Grad school was one of the top 5 hardest things I've ever done in my entire life. Perhaps because of my age and situation in life, I was more fully invested and driven to squeeze every last drop out of the experience as I possibly could muster. Of course, life continued to happen at home, … Continue reading So Close I Can Taste It
You know the old saying, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me." You also know what a load of you-know-what that really is. Hurtful words carry with them wounds that take a lot longer than sticks and stones would create. Especially words that on the surface sound kind and … Continue reading When Dreams get dented
This time last year I was excited because I was about to start grad school. Now, after a year of studying and projects and bonding with my cohort, I'm about to start seeing clients. Half of my cohort has been seeing clients all summer, and now it's time for the other half to begin. The … Continue reading A new adventure
We all have that person in our lives, the one who lies to us or betrays us, leaving us hurt and confused. Every time you think of that comment they made, replay the scene where they are screaming at you (possibly with obscenities) accusing you of things that are complete fabrication, or the sudden change … Continue reading Forgiveness is a Series of Choices
For so many years I have dreamed about being a therapist. I've felt called, compelled, destined, whatever word you use for it. In May, I finished the first part of the process, graduating Cum Laude with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Do you remember when I was counting down to my first day of … Continue reading Not Quite Real Yet
Why is everyone in such a rush these days to express every emotion as it is being felt? Our technologically 'advanced' society has instant access to everything. It's easy to blurt out a bunch of nonsense in an email, text or a Facebook message and hit that Send button without a second thought. But maybe … Continue reading Spend some time saying “I like you” – Avoiding Emotional Promiscuity Part I
I have good intentions of keeping up on the blog, of keeping up around the house, or working on other projects. I have a hard time saying 'No' to people, and often overbook my calendar. Every time I fail to meet deadlines or let someone down, I pick myself back up and vow to do … Continue reading “Weekly” Top Ten – How to Make Promises You Can Keep
Thought I'd start posting some lists of things I have found to be true. I'm hoping to keep to a top ten, but I might end up having more or less than that. This time, I'll talk about relationships. This is primarily about romantic relationships, most likely in the early phases, but sometimes we fail … Continue reading Weekly Top Ten list – Who’s into whom?
....but joy wins out in the end! The day after my last post, I basically went into hiding. I was in so much pain, emotionally, that I couldn't find the energy to post here, or even much on Facebook. Interacting with anyone beyond my immediate circle of trust was just too much of a struggle. … Continue reading Sometimes the pain wins for a while…
Sleep has been elusive, and I am anxious much of the time. Distractions help, praying and spending time with friends helps a lot. But the anxiousness is draining and exhausting. An encouragement for you tonight.