Improving Your Community

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Being a part of a community is special. It means that you’re surrounded by a group of people with whom you have something in common. In the sense of where you live, your community might be a group of people who all love living in the mountains, the city, or near the beach. Maybe your community is a book […]

Building Better Friendships

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People need friendships. Whether you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert, we all require genuine friendships to make life just a little bit easier on ourselves. Friendships are great for our health, as well! Science proves that adults with strong social ties have reduced risk for health issues like depression, high blood pressure, and unhealthy body […]

Unique Ways to Increase Your Family Connection

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In the “go, go, go” world we live in, it’s hard to find time to do it all. Family connection is so important, but with clashing schedules and a mile-long to-do list, it can feel like you have no time to squeeze in a family dinner or game night, no matter how hard you try.   […]

Conflict Resolution … Don’t Let It Keep You Up at Night

Tension. We all know it. We all feel it. Many of us dread it … especially when it involves a disagreement, miscommunication, or conflict with someone else. Awkward silences … harsh voices … wondering what you could or should have said differently. Even just reading this paragraph probably made you uncomfortable. As much as we all dislike […]

Staying Positive Isn’t Just About Smiling More Often

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Staying positive is not always our first instinct. In fact, our brains are hard-wired to lean toward overthinking and over-worrying—which, one might say, is pretty much the exact opposite of positive thinking. It might have made sense back in the hunter-gatherer days when danger lurked around every corner (and kept “realistic” [negative] thinking in our […]

Risk Taking, Reward, and Handstands

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Risk-taking can be scary, and everyone’s idea of “risk” looks a little bit different. Risk means that whatever the situation might be, there’s a chance for danger or loss; it means you have something to lose! Now, a risk doesn’t have to be something massive like cliff jumping off a waterfall in Bali, or swimming with hammerhead sharks in the open ocean. There can be risks […]

Staying Connected While Making Connections

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“Staying connected” vs. “making connections?” There are distractions everywhere and it’s so difficult to balance staying connected with … well, staying balanced! Every day we’re inundated with constant information, and the worst offenders are often sitting quietly (or not so quietly) in our pockets, our purses, or on our wrists. How many times a day […]

Fall Activities While Still Social Distancing

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There’s no question that this year is one for the history books and with the current environment, some of our favorite fall activities have changed a bit. But, it’s a new season, the weather’s changing, leaves are falling (at least here in the Northwest), and it’s the perfect time to embrace the changes around us. […]

Improve your active listening skills in 5 steps

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It’s important to remember that the way in which we listen is the way we make others around us feel cared for, valued, and heard. Active listening skills help accomplish this! Building connection with each other, learning to understand each other, and growing together are all benefits of active listening! We’ve discussed before on this blog about […]

Readjusting | Going back to work

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Going Back to Work After Quarantine? What you need to know to readjust. What a time these last three months have been, right?! It’s hard enough that we’ve all spent the last several months adjusting to life in quarantine. As humans, we all adjust a bit differently to change, and usually it’s not easy. And […]