Which Mental Health Professional is Right for You?

There are many questions and much stigma that revolves around seeking mental health services whether it is for you or a member of your family. Of course, the greatest barrier to people reaching out for assistance is the cloud of stigma that surrounds mental health...

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Making SMART Resolutions

As the holiday glitter begins to settle, many of us turn our thoughts to what a new year will bring. I myself find a new planner with nothing but blank pages waiting to be filled to be as exhilarating as the smell of coffee and hot doughnuts at Krispy Kreme! I love...

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The Story Behind a Christmas Card Photo

It’s that time of the year that fires up the panic mode for most Mamas I know. Yes, it’s time to create the dreaded…I mean treasured… Christmas card.  For most of the young Moms out there they have been planning and staging this since last year’s cards went into the...

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When it is NOT the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

One whip of a brisk fall breeze along with a sighting of pumpkins, and I am instantly transported in my mind back to Western, NC. As the time portal opens, I am a carefree little girl with pig tails exploring the woods behind my house. Fall has always been my favorite...

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Meet my arch-nemesis: STRESS!

I am not a huge comic book fan, but I live in a house full of them! By way of osmosis I have acquired quite a bit of knowledge that will from time to time seep into my writing. If my husband could be anyone other than my fabulous husband, he would totally be Batman....

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From the Eye of the Storm to the Heart of a Survivor

  Florence, you were NOT invited Since my last blog post, my beautiful home of Eastern North Carolina has been chewed up, swallowed, and then spit back out with a vengeance by yet another catastrophic hurricane. My heart literally hurts. I have seen Eastern NC...

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The Invisible Line in Time

There is an invisible line in time that marks when something changes. We don’t see it coming, and there is really no way to prepare for it. One thing is for sure, once we pass this line, nothing and I mean nothing will ever be the same. As a grief and trauma...

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ENOUGH! What Our Kids Really Need

As summer begins to fade and the aisles of the stores overflow with pencils, crayons, and notebooks for back to school, I feel the need for a public service announcement. In a society that makes parents believe that in order to be good parents we must buy MORE, sign...

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The Definition of Insanity: Time for Change

The Definition of Insanity: Time for Change I am a huge history buff and I consume ridiculous amounts of historical fiction. When reading, I often find myself wondering why people living in various historical times could not see what was happening right before their...

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Who Cares for the Caregiver? Take 2

In my last blog, we explored the underappreciated number of caregivers in the US often called “the invisible workforce”. I shared the physical, emotional, and financial impacts that caregiving has on individuals and families. The response was overwhelming and...

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