A Story for You this Holiday Season

A Story to Promote Wellness with Healthy Relationships Recently I had a conversation with my daughter-in-law, Caroline and son, Rick about how frustrating it is that God doesn’t speak to me audibly. My desire is that God would clearly speak to me in words that I can understand, such as how to live my life, and…

Love Unconditionally

Image captured by: Hannah Ruth Photography Valentine’s Day is a day of showing your affections toward someone you are romantically involved with or would like to be.  It can also be a time to show appreciation for your friends and family member(s). Sometimes these tokens of affection are given anonymously.  As I ruminate on this…

Relationships — My Placeholder

I just had my birthday and usually around this time I feel a little bit grumpy.  This year was different.  So many friends (silver and gold), my family, even the store clerk, made me feel special this year. My friends that are squeezing every minute out of their day for their own work and family…

Running the Race With Friends

Running a race is more than physical ability; it includes mental focus and stamina which may be just as important, or even more crucial to success. Increase your level of accomplishment and do it with friends.  As my official 5th/3rd race runner and former PCV (Peace Corp Volunteer) Rick says, “You get all caught up in the…

Exercise with a friend

Find a partner or a group of people who will encourage you to get outside for exercise. Studies show that working out with other people can positively motivate your routine. Check out this study on social comparison theory while exercising http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/34033/jssarticle.pdf

Stress and Your Health

Stress can cause stomach aches, headaches, muscle aches and pain. Our mind and body are connected, and how we react to stressors play a major role in our energy, illnesses, and overall health. Popping a pain reliever, stuffing our feelings, or pretending there is no connection to our feelings and physical health on a daily…

What Do You Crave?

What Do You Crave? When I work with clients to move them forward in a slow but tortoise-like way, so those better and best habits stick, I ask them this question.  “What do you crave?”  Usually the answer comes in form of food.  Chocolate, peanut butter, chips, you name the food for yourself when you…

The New Way to Live

Are you looking for a new way to live?  A way to make a change that lasts?  Larry Crabb, in his book, The Pressure’s Off [Breaking Free From Rules and Performance], talks about a New Way of living. He says, “We’re transformed by renewing our minds, not our circumstances; we’re changed not by rearranging blessings…

More Thanksgiving Traditions

More holiday tradition ideas from Family Works. The benefits abound when you reach out, both externally and internally.  Read here how your health will benefit from giving. During Thanksgiving week my mom and dad would box up items for a Thanksgiving meal (turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, bread, etc). As a family, we would deliver…

Practical Ideas for Building Season Traditions

Being healthy goes beyond what we eat, drink; or the exercise we get.  We do need to work on these things, but did you know that your emotions, your belief system, and how you handle life directly impact your body?  Studies prove over and over again that life’s events can take a toll on your…

Benefits of Friends

There is nothing like the benefit of having a trusted friend to talk with.  Read about how friends can help you live a long and healthier life.  Be grateful for those trusted and loving friends.