Zen Weddings: Creating Expectations

Zen Weddings: Creating Expectations

Staying Zen before the Wedding: Creating Expectations Before each and every counseling session, I ask my couples for an agenda of what they may want to cover. Usually they pick one of The Big Issues off the list, but sometimes they go rogue. In a recent counseling...

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Gratituesday 8.13.19 – Weekly Lists, a History

Gratituesday 8.13.19 – Weekly Lists, a History

It's hard to believe that I have been writing and posting my gratitude list for SEVEN years now. My weekly lists have quite a history! In 2013, on the suggestion of Amy Banks, I added the list of celebrations and originally a To-do list. And the tasks shifted to...

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Gratituesday 8.6.19 – Make it!

Gratituesday 8.6.19 – Make it!

Last month was Plastic-free July. I have abstained from lots of things that I could not easily or cheaply find NOT wrapped in plastic. So if I wanted a it, I had to make it! So I've made hair gel using flax seeds, toothpaste using coconut oil and baking powder and...

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Gratituesday 7.30.19 – Make Me Stronger

Gratituesday 7.30.19 – Make Me Stronger

In the words of the poet, Kanye West... "N-now th-that that don't kill me Can only make me stronger I need you to hurry up now 'Cause I can't wait much longer..." I have seen such adversity lately, that I really don't know how I've managed to get through the day. But...

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Gratitudesday 7.16.19 – Daily Challenges

Gratitudesday 7.16.19 – Daily Challenges

This week has been full of daily challenges. I'm not talking about my regular issues, and there HAVE been lots of that this week. I am talking about a number of tasks that I am attempting to do in a relatively large number of topics. So not only am I trying for my...

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Gratituesday 7.2.19 – Wrapped in Plastic

Gratituesday 7.2.19 – Wrapped in Plastic

Grocery shopping used to be so easy. Now decisions on what to buy are made largely around what's wrapped in plastic, and what's not. It used to be an easy drive to the market, grab anything off the shelves that looked good and was in budget, bag it up and then drive...

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Recipe: PIMM’S CUP

Recipe: PIMM’S CUP

Welcome to Summer! I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of my usual gin & tonic. Need a new drink for summer? Let's take a jump across the pond for inspiration. How about a Pimm's Cup? Pimm's No. 1 is a gin-based liqueur originally created in London as a...

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Strengthening Relationships: SIBLINGS

Strengthening Relationships: SIBLINGS

At the end of April, I had the opportunity to do something new: a sibling counseling workshop. The groom from a past counseling couple reached out and told me that he and his sisters were starting an annual sibling retreat weekend. Their mother suggested they not only...

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Desire Wednesday 6.26.19 – Clean Slate

Desire Wednesday 6.26.19 – Clean Slate

In yoga, we fully exhale the breath in order to take a full breath in. It's all about creating a clean slate. With my apartment, I originally wanted to do only the bear minimum in terms of updating. However my friend Carlos and my mother encouraged me to do a full gut...

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Desire Wednesday 6.19.19 – Riding the Wave

Desire Wednesday 6.19.19 – Riding the Wave

In my grad school thesis, I talked about laughter being like running water. You can allow it to flow, just as you can add things to censor and stop it from pouring out. Or perhaps it's more like riding the wave. There is something completely joyous and cathartic about...

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