Getting past Cold Feet to Say, “I DO”

Oh, Weddings! Many dream for years of nuptial perfection while others take “the right person at the right time” pragmatic approach. To some, marriage feels like the appropriate next step in relationship development, while others seem to forego the...

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Companionship Managed to Vibrant Results

The Purple Heart is a medal of honor bestowed upon heroic American soldiers wounded in battle. This Valentine's season, in the name of love (not war) I am respectfully borrowing this concept and applying it to our relationships. My...

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The Facets of Self-Love

Self-love isn't Selfish One of the most significant things a person can do in life is to shower themselves with nonjudgmental and unconditional self-love. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done as many people struggle with this notion. So, why...

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Healthy Conflict Resolution

Let’s be honest: couples fight! This scenario gets a bad rep. but in reality, healthy conflict is an essential component of even the happiest and healthiest relationships. Arguments can be used as a tool to express feelings, gain insight...

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The F Word – Overcoming the fear of FAILURE

The F Word - Overcoming the fear of FAILURE The "F Word" The "F Word" I am referring to is not the expletive uttered under our breaths in heavy traffic but, rather, to another F Bomb: FAILURE In our "success at all costs"...

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How to Make Love a Safe Investment

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...

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Acceptance as a Path to Freedom

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...

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Accepting every moment with a smile and a tail wag is what life’s all about

Accepting every moment with a smile and a tail wag is what life’s all about Lessons Dogs Leave when they Leave Us Nurturing others, whether it is the act of raising a child, giving your time to a charity or rescuing...

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Mothering and Parenting – An Updated Understanding

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...

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