Summer Bummer

A few months ago I posted about Winter Solstice traditions and how the purpose is to celebrate light on the darkest day and the dawn of days progressively getting longer. Well. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it may not yet feel like it, but the days are on the down swing ofContinue reading “Summer Bummer”

“Leggo” Your Ego

The ego is a loaded topic, though I’ve decided to spare us all the deep dive into its Freudian roots. In its simplest, most basic explanation, the ego is the idea of who we are.  Often ego is recognized by its exaggeration like “He’s got a big ego” or “All that praise will go straightContinue reading ““Leggo” Your Ego”

The Art of Giving and Receiving Compliments and Criticism

Both compliments and criticism have the ability build you up or break you down. When giving and receiving both, it goes without saying to practice empathy and respect, but I said it anyway because who doesn’t welcome a criticism disguised as a friendly reminder? I’m about to disclose what I think is the most importantContinue reading “The Art of Giving and Receiving Compliments and Criticism”

Confronting Uncomfortable Topics of Conversation

Uncomfortable topics are, well, uncomfortable. Though everyone has unique triggers, I imagine there are topics of conversation that cause internal (or visible) squirming for many. Some of the named uncomfortable topics in my recent research were money and financial status, politics, mental health, future plans, feelings, and anything that might not be well-versed to theContinue reading “Confronting Uncomfortable Topics of Conversation”

Family Dinner in a Time of Social Upheaval: 7 Steps to Success

Your family dinner table has perhaps five or six generations gathered. As you take your seat, it’s hard to settle in when you’re anticipating someone will cross the threshold of small talk into something a little bit deeper. Why can’t you have a real conversation without worrying about reactions, tension, or even ruining relationships? AfterContinue reading “Family Dinner in a Time of Social Upheaval: 7 Steps to Success”