Defusing Defensiveness

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Defensiveness is a common form of emotional self-protection. When we feel corrected or criticized, we deflect or shut down the conversation to avoid feeling hurt, sad or ashamed. An emotional…

Escaping Perfectionism’s Trap

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Are you haunted by a perfectionistic inner voice? Do you tend to set unrealistic goals or find yourself frozen—procrastinating on tasks for fear of not getting them just right? Are…

Explore Your Creativity

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My mantra is Make a joyful mess. I play with mixing colors and creating goopy textures out of paint. If I like what I’ve created, I hang it up for…

Navigating Grief in Our New Normal

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Emotionally processing what we’ve been through during this challenging year is a crucial step toward healing burnout and restoring our spirits. This has been a period of loss for most…

Happiness Habits

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What are you waiting for? 2020 has been a year of waiting. You might be waiting for customers to return to your small business, for the election to be over,…

Ongoing Gratitude

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This year’s holiday season has only just begun, but I have received my favorite present already. On Thanksgiving, a friend presented me with my already-cherished “Grati-tube.” He had created and…