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Social Media & The New Echo Chamber

One of the best (read: worst), parts of college is the assignment (read: punishment) to write research papers on various subjects. Usually writing isn’t a huge deal, I’d like to think I’m pretty great at throwing some coherent thoughts together (though you probably...

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Gratitude in All Things…This Too

Mindfulness teaches us to have gratitude in all things. Really? Is that really necessary? I like Buddha as much as the next gal, but come on. I can think of plenty of things in my life that I haven’t felt particularly grateful for. Shall I begin? Like the time I was...

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Lessons in Flexibility

I’ve never been a very flexible person. I remember in elementary school we would do the “v-sit reach” and I was always embarrassed watching my gymnast friends mindlessly fold in half while I struggled to get just one more inch (for those of you didn’t have experience...

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Commuting Musings

As you probably know by now, I got married almost a year ago (!!), and it’s been an adventure. We’ve survived a global pandemic, living with my parents and navigating our life together while he is a Student Athlete. My husband plays football at a Jr. College in...

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Faith and Suffering

A high percentage of the clients I work with identify themselves as faithful, and while we don’t spend much time in therapy discussing an individual’s specific religious beliefs, we do at times talk about the way certain beliefs influence or impact the individual. A...

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Radical Hope

What a year. I have never lived through a year like this one. Events of 2020 include, but are not limited to: The Global Covid-19 pandemic that has struck over 41 million worldwide and killed over a million people, including killing 223,000 US citizens to date;...

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Regular Cleanings

I had the unfortunate pleasure of recently helping my little brother clean his college apartment. His contract was up, which means everything needed to be cleaned for the ominous “white glove check.” Due to COVID-19, my brother had not been in the apartment in five...

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The Purpose of Food

I have officially begun mourning the summer months. I absolutely adore the summertime and the activities in the warm sun, the fresh flavors and icy treats, and the feeling of freedom. Even though I’m not in school anymore, I still feel a little lighter and freer from...

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Good Grief

Since the beginning of the year, I have been studying and preparing to become a certified thanatologist. (Thanatologists are experts in the field of dying and bereavement. Don’t worry if you haven't ever heard of them - I was in your shoes two years ago! I met a...

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Coming Home to Myself

I did something last week that felt really big to me. It may sound like a simple, small, or even a silly thing to you when I tell you what I did. But for me it was momentous and empowering. Part of me felt embarrassed, being a 38-year-old woman, going to a body...

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Take a Breath

For the past few months I’ve been learning about and trying (mostly failing) to practice mindfulness. While I haven’t been great at consistently practicing mindful meditation (I get so dang sleepy), I have been trying to be more aware of what is going on around me, in...

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Cultivating Resilience: Self-Compassion

I’ve spent a good part of the year blogging about developing resilience, and we have come to the 6th and last specific skill we can cultivate in order to increase our resilience! This month, we will focus on developing the practice of self-compassion. In my clinical...

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