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Reducing Mental Health Stigma

This is part 2 in a series of blogs focused on Mental Health Awareness Month, which is observed during the month of May. I think it is important to mention that I am not a mental health professional and that all blogs written to support this series are based on my experiences, as well as through the reading and research I have done to support the topics chosen.   I received a tremendous response after sharing the first blog in this series asking for your help and suggestions to support...

Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month and that it has been observed in the United States since 1949?   Mental health is a topic that is uncomfortable for many and misunderstood by even more. It is also an area that so many are working so hard on. Eliminating stigma, providing support and sharing resources are just a few parts of this movement to raise awareness about mental health.   This is the first in a series of blogs I will be sharing throughout the month.  I will be...

This is the Big 45!

I didn’t plan on writing a blog today; however, I found myself thinking about what today means to me and felt compelled to share a few words.   Today is my 45th birthday!   Wow, 45! I can’t help but smile.  My morning began with Omari and the kids singing “Happy Birthday” and I have already received numerous calls, texts and social media messages. I feel the love from near and far and couldn’t be more grateful. The connections I share with so many of you mean so much to me.   Pausing and...

Consistency

It has been quite a while since I’ve written a blog. Part of me wants to say it’s because I haven’t had the time. But I know good and well that I make time for things that are a priority to me. Unfortunately, writing has gotten pushed to the bottom of the to-do list the last few months, but I am also creating in other ways which has felt really good. I have been teaching quite a bit of yoga and using that as an opportunity to get...

The Power of Personal Mantras

If you are one of those people who hear the word ‘mantra’ and think “this is not for me”, then this probably IS for you. I know it makes some people uncomfortable to use a word that they do not know the meaning of, so let’s get that right out of the way. The word mantra has two generally accepted definitions: “a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation, and a statement or slogan repeated frequently.” While the origin is found in Hinduism and Buddhism, the...

The Power of Journaling

For the month of December, I have been focusing quite a bit of my content on journaling.  Not only is it a practice that I believe in wholeheartedly but I have also experienced its benefits firsthand.  Journaling is a form of meditation and can be a wonderful way to begin to spend some time with our thoughts.  Instead of attempting to dismiss our thoughts completely (which is not the intent of meditation), it may be helpful to write them down.  Have you tried journaling before?   Over in my private...

Now What?

As of November 9, 2020, I have been tracking my food for 365 days.  “Why”, you may wonder?  “So what”, you may be thinking.  “What does tracking your food even mean?”. I had all of these questions too, before I began.  Today’s blog is going to answer those questions and more.   I am no stranger to monitoring my food intake, keeping a diary of what I eat or even tracking my macros.  Maybe you have tried one or two of these, as well.  I have done all of those...

Values (part 2)

This is a continuation of my blog, “Values (part 1)”.  If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, please do so here before continuing on.   You may have discovered that identifying the things that are important to you isn’t very difficult, but pairing that list with the intent of identifying your core values, the three-ish values that identify who you are at your core, isn’t very easy at all.  That’s ok!  As I previously mentioned, it often takes time to really feel confident in the values you...

Values (part 1)

Often times, when working with clients, one of the first exercises we navigate together is a Values Assessment, which ultimately leads to the identification of their core values.  This is not something that happens in an hour or even over the course of a week.  However, taking the time to begin exploring who you are deep down into your soul, is worth it.  Not only is it important for the individual to know what their core values are, it is also helpful for me as their coach.  If...

How Long Have You Been a Life Coach?

I get asked quite often how long I’ve been a Life Coach.  To be honest, I’m not really sure how to answer that question. I guess the technical answer would be since February 2018, when I completed my Life Coaching Certification. But it seems to me like it would be more than fair to say at least since 2008, which is a whole 10 years earlier (and that’s being conservative)!   I’m sure most of you know that I served in the Army for almost 21 years.  I’m also sure...