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Creating the Conditions to Thrive Dec 14, 2020

It seems like this is another time when lots of folks are hitting walls. The combo of pandemic + winter + holidays is taking a toll, and I find myself thinking  a lot about my aloe plant.

Let me explain.

 

My Aloe

For years, I lived in downtown Kansas City. I loved my last...

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The Power of Suffering: Growing Through Life’s Crises Dec 09, 2020


It’s a fact of life that we’re all going to experience adversity and suffering in our lives. So many factors and events are outside of our control, and despite our best efforts to create the perfect life, tragedy still occurs. 

But, psychological research shows us that it...

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A Critical End of the Year Life Design Exercise Dec 07, 2020

I could begin this post with another reminder about how crazy 2020 has been for all of us, but let's be honest, every single year of our lives brings with it it's own craziness. Albeit not of the variety we've experienced this year, but truly, life is always handing us...

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When you feel like life is against you Dec 02, 2020


There’s no denying it – life is going to hand us adversity. Time and time again, we will be challenged by our circumstances, and many times, those circumstances won’t be in our control. 

When I was 13 years old, I went blind for the first time, and I will admit, I let...

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Why Is This Decision So Hard to Make? How to Overcome Indecisiveness Nov 30, 2020

Why is this decision so hard?!?

I’ve heard myself – and so many others - voice that question, with more than a little frustration, countless times. (The most recent being this morning as I was trying to decide what to write about). We make hundreds of decisions a day...

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Tips for Thriving as an Empathetic Person Nov 25, 2020


Are you the type of person who can naturally and deeply feel the emotions of others around you? Do you find it easy to relate to other people’s emotions and anticipate how other people might be feeling in different situations? Do you naturally think about others and the impact of your...

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A Different Take on Gratitude This Year Nov 23, 2020

This week, our community members in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. For many of us, this year will be different than years past. With the pandemic at an all-time high, many of us are choosing to celebrate the holiday in a smaller, more low-key way.

Regardless of what you...

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What is psychological strength? Nov 18, 2020


CUE THE CONFETTI! Friends, this is episode 200 of the podcast, and in honor of that huge milestone, we’re diving DEEP into the different facets of psychological strength. 

You see, when we talk about ‘building psychological strength,’ we’re really talking about...

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Using Emotional Intelligence to Set Compassionate Boundaries Nov 11, 2020


We all know that we need to set boundaries in our lives in order to protect our own time and energy, but wow can it be hard to do! Sometimes we feel selfish for cutting other people off and not allowing them the time, energy, and resources we know we just can’t provide. ...

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Open Your Heart to Others Around You Nov 09, 2020

We made it. Election night....uh.....week is over in the U.S. As so many people have noted, we have a lot of work ahead of us. The U.S. is extremely divided and polarized. Bringing people together is of utmost importance for us to move forward.

Today, I want to share a...

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6 Steps to Handling Your Most Adverse Situations Nov 04, 2020


I want you to think about the last time you experienced adversity. Big, small, it doesn’t matter.  

Most of us have a pretty easy time coming up with adversity because we face it ALL THE TIME. In EVERY facet of our lives.  

Our relationships, our careers,...

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Your Election Week Survival Guide Nov 02, 2020

Let me get straight to the point. It’s election week in the US, and tensions are HIGH. So many people are feeling anxious and angry as we await the results and anticipate the next 4 years.

I suspect that wait is going to extend well past Tuesday night if the predictions...

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