Self-perception Issues and How to Solve Them My career pivots on self-perception: the insight that it is not life’s events but how we view and behave around these circumstances that dictates mood, behavior, and ultimately success or failure - and...
How to Make Love a Safe Investment When I visited the supermarket two weeks ago - the aisles were already adorned with pink-frosted cupcakes and floating heart-shaped balloons inscribed with the word "Love." Clearly, this pre-holiday product-placement was a teaser designed...
Mothering and Parenting - An Updated Understanding What is Mothering, anyway? Mothers come with different designations: There are birth mothers, adopted mothers, and mothers you choose (like a favorite older friend or mentor). The act of mothering also means a variety of behaviors: Helper, spiritual...
New Year’s Resolutions can serve as effective mapping tools; driving purpose, productivity, and fulfillment. Unfortunately, it's common practice to highjack New Year’s Resolutions and reroute them toward self-involved tests of our emotional worth. Using New Year’s Resolutions to determine self-worth is ironical and...
As lying becomes commonplace in Social Media, a clear conversation is needed about how lying affects our emotional wellbeing. Bending experiences into Instagrammed smiles or exaggerated Facebook passages, many skew personal data. As a result, we've become a culture of false...
Effective Communication Strategies in Five Easy Steps Instead of gazing out a window, have you ever used it as a mirror – fussing with your reflection? I often use this as an illustration when assisting clients in strengthening their...
Acceptance as a Path to Freedom Many have known the unconditional acceptance of Joey Sweetboy - the Therapeutic Assistive Animal that for years teamed with me at The Mental Gym. What you may not have realized is my rough beginnings with...
Sensibility: The Word According to Harper Lee (and others...). Because my mother's family has, for generations, resided in Alabama, I grew up absorbing a sensibility that was deeply Southern. A sensibility many were introduced to during their formative years while shaking...
Resolutions: Mapping Goals for Willpower and Success Most of us set goals, yet the vast majorities neglect to pack the willpower generating maps needed to productively navigate these resolutions. Using past habits to create present successes is not an effective goal...
This morning my neighbor and I watched in fear and horror as a panicking dog bolted in-and-out of traffic along Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. Although his collar and tags jangled visibly as he darted, this anxious and panicking animal...
How Not To Worry About Life Choices Most of us worry about making appropriate life choices. Whether these decisions involve our personal or our professional lives, creating strategic moves within optimal time-frames can feel paramount to our well-being. Life is a series...