VIA Character Strengths and My Work with Judges

January 16, 2019 by · Leave a Comment

Six years ago, I was approached by an appellate court judge involved with the process of transitioning judges into retirement. He referred to this stage as “stepping down from the bench” and noted that judges were having a hard time emotionally with this transition, as some of them were... Read More

How Strengths Helped Me On My Cancer Detour

November 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

April 24, 2018, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 34. I have no family history (of any cancer!). I was a Division I athlete, maintained an active lifestyle, and was otherwise extremely healthy. The few years leading up to this point I had immersed... Read More

Heart and Character Strengths: When Love Is The Way

November 7, 2018 by ·

A few years ago as part of a graduate school assignment I was asked to write an essay that exemplified me at my best. I was flooded by a memory I had not thought of for decades— of a time when I was 12 years old, sitting on a... Read More

Teach Kids To Dream With This Fun Exercise

October 15, 2018 by ·

Have you seen posts like these on social media? o It’s never too late to live your dream! o Dare to dream. o Dream big! Live bigger! Of course, you have! There are new memes like this every day. But they aren’t just trending topics— here today, gone tomorrow.... Read More

Strengths Conversations – Use your Tools to Deal with Obstacles

September 10, 2018 by ·

I love working with character strengths since I see them hit home so often. One of the conversations I love most with any client or group, is about dealing with difficult situations. Tell me of a situation you were struggling with recently, that you want to learn from and improve... Read More

How Shoes Can Make You Happy

September 4, 2018 by ·

Do you know that wonderful feeling when you’ve just scored a brand new pair of beautiful shoes? It makes you happy, doesn’t it? You are dying to wear them at the next party, when you visit your best friend or maybe to an important business meeting. There’s only one... Read More

Bravery—Its Rarely Robin Hood and Maid Marian Behavior

July 11, 2018 by ·

  The moment the word Bravery is expressed visions of the Round Table or Robin Hood and Maid Marian dance across the mind. This grandiose construct of Bravery rarely is required in business. So, what does the VIA character strength of Bravery mean in today’s reality? It is an understanding... Read More

VIA Strengths: Supercharging Ability for Employment Opportunity

March 21, 2018 by ·

The EDGE Program is a positive training and coaching program for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. The program focuses on interventions and coaching from the field of Applied Positive Psychology. The VIA Strengths model and our active use of the model in working with our participants’ strengths... Read More

How To Recognize Your Superpowers

January 31, 2018 by ·

And the Superpowers in Others We all come with a specific set of character strengths that makes us unique. And at one point or another, you’ve probably been told what your unique strengths are. Perhaps your friends have praised your creativity or mentioned how good of a leader you... Read More

Character Strengths Poem

January 11, 2018 by ·

WISDOM Creativity is shaping your thoughts into something that you have never seen or heard before. It’s letting your imagination go and start to soar. Curiosity is having an open mind and wanting to find something new every day. Asking questions to learn more than you do And in... Read More