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Life Lessons Directly From The Jalapeno Plant

Life Lessons Directly From The Jalapeno Plant

I grew up knowing two things to be true. Coffee is always served warm and at 3:00 with a snack and having my hands in dirt made me feel grounded.  It was the 80’s and well, caffeine in small humans wasn’t quite as frowned upon as it is now.  If grandpa...
The K’s of Baseball

The K’s of Baseball

I have enjoyed baseball for as long as I can remember.  My childhood friend Andy played and was a huge Cubbies fan, my sisters and I played softball every summer and my grandfather always asked for tickets to watch the Salt Dogs play for his birthday.  While my...
Swatting Bugs

Swatting Bugs

Historically I was never one for nature.  I loved all the creature comforts that AC, a bathroom with running water and a refrigerator had to offer.  I wasn’t the kid that never went outside, but I wasn’t the kid that asked to go camping either.  Camping in my world...
Family Historian

Family Historian

I have become my family’s historian by default after my mothers’ side of the family started to pass away.  Tubs of pictures, clippings and other items were passed on to my mom and then on to me. I was in awe and a little inundated with the amount of pictures and...
The Inner Critic

The Inner Critic

Do you ever stop to notice how you talk to yourself when you make a mistake?  With ease we slide into our inner critic and oftentimes kick up thoughts of “I can never get it right.  I’m always a failure.  I will never be good enough.”  Follow me...
Paralyzed By Choice

Paralyzed By Choice

We live in a day and age where we have endless possibilities through endless scrolling.  There is Facebook, Twitter and my personal favorite: late night Netflix. You run through Netflix and before you know it, an hour has passed by and you haven’t committed to a...
I’m Running Low on Serotonin

I’m Running Low on Serotonin

The last week and a half of 2021 I felt as if I were a tethered wrecking ball.  Another year of being smothered with the loss COVID has slayed upon the world seemed to be the other foot we were hoping wouldn’t drop as we sat on our couches New Year’s Eve...
Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

Why do we play with fire?Why do we run our finger through the flame?Why do we leave our hand on the stoveAlthough we know we’re in for some pain? Oh, why do we refuse to hang a lightWhen the streets are dangerous?Why does it take an accidentBefore the truth gets...
The Super Couple

The Super Couple

Did you know there are 13.5 million self help books out there on relationships?  Because humans are social species, being around other people generally makes us feel better.  A loving and long-lasting relationship is what people search for.  So how do we keep it once...
Nonnegotiables

Nonnegotiables

I’ve been circling the drain on an article I read this past summer on nonnegotiables.  It’s a term we use a lot in therapy in regards to new jobs, new relationships, redefining family relations and overall building a sense of identity.  Identifying the big...