My Check Engine Light self-care Dec 16, 2020

This past week was a rough one for me. 

I can tell when I've completely drained myself emotionally because I always get sick. I can sometimes feel my sickness coming on slowly and if I'm not careful to stop and get the rest I need, my body just shuts down and I happen to get whatever is...

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Emotion Scientist or Judge? Dec 10, 2020

I am a huge fan of Judge Judy Sheindlin. For many years she was my reason for folding laundry. I looked forward to that huge pile of laundry on my bed so I could turn on some of her episodes and "educate myself" about the legal system. To be totally honest though, I loved watching the people. I...

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How to Prevent Yourself and Your Holidays From Going Up in Flames Dec 02, 2020

About 18 years ago I decided I should sew matching Christmas dresses for my girls for Christmas. Money was very tight and I figured this was the best way for my girls to look picture perfect in all those Christmas pictures we'd take.

I found an easy pattern and some inexpensive Christmas fabric....

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When You're Just Not Enough gratitude happiness self compassion survivor vs. victim Nov 25, 2020

This last week, I got a difficult diagnosis for my youngest son.

Not an unexpected diagnosis, but a difficult one nonetheless.

All kinds of thoughts have run through my head.

  • I am not good enough to handle this.
  • I am not capable enough to get through this.
  • I don't have the energy to do this.
  • I...
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My FAVORITE Emotion! emotion regulation happiness Nov 18, 2020

I love this movie! Disney's "Inside Out" is a great movie that explores different emotions and the rolls they play in our lives.

When someone told me I reminded them of Joy, I was pretty sure that was the best compliment ever. Of course, I assume it's really because I do a lot of dumb things...

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Why are we so lonely? Nov 09, 2020

I have been studying recently about the intense amount of loneliness our society has been experiencing, and what can be done about it.

Two books I've read have had a huge effect on me and my studies. They are excellent resources for anyone who is looking for more information. Together...

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