1. The Holidays:Part One – Say “NO”

    Welcome to our series on “how to survive the holidays and enjoy them.” How to say no, it sure does sound easy. It’s just a small two-letter word, yet at times it can be so hard to say that tiny word. The holidays can be full of demands, questions, wants and needs. Our parents want us to go to their house for Christmas, but our aunt wants us to be at their house. The kids want to be with the …Read More

  2. Wait Wait Wait

    Have you ever been waiting for something, and it seems like you are never going to get it? Have you ever waited for something for so long that you have lost hope that you will ever get what you were waiting for? What do you do while you wait for a job, an acceptance letter, a new car, a house, money, a spouse, or anything else? Waiting is hard. It’s like telling a child they you are going to Dis…Read More

  3. The Joys of Summer

    Some people LOVE summer and some people HATE it. I’m in the LOVE category. Summer opens up opportunities that winter does not. Summer has been known to be a mood booster. The sun shines and it stays light later. I love when I drive home from work at 8:00pm and the sun is still shining. It is these little parts of summer that I find joy in. Where do you find joy? Maybe you’re having trouble fin…Read More

  4. Bullying

    Bullying is something that some of us are all too familiar with. Bullying can affect someone’s life in a way that is so incredibly hurtful that it is almost incomprehensible. Bullying stays with someone for a very long time. It is possible to get through it but it always stays with us. Individuals and groups of people (the bullies) have no idea about the ramifications of their behavior. They are…Read More

  5. Saying Good-bye to the Winter Blues!!

    Finally, it is that time of year.  We can put away our boots and winter coats and break out the sandals, shorts, tank tops and even bathing suits.  For some people, your heart just sank when you read, “bathing suits.” Believe me, I understand. Isn’t it crazy to think about how much weather affects our mood?  It affects our mood so much that there is even a diagnosis for it, its called Sea…Read More

  6. Of Barrenness and Burning: When Life Seems Bleak

    As far as the forest is concerned, the season has switched from fall to winter.  The branches are bare, and the forest floor is evidence of a year gone by.  The other day, as I arrived at the trail I like to run on (first time since fall was in full foliage), I was surprised to see a dozen firefighters spread out in the woods.  Surrounding these yellow uniformed warriors, like little monsters u…Read More

  7. Mental Health and Running

    It’s a chilly Oregon spring day, and an 11-year-old boy is about run his first competitive race, in all his 6th grade glory; the 800-meter-dash. The short shorts and tank-top barely cover his slight frame which is subsequently covered in goose-bumps caused by chill and nerves. Through the crackly bull-horn comes, “Runners take your mark…” BANG! As his blonde mop bounces on his head, what h…Read More

  8. Shame, Part 3

    As we continue on in this series on shame it is important to know that shame and guilt are two different things.  Sometimes they overlap and we can get them confused.   But here is the difference, Guilt: “I did something bad.” Shame: “I am something bad.” Sometimes our guilt causes us to feel shame.  But guilt is something we can get over.  We can fix what we did wrong.  We can apolog…Read More

  9. Shame, Part 2

    When was the first time you felt shame?  Do you remember an instance when you began to feel shame?  Maybe you didn’t know it was shame, maybe you would categorize it as embarrassment.  That is where shame starts, with embarrassment.  Maybe you did something and were criticized for it.  Maybe something happened to you such as bullying.  Maybe you carry shame around from some form of physica…Read More

  10. Shame

    Welcome to our series on shame.  Shame is powerful and if we let it, it can take over.  Maybe you are wondering if you have ever experienced shame, or maybe you are struggling with shame right now and you are wondering how to break free from it.  Most of us have experienced shame at one time or another.  Throughout this blog series we are going to take a closer look at shame, where it comes fr…Read More