don’t pay attention to the critics. Don’t even ignore them.” The man who said that was Samuel Goldwyn, a big-time Hollywood producer and one of the pioneers of the movie industry. He knew a thing or two about marketing movies, and a thing or two about making quality movies, but he was savvy enough to…

The Cha-Ching of Change

It’s the beginning of January, and I thought I would share with you my own personal story of resolutions. Five months ago, I decided to take my physical fitness to a new level. I met with a personal trainer who helped me discover a new enthusiasm for resistance training. After a month-long introductory trial, my…

Are You an Inny or an Outty?

In early 2012, a Time magazine article described the United States culture as predominately extroverted – “The land of the loud and the home of the talkative.” Studies estimate that about 70% of our population falls on the extroverted side of the spectrum, while 30% are on the introverted side. Most people lie somewhere between…

Clearing My Head

Earlier this fall, I needed to clear my head – it was spinning with anxious thoughts and I was having a hard time concentrating on even the simplest of tasks. To combat this, I set aside a day to unclutter my mind. My plan? To go hiking at an area state park. What started out…

When Children Are the Victims

Shooting incidents involving children have an intense emotional impact for many of us. We often feel horror and sympathy when innocent adults are murdered but when the victims are children, these reactions can be greatly amplified. Shock and Disbelief. “How could anyone kill an innocent child?” This question confounds many of us. Doing such a…

How to NOT Relax

I get a lot of clients who are depressed or anxious. When I do, I want to know how balanced their lives are, so I ask, “How do you relax?” If they watch TV, or name some other passive activity, I’ll dig into this a little. Why? I know that a lot of people confuse…

Exploring Personal Finance

Managing my finances has always baffled me. I had assumed being financially competent was something other people knew how to do well, and somehow I was the only one uninformed. I’ve often wondered, when was I supposed to learn the art of managing money? Did I avoid the class in high school that would teach…

Give Me Your Tired: Shift Workers, Fatigue and Safety

According to recent data 22 million Americans work evening shifts, night shifts, rotating shifts, or another irregular type of schedule. These potentially sleep deprived workers are more likely to think and move more slowly, decreasing productivity. The likelihood of accidents, however, is increased, as evidenced by the estimated cost to American businesses of $18 billion a year!