Relationships or Rules? Which Would You Choose?

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Manhattan Beach, California, when I was four years old, I was spending a glorious day with my family at the beach. I loved building sandcastles, burying my Dad in the sand, and dancing up and down in the waves, trying to outrun them. I...

Letting Go When All You Want To Do Is Hold On 2.0

With New Year resolution making mentality in the air, I find myself revisiting some reflections from a few years ago. Letting Go When All You Want To Do Is Hold On, was a post I penned in January, 2014; it received 2,000+ hits. While that may not be much to some of...

Do You Need a Self-Care Intervention?

Nothing says I love you like a friend who is willing to tell you the truth. Even if it stings a little.  Rewind to about a month ago. I was having coffee with a friend, willing the caffeine and conversation to give me the energy I needed to push through my unending...

The Outcome of Hope

  Not long ago I was in a meeting with some well-educated people, brainstorming ways to create an appealing message to capture the interest of those seeking recovery. I suggested incorporating the word “hope” into our messaging. Someone shot back, “No – hope has...

Reflections From the Waiting Room

As I write this, I am sitting in the waiting room. Literally. My husband is having surgery today. While it is apparently a fairly common procedure in the surgical world, he has been nervous about it. I think the urgency with which his surgeon felt it needed to be...

How to Keep Yourself From Coming Unwrapped This Christmas

  Got peace? It’s no secret that while Christmas is a favorite time of year for many, for others it causes great distress and sadness. Christmas is just a few days away, and while many of us are getting increasingly excited, some are experiencing exponential panic....