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Being Present with My Inner Monk and My Inner Artist in Prayer

Staying in the present will bring you instant peace and serenity.

Do you ever suffer from self-doubt? Do you ever wonder what God really wants from you in your life and if you are really doing God’s will? Do these thoughts ever wake you up at night or cause feelings of anxiety, fear or even frustration? I’ve discovered that if I bring myself into the present […]

Introducing noogie ~ building stronger families at Ignited By Truth

We had a blast at our Ignited By Truth Catholic Conference exhibitor table last weekend sharing our counseling and testing services and our new products for building stronger families !

Triangle Psychological Services psychologists, Nancy Driscoll and myself, attended the annual Ignited By Truth conference last weekend and introduced noogie™ at our exhibit table.  We had so much fun meeting new people and old friends. The most fun, however, was introducing our noogie™ products for building stronger families.  I knew I was excited about the […]

Time To Relax and Let Go of Stress

Stay present in the moment.

Do you ever feel like you never stop?  Like you’re always rushing from one thing to another? Even if you love everything you do in a day, if you’re like me, you still long for some down time. Finding down time helps cut down your stress.    We all know how important this is. We hear […]

Small Success Thursday, Bringing a Vision to Life

I've got a great idea!

This is my first time participating in Small Success Thursday blog share.  Thankfully, I have some small successes to share this week.  Actually, when I look carefully, there are always small successes to be found.  So here are mine for this week. I’ve been dreaming about creating a Marital Retreat in a Box™, a […]

Self-Centered Thinking? Not Me!

Thinking too much

Growing up in an alcoholic family I can sometimes be self-centered and not even realize it. As is often said in the twelve step program, “it is cunning, baffling and powerful.” This self-centeredness often manifests with thoughts such as “That idea is stupid” or “I’m not a good parent.” The thoughts are usually something negative […]

Loving Others on St. Valentine’s Day


IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT! Please join me today in a St. Valentine’s Day Challenge 2014.  Choose to be loving toward everyone you come in contact with today.  It may not be easy, but it is simple! Here’s how to do the St. Valentine’s Day Challenge 2014 Challenge: Step 1: Make your commitment public by sharing something like […]

6 Mistakes Men Make in Marriage

Tree of Love

In my February 1, 2014 post, I wrote about 6 mistakes women make in marriage. Now we turn to men. Remember that love is a gift, a gift of the self and when giving a gift we usually consider the desires and needs of the person who will receive the gift. Because of our fallen […]

6 Mistakes Women Make in Marriage

Love with all your heart.

Love is a gift of the self. In marriage we are called to give our whole selves as a gift to our spouse. Our whole selves. All of me. Withholding nothing. When choosing a gift we usually take time to consider the desires and needs of the person to whom we are giving the gift. […]

Improve Communication – Listen with Your Heart

Using I feel statements to improve communication.

Most of us are terrible listeners.  That’s because we’re usually interpreting what we hear through the filter of our experiences and emotions.  This is especially true when listening to someone we care about tell us how upset they are with something we did or didn’t do.  In this case, we’re usually building our defense while our […]

Find God’s Beauty in the Snow Storm

Find God's Beauty in the Snow

Living in beautiful, sunny North Carolina, we don’t get snow very often.  And when we do, it’s usually about less than an inch and it melts within an hour or two.  As I write, Storm Leon is capturing the attention of our area.  Snow is falling outside.  Schools are already cancelled for tomorrow. One of […]