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Striking Back on Panic Attacks

Striking Back on Panic Attacks

The first time I had a panic attack I was 16 years old. I was house sitting for a friend and never really liked being home alone, especially in the middle of a desolate area. I soon found myself laying on the living room floor in a panic. I couldn’t breathe. I was...

Another Look at Craft Beer

Another Look at Craft Beer

The craft beer market has exploded. It has helped revitalize the Greater Grand Rapids area, and we are known as “Beer City”. In fact, there are 43 breweries in the Greater Grand Rapids area, five cideries, seven distilleries and two meaderies. But let’s just focus on...

Choosing Your Hard

Choosing Your Hard

I wish I could take credit for the saying "Choose Your Hard" but I can’t. It was said to me in a session a few months ago and I have been using the simple reality since. Daily we are faced with choices and decisions that are uncomfortable, a nuisance, painful and yet...

The Essential Nothing

The Essential Nothing

"It's all a blur." That's what I say when asked how I did it. While raising six children aged seven to seventeen, husband in a job with a 3-hour daily commute time, and experiencing my long-time dream to become a teacher, there was little time to spare. And although...

Seeing Stress in Perspective

Seeing Stress in Perspective

A few days ago, a client was telling me about having an especially challenging week; the kind where her toddler was more difficult than usual, work threw in some surprise stress, and managing the household was a struggle. She felt exhausted, overwhelmed, and alone....