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Overcoming

  Overcoming anything, an illness, a financial loss, the loss of someone you love to death, anything is not something that should be attempted alone. This statement is coming from someone who has spent a majority of her life isolating herself from others preferring to deal with her own...

The Importance of Validation

  I have pondered a long time about what it was that made the fifteen years I didn’t have Paula as a therapist so unproductive and difficult and I think I may have finally hit on the key. Validation. When I was seeing Paula she never questioned whether or...

Hope

  What is hope? It easier to tell you what it is NOT. It is not an emotion or a feeling. Hope is more of a way of thinking and living. I’ve grown up in a household where there was little hope. We lived from day to day, existing...

Moving In to the Unknown

My therapist retires Wednesday. I wish I could say I’m her retiring easy and with all the grace that one would expect from someone who has been in therapy for half of her life, but I’m not. I feel such dread and fear. I am faced with the end...

Making the Decision to Get Well

  It may sound like an easy task but making the decision to get well is something that unfortunately many people never do. I’m not sure what helps one person to see they have a problem and become determined to work on it and another to choose to live...

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Strength During Hard Times

  I wish I could definitively say that I know exactly what to do when times get tough, but that would be a lie. However, I have learned a great deal in my life about how to handle situations that seem, well, insurmountable. Take living through the death of...

Four Keys to Life More Abundant

  Key One: Never Take Anything for Granted   We spend a lot of time taking things that we shouldn’t for granted. Take for instance the next breath you are going to take. Who promised you that next breath? Who said you would have air to breathe or that...

In Reality It Is All About the Climb

I’ve been doing some pretty deep thinking these past several days. I guess it was time for a mental checkup to see where I am as compared to where I was. In the process of the day today I listened to one of my favorite songs that I plan...