Working Through Conflict

Working Through Conflict

Posted on November 27, 2018 at 5:22 am

Oxford University Press defines conflict as “a serious disagreement or argument, typically a protracted one.”  The definition doesn’t seem so charged as the word itself, conflict.  Even though conflict is a part of life, many of us want to avoid […]

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How to Give Yourself Empathy

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm

My definition of empathy is an open and honest attempt to feel into the other’s experience.  I can be with someone’s sadness, rage, pain, confusion, embarrassment, joy, or excitement because I’ve felt those feelings. I love how Brene Brown said it […]

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Getting Comfortable saying, “I’m Sorry.”

Posted on July 10, 2018 at 7:15 pm

I remember how hard it was for me the first time I told my beloved that I was sorry. I felt powerless, ashamed, and very uncomfortable. It seemed that I was giving up my power because it was as if […]

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Having a Difficult Conversation with My Brother

Posted on June 1, 2018 at 8:01 pm

My brother and I have a solid and close relationship.  We can talk about a lot of things.  In the past, however, having a difficult conversation was tricky for us because it would quickly turn into an argument.  Before we […]

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How Meditation Can Help You Decide if a Conversation Needs to Happen

Posted on March 26, 2018 at 11:12 pm

Meditation is the practice of being still, being quiet, and going inward.  There are many different types of meditations that you can do to train your awareness to be in the present moment.  One of my favorite meditations is to […]

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Connecting with a Woman at a Restaurant

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 9:42 pm

I was having dinner alone at the counter in a restaurant.  As I was enjoying my meal, a woman leaned over and asked me, “Are you going to eat all that food?”  I paused for a moment and said, “I don’t know.” […]

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The Power of Taking Responsibility for Your Feelings: “I Feel” Instead of “You Make Me Feel”

Posted on January 31, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Did you hear this when you were a child, “Don’t do that because you’ll make me mad!”?  If so, you might have interpreted this message as a warning to change your behavior so that the other person would not feel a certain […]

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How to Minimize Your Road Rage

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Many of us have been there: someone cuts you off, runs a stop sign, is tailgating, or at a dead stop when it’s time to go because they’re on their cell phone. How do you respond? You might yell out […]

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Why Speaking to The Director was Important

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Midway through my teaching career, I started to feel burned out and was concerned because I didn’t know what was next for me.  During that time, I assumed that I would be teaching for at least a few more years, […]

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