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...

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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...

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Success means knowing the difference between who we are and what we do

On most mornings, thoughts of work, errands, and chores stir me awake: To Do lists snap me from my slumber and toward a full day's worth of duties and tasks. My mind "goes there" out of habit and a...

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To Change or Not to Change?

Often a person enters into therapy stating that they need to make a change (or changes) in their lives. These desired changes generally fall into the category of adjustments to thoughts, circumstances, and/or behaviors. But first, a distinction needs...

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Easy Perspective Shifts to Enhance Your Life

This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System! Perspective is everything: As a kid, the above announcement would haphazardly blare from the television: I'd cover my ears, irritated by the interruptive hole it punched in any afterschool rerun we...

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Small Steps Toward Positive Change

I believe that the “do one thing differently” technique works for a variety of client concerns. In my experience, this approach has been helpful in decreasing ruminating thoughts and defeating self-talk, improving self-esteem, breaking negative habits, increasing motivation, and...

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How Curiosity Keeps Us Healthy

How Curiosity Keeps Us Healthy I am excited about iPhone X. While this may sound trendy, trite, even off-putting to non-Apple pickers - Let me state the case for my curiosity... Today's hand-held devices are Smart: We are all within thumb's reach...

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Telling the Truth About Lying

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...

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Resolutions: Mapping Goals for Willpower and Success

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...

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How ageless beauty lies within our abilities to live forward not backward

How ageless beauty lies within our abilities to live forward not backward Spring Forward 'Tis the season: People date, animals mate and flowers bloom as the days grow longer and the planet springs forward into its annual cycle of birth and...

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