relationships

8 Ways Setting Boundaries Improves Your Quality of Life
As much as we try, we cannot be all and do all for everyone all of the time. Rarely saying “no” and putting everyone’s need and feelings above your own can have dastardly consequences. Constant people pleasing can put you on the fast track to burn out and the manifestation of physical symptoms due to stress.
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Building Meaningful Connections with Teens

“I don’t know how to connect with my teen” is a phrase I hear often from parents. They express concern because their once bubbly, talkative, and affectionate child suddenly becomes a temperamental, hormonal teenager who retreats to their room as soon as they get home from school.

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Making Your Relationship Work

I’ll never forget my husband and I’s first year of marriage. After the wedding and honeymoon, I was so ecstatic about beginning our new life together, but I had not put much thought into what that might look like on a daily basis. 

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Relational Connection: Why is it so hard sometimes?

As social creatures we long for safe connections with others.  And yet often this experience eludes us and leads to feelings of isolation and loneliness.  What creates this disconnection? And how can we make a shift towards connection with safe others?  While this shift is very possible, I also recognize that it is very hard work. The hard work is well worth it when we find safe relational connections. 

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The Key To Assertiveness

How often have you had a thought in your head that can’t seem to come out right in conversations with others? Most of us either convey things a little too harshly than we intended or the ideas of our mind never seem to leave our brains leaving us feeling regret for the things we did not say.  In many facets of our lives, we are faced with social settings in which interjecting our opinion is necessary to our emotional well-being.  Unfortunately, often times, those opinions get lost in translation and are not perceived well by those we wish to disclose them to. 

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Tips for Practicing Good Social Media Hygiene and Boundaries

How many times a day do you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Snapchat, and whatever new social media app is on the market? I will be the first to admit that I am guilty of picking up my phone to “check messages” and the next thing I know I am going down some random rabbithole on TikTok for 30 minutes or an hour.

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