Optimal Mental Health and Well-Being

6 Time-Management Tips for Going Back to School

One of the more common goals that adults have involves going to school to earn a degree. For some, this might entail returning after a period of time to pursue a second degree, while for others it might involve going back to school as an adult learner for the first time. While this can be…
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Life and Business Coaching Roles

While the concept of life and business coaching might seem easy to grasp, less clear is how it works. People who have considered getting a life coach wonder if it will work with them given the difficulty they may have had in trying to achieve a certain goal such as going back to school to…
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A Life Well Lived

What is the secret to living a fulfilled life? What is happiness? “I’m not happy with my life,” is a common statement I hear from clients. They might be sober for many years, have a good job, and be in better health, yet they still feel like something is missing. Countless authors discuss how happiness…
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Challenge of Being Patient

I would be a terrible farmer. While I would be quite good at doing my part such as tilling the soil and planting the seeds, I wouldn’t do as well when there was nothing else for me to do except be patient and let the seeds germinate and eventually poke their heads through the dirt.…
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Do the Next Right Thing

Have you ever started working toward achieving a goal and then stopped, not being sure what to do next? I think this is a common experience. Sometimes the excitement of taking the initial steps leads us to believe the entire process of achieving a goal is going to be just as easy. Unfortunately, things don’t…
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You’ve Succeeded, Now What?

It’s easy to focus on all the challenges involved when trying to reach our goals. Somehow, trying to reach a goal while coming up short, can feel satisfying. Why is this you might ask? Why would anyone feel satisfied when the failed to reach a goal? Actually, it’s not all that surprising. The status quo,…
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Book Review: The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles

The Science of Getting Rich, written by Wallace Wattles, was originally published in 1910, decades before the current interest in the law of attraction and all the books that have come out recently. As such, this might be a book that you might decide not to read. That would be a mistake, in my opinion.…
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Four Steps to Change Your Life

How often have you thought to yourself about wanting to change your life, but then didn’t take any action? There’s an old saying “If nothing changes, nothing changes” that makes it clear that just thinking about change, and maybe even really desiring change, is not enough. Without taking action toward the desired change, nothing changes…
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Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

When focusing on areas of our lives we want to change, it is easy to act as if we’ve never done anything right. The problem with this tendency is that it sets us up to fail because our focus is on what we are not happy with rather than focus on what we desire. It’s…
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Going Beyond the Wall

I specialize in working with people in recovery from substance abuse, mental health problems, and trauma. To work with such courageous people is an honor. Given I have my own background of substance abuse and trauma that I continue to be in recovery from, I can certainly relate to their struggles. One of the biggest…
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