What the Heck is Mindfulness and How Do I Do It? One question I often get asked is, “How do you know if you’re doing ‘mindfulness’ correctly?” It’s an important question because it’s an essential step in changing anxiety to inner peace, stress to productivity, insecurity into confidence or relationship struggles into healthy connection. So, what is mindfulness? Go to the kitchen and get a cracker, a piece of chocolate or something small to eat.…

Getting Help on Personal Development Let’s face it, there is a lot of craziness going on in the world today. Life is showing up, and unfortunately, leading to higher rates of loneliness, depression, anxiety, stress, and conflict. Many of us are in need of help, support and healing. In the midst of all the upheaval, in terms of mental health, we are finally evolving as a society and there are many opportunities to obtain information,…

Daily Habits for a Healthy MindsetHabits are the invisible architecture of your daily life. They determine your actions, choices, and lifestyle. Additionally, your habits have the ability to define your mindset. Unhealthy habits might start sabotaging your daily life. In order to form a healthy mindset, you need to develop habits that align with your visions and goals. The following tips can help cultivate simple habits to form a healthy mindset:JournalJournaling is a healthy method…

5 Benefits of Having a Life Coach Everyone needs support and guidance throughout their lives. The right support system can influence personal development to become the best version of yourself. For many, this is a trained life coach. A trained life coach can help solve your problems and make steps toward meeting your goals. As a trained life coach in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, the following are what I believe are the top five reasons…

Unfortunately, many people go through the childhood trauma of some sort. Pia Mellody, author of “Facing Codependence,” (I highly recommend by the way) describes abuse as “anything less than nurturing.” Think about that for a minute. (To be honest, I’m not sure if that was written in her book, or if it was something she said in her trauma training workshop I participated in several years ago.) Nonetheless, it’s a bold statement. Anything less than…

The Benefits of JournalingThere is an old quote often repeated in business that “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” I thought of it recently while researching the benefits of journaling for a project that I am currently working on (the MaxxMethod guided journal, the details of which I will be sharing soon!).Reading a short piece on Psych Central [“The Health Benefits of Journaling”] reminded me of a clear benefit of journaling that…

When the Pursuit of Perfection Inhibits Our Best EffortWhile recently cleaning and organizing my office, I happened upon an old issue of Psychology Today containing a piece by Eric Maisel detailing the intellectual limitations many of us face in pursuit of our personal and professional goals [“The Smart Gap,” October 2013]. While reading, I began to think about how the idea of perfection often prevents us from striving for the best outcomes we are capable of…

Negative Core Beliefs: Agreeing to Disagree One of the central facets of negative-thinking patterns and Negative Core Beliefs comes not from the negative thought alone, but from our willingness to agree with it. For example, if I find myself uncomfortable and anxious in social situations due to a negative core belief that I will say something stupid or awkward and the people I am engaging with will think that I am indeed an idiot, the…

Screen Time vs. Me TimeWhile clicking through TED Talks on YouTube, I ran across this brief talk by Adam Alter on the amount of time we spend engaging with technology and some of the long-term effects it may have on us individually as well as its impact on society.Working with my clients, more and more I find that they are growing concerned about the amount of time they spend engaging with technology. This includes engaging…

When We Devalue Others, We Devalue Ourselves I recently came across this blog post from Brené Brown, adapted from a chapter of her Braving the Wilderness, and I was reminded how much of our current political discourse is dominated by such extremes in language. Throughout the course of my life, just up to a few years ago, I recall there being political disagreements and differing points of view, but things were never as intense as…

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