My One True Love: My Running Shoes

My One True Love: My Running Shoes

I started running my senior year of high school.  I had avoided running like the plague and dreaded the required P.E. mile run every year. So who knows why I thought running would be for me.  Maybe it was because a college-bound boyfriend broke up with me...
10 Self-Care Ideas

10 Self-Care Ideas

Sunlight- Sometimes just getting out in the sun feels great-Unless you’re my friend Austin in which case-bring on the clouds! The sun tends to lighten up moods and increase energy. Get out in the sun-even in the cold Nebraska weather!Gratitude- Stay grounded. Every...
The Slump

The Slump

We are told we need to have a legitimate reason to feel depressed. But sometimes we don’t have a reason. Sometimes humans can just wake up sad for no good reason. This is when things get tricky. Not having a reason (we also call it a trigger in the therapy world) can...
Loved Ones With Addiction

Loved Ones With Addiction

To say it can be emotionally straining to watch someone you love struggle with addiction would be an understatement.  As the epidemic of addiction continues, we as therapists continue to see more and more family members struggling with what they can do to...
The Dreaded Homework Assignment-Journaling

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...
Five Fall Mindful Techniques

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...
An Unexpected Guest

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...
Wisdom for Your Younger Self

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...
The Pterodactyl

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...
Life As A Coloring Book

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,...