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The Dreaded Homework Assignment-Journaling

So you’ve hit that point in therapy when your therapist asks, “Have you tried journaling?”  Most people avert eye contact, start to fidget and then blurt something out about how they tried it that one time.  For some reason we have created a space within our minds that say journaling is hard, time consuming and […]

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Five Fall Mindful Techniques

As we start heading into the fall season I often time find humans start slipping on healthy habits that were formed over the summer.  Here is a short list of five mindful habits to be aware of keeping or starting going into fall and our soon to be busy holiday season. Have a relaxed morning […]

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An Unexpected Guest

Summer always has a smell to me-ripe jalapenos and bratwurst on the grill.  As the sun starts to set while watering the plants, I get a soft but noticeable smell of the green peppers that are ready to be picked.  As I hold a pile of them gently in my hand I have an unexpected […]

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Wisdom for Your Younger Self

You see it often when a celebrity is being interviewed:  What would you tell your younger self?  What would your adult-self tell your kid-self?  I recently heard an interview where this question was asked and it got me thinking. This could be a really valuable question to ask ourselves and then share with the kiddos […]

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The Pterodactyl

The noise that comes from my youngest sister when she is in that deep bottomless belly laugh has been dubbed “The Pterodactyl”. While the rest of us are doubled over wiping tears from our eyes, she is often on the floor doing her best to keep the sound from escaping her lips; gasping for air, […]

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Life As A Coloring Book

To this day, I can still see my grandma bringing out the metal tin and remember the smell of crayons take over the room.  Most of the crayons were missing their paper and half the size they once were.  I have always admired my grandmothers coloring skills, but this was especially so in my elementary […]

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Adults and Social Media

The open discussion on technology and bullying has been quite prevalent in the past few years with regards to how our kiddos are using and being affected by social media.  While I find research and continued conversation about this to be extremely useful and helpful, I would like to have an open discussion on how […]

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Millennials In The Workplace

Because I couldn’t write it better, plus he has neat glasses. A challenge to all Omaha business’s, big or small, to create a work environment to help build confidence with our Millennials.   Build Confidence.  Build Patience.  No cell phones in meetings.  

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Family Through Friends, Friends Through Neighborhood

I have recently begun the discussion of community, neighborhood and sense of belonging.  For me, these concepts are continuously illustrated by memories of my grandparents and, more recently, a very real situation involving my grandmother.  She turned 90.  Yep the big 9-0, and when asked what she wanted to do for the day (besides have […]

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Because You Really Did The Best You Could

Brené Brown discusses a theory in her book “Rising Strong” that all people, every day, are truly doing the best they can.  It took me more than a minute to wrap my head around her narrative.  In fact, I put the book down with a “Brené, you have really lost your mind on this one!” […]

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