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My Perception is...

When I was 10 years old, my father was killed in a work-related accident. He left for work in the morning and never came home. When you add to this, the fact that my father was an alcoholic and abusive, this time in my life was conflicted to say the least. This event and the circumstances around it forever changed my life. As I grew older, I found the need to understand and accept that my memories and experiences from this time are not those of an adult, but rather they are the perceptions of a 10 year old child. Perception is a huge influence in our lives. Multiple people could have the exact same experience, and have completely different stories of that same experience. Perception is th

Tell Me About Your Childhood

Today we are starting our next blog series on “The Evolution of You.” We will be taking a deeper look at how you got to where you are today. What did you learn along your life’s journey that makes you who you are today? Who are you currently becoming, and what do you hope for your future? Since I am a therapist, I can’t help but start by asking: Tell me about your childhood… 😊 We start building our emotional cargo in childhood, so thinking about the beginnings of our life’s journey is very important as we examine what brought us to where we are today. We learn who we are, who the people around us are, and how we survive in this world during those very early experiences. Alfred Adler, whose

Dynamic Women

1 Corinthians 15:10 (msg) “But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let his grace go to waste.” Henrieta was sharing the other day that in Slovakia they do not have a Mother’s Day, as we do in the United States, they have a Women’s Day. When I looked up different mother’s day traditions, I found that on March 8th there’s an International Day of Women. Not just a day for mothers, but one for ALL women, a movement for equality and gender parity in a world that sadly devalues women. In the United States we have our national Mother’s Day holiday in May, with all of the energy and commercialism that surrounds it, the cards, flowers and candies, brunches

Lessons From The Garden

Spring is upon us and as I work in my garden, I am reminded of the life lessons that gardening continues to teach me. I learned some of these lessons the hard way, through failure, and trial and error when I first started gardening. Of course, I am still learning! Here are some lessons my garden has taught me that have been valuable to me: Give everything the time it needs Before I learned that different plants emerge from their winter slumber at different times, I made many mistakes thinking that a plant was dead when, in fact, it was just taking longer to emerge in the spring. I even took a shovel to dig up a hosta that I thought was dead only to find small leaves coming out under the soil