The Art of Giving

It’s the season of giving and receiving. We’ve all lived long enough to know that some of us are better at giving and receiving than others. And you’ve all been reading this blog long enough to know you’re a captive audience of what’s basically a collection of my opinions. Buckle…

Premeditated.

“Expectations are premeditated resentments.” Wow. I mean… I’ve never heard this before. Maybe you have. Maybe I’m just late to the party. It wouldn’t be the first time. But let’s unpack this. How many times have you been let down in your life? How many times were those let downs…

Gratitude Your Attitude

It’s coming. The train is about to be full steam ahead. It’s about to be hustle and bustle, family gatherings and all those bring, decorating and all that brings, buying gifts and all that brings, holiday baking, traditions and obligations, time crunches, money crunches…Oh. My. Goodness. Not all of these…

Why You Should Vote. Yeah, You.

On November 6, 2018, Posted by , In election,General,social issues, By ,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Why You Should Vote. Yeah, You.

Even if you’re not a regular lottery player, you start to pay attention when the Mega Millions gets over $400 million, right? You buy a ticket or ten and say, “Hey, you never know…” But hundreds of thousands of Americans feel like their vote doesn’t count. There have been instances,…

Very Superstitious

On October 23, 2018, Posted by , In fun stuff,General, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Very Superstitious

This morning I knocked on wood when talking to my 9-year old because we noted he’s gone the entire year without forgetting to take his school-assigned laptop to school. He asked me what on earth I was doing. It just seemed like we couldn’t talk about streak like that without…

Beating Procrastination: Just Eat a Frog

“Eat a live frog first thing every morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” This quote from Mark Twain has changed my life. Seriously. Now that I have your attention, let’s back up here a bit. Psychologically speaking, procrastination is more than just “putting…

Breaking Bad (Habits)

What’s your worst habit? Besides making really bad puns (you should hear the ones I don’t say out loud), I have this really bad habit of hitting snooze. A lot. I have to set my alarm 45-60 minutes earlier so I can sleep in 10 minute intervals for upwards of…

Conversation: How to Talk to People

I hear this a lot: “I’m just so awkward. I really don’t like talking to people. I don’t even know what to say most of the time.”   I hear ya, and with everyone’s faces stuck in their cell phones (*guilty*), the situation’s not about to get any better. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t…

Space for Your Brain

Have you ever had a bad day? Have you ever been super stressed-out and anxious? Have you ever felt like everything needed your attention all at once andthekidsneedmeandthephoneisringingandthe- dogisbarkingandwhyisthewashermakingthatnoiseandtheneighborjusthadtomowRIGHTNOWandwhycantIjusthaveaminutetobreatheohmygosh… Yeah. Me too. I’m about to sound like an infomercial, but hear me out, okay? Mindfulness and meditation have changed my…

A Phoenix from the Ashes

Where to start with a blog? I think the beginning is a very good place to start. Besides, Phoenix Rising’s beginnings are fascinating. We didn’t just start with a few psychiatrists looking to stake a claim. Our story is bigger than that.   We saw a wrong that we needed to…