Benefits of the VIA Survey- A Coach’s Perspective

August 16, 2016 by ·

As a life coach, I work side-by-side with my clients to help them set goals and be their best.  One tool that I find extremely helpful is the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.  I have found this to be a great starting point to build more self-awareness about your... Read More

Repairing Your Relationship “Fender-Benders”

July 11, 2016 by ·

My wife and I have always had a strong friendship. We are pretty good at communicating with one another and we don’t often fight. But, lately things have been off. Argghhh. We’ve been getting in to stupid conflicts and I just don’t feel like we are “hearing” or “seeing”... Read More

Beyond Grit

May 10, 2016 by ·

No doubt about it, grit is in. The concept of grit seems to have first come to the public’s attention in 2011 with a New York Times Magazine article called “What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?” in which Paul Tough suggested grit may be the true key... Read More

Remembering the Essence of Mother’s Day, Everyday

May 6, 2016 by ·

On this mother’s day, I am struck by the irony of highlighting just one day in appreciation of this daunting parenting role. For nine months, we anticipate with a full range of emotions, the birth of a child.  We have nine months to prepare…for the pregnancy and birth.  What... Read More

A Simple Mindfulness Exercise To Use With Clients

May 3, 2016 by ·

Practitioners are always on the lookout for new tools to help others overcome challenges, find peace, and be at their best. Mindfulness research clearly shows meditations and mindfulness practices can help but the quantity of meditation choices these days seems infinite. In a previous post, I discussed how an... Read More

A Mindful Pause May Change Your Day

April 25, 2016 by ·

Nobody wants to admit that they are “going through the motions” of life, but sometimes we are all guilty of it. One simple exercise that will allow you to slow down, take an inventory of your emotions, and re-connect with your strengths is below. This easy strategy can help... Read More

Parent-Child Strengths Mapping

April 19, 2016 by ·

Being a parent is hard work. There is no job description that can fully prepare you for the responsibility, rewards, challenges and uncertainty that come with having children. How can you possibly nurture and guide this other person when you are still navigating life yourself? Well…you do it together!... Read More

Using Strengths to Set Goals on IEP’s

April 14, 2016 by ·

Written by special guest blogger: ​Katie Curran, MAPP If you have a child with special needs or work as a special educator you are familiar with IEP’s (Individualized Education Plan).  Part of the IEP process is preparing for the meeting that will set the educational focus for the upcoming... Read More

5 Simple Ways to Discover Your Strengths

April 6, 2016 by ·

What if someone asked you: “What are your strengths?” Would you be able to quickly articulate your best, core qualities? You have many different types of strengths–talents, skills, values– but your character strengths are your capacities for thinking, feeling and behaving and reflect the best of you. Here are... Read More

7 Tips for Dealing with Bad News

March 18, 2016 by ·

Do you know how to respond when someone shares bad news? Do you quickly try to avoid feeling uncomfortable and change the subject? Or do go into “fix-it” mode and rattle off a list of a solutions to their issues? If you approach the person mindfully (being open, curious,... Read More