A Look Back

We are closing in on the end of another year.  Yet again the year seems to be one big blur.  With 2017 looming around the corner, I decided to reflect upon the past year and what I’ve learned. I encourage you to do the same. It allows you to pause and note any changes, progress, […]

Reconnect with Your Life

We talk a lot about what stress looks like.  Many of our worries during stressful times take us to the future.  “I have to shop, wrap gifts, bake cookies, clean the house…”  With all the distractions come opportunities to tune out instead of tune in.  Before we know it, a running list of “to do’s” […]

Lessening Holiday Stress

Other than Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, no one begins holiday preparations by saying, “I think I will plan for disappointment, failure and anxiety this year.” We want to succeed in creating experiences of joy and celebration for the people we love. But our plans can backfire and leave us feeling inadequate if we become trapped in […]

A Christmas List

My children were busy this past weekend making their Christmas wish lists.  As I read through their lists, I thought about how each year seems to bring about some new “must-have” toy or game and a mad frenzy by parents to try to secure one for their child.  According to the History channel’s History Lists, […]

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Well, it’s time for thinking ahead to the holidays – as if it has been easy to avoid when everyplace you go has been declaring for the last month that the holidays are here.  It seems like every year the pressure to prepare is increased because of these earlier reminders. Along with the people you […]

God Amid Trauma

The relationship between God and trauma has been a topic of conversation between my friends and I for several years.  A natural response to trauma is for us to question, “Why?” I recently listened to Kate Braestrup’s podcast, Presence in the Wild.    Kate works with law enforcement to bring comfort to grieving families and law […]