Psychology Blog: Individuality the Marie Kondo Way

I enjoy Netflix's Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I love how keeping a household item is determined on this show by the "joy" it currently sparks in its owner. I also appreciate Marie's insistence that dishes, dresses, and dungarees...

Continue reading →

Sensibility: Freedom Begins Within

My mother's family tree is firmly rooted in Alabama's red-clay landscape. Because of her upbringing, my formative years were similarly grounded in a deeply Southern sensibility - a perception many experienced for the first time while paging through To Kill a...

Continue reading →

Using Core Value as a Healthier Melody for Life

The Bass Guitar has "core value" when creating today’s Popular music. Why? Because musicians use this four-stringed instrument to establish a song’s rhythm, tempo, and chordal structure. The bass-guitarist plucks the strings: each note individually sounding to fulfill rhythmic...

Continue reading →

Fearless: Branching out without Going out on a Limb

There’s a squirrel that makes regular visits to our property. Betty, our terrier-mix, always senses the squirrel's presence. She is fearless, excitedly jumping at the glass slider to be let out into the backyard so that she can join...

Continue reading →

Psychology Blog: Pleasure vs. Enjoyment

You may be aware that I co-host the weekly podcast Unsung Leaders. What you may not realize is that I am also an avid listener, as podcasts present wonderful opportunities to hear and absorb wide-ranging perspectives. I recently revisited...

Continue reading →

Manage Distraction by Awakening to Life’s Moments

We’ve all sped past intended freeway exits out of distraction. We’ve also missed whole paragraphs in articles like this one due to daydreaming (another form of distraction). Focus can be challenging for all of us: for me quieting my...

Continue reading →

Hunting for a Happier Holiday Through Acceptance

It’s holiday Open Season! All grown up and no longer toeing-the-line of our parent’s agendas, obligations, and expectations, we have the locked-and-loaded license to see-who-we-wish and do-what-we-like. Sure, Hallmark-tinged moments remain desirous, but we now have free-reign to rein-them-in or...

Continue reading →

Intuition – The Healthy Brew Within You

We’ve all experienced Dèjàvu: Those oddly-familiar moments that feel chillingly unexplainable - the seemingly twisted-together tapestry of intuition and circumstance that jolts us into awareness (I feel like I’ve been here before) and questioning (Am I brushing against another...

Continue reading →

Awareness: Using your Senses not your Stories

I avidly observe dogs because they are present-tense creatures. I find their instinctual logic both useful and inspirational for my own sense of awareness. Sure, dogs occasionally bark, cower or growl but these are behaviors bourne out of real-time...

Continue reading →

Keeping Relationships On-track by Paying Attention

Have you ever looked through a window only to be distracted by your reflection? Instead of intending your gaze on what’s going on past the pane of glass, suddenly you find yourself paying attention to your hair or fussing...

Continue reading →