Effective Communication

Do You Have a Receptive or a Reactive Communication Style?

When leaders and teams learn tools and discover ways to have open and authentic conversations, it creates an environment where people feel safe to say what they need to say.  As a Human Behavior and Interpersonal Communications Specialist, I’ve helped many leaders and their teams develop stress-free communication. The direct

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Self-Care

Stress-Free Communication: It All Begins With You

It tends to be a very common human reaction to blame other people for interactions that are frustrating and conflictual. I’ll bet that if you’re really honest with yourself, you’d say that you’ve caught yourself pointing the finger at someone else – probably more than once. I consider myself to

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Self-Awareness

How to Deal with Boundary Pushers

Interacting with someone who just will not listen to your “no” can be infuriating. Have you ever had this experience? You try to say no but the person keeps insisting? You say no again and they insist some more. They might pull a guilt trip on you, or might keep

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Self-Awareness

Setting Boundaries and Sticking to Them

Do you find yourself saying yes, when you really want to say no?  Or maybe you’ve said yes without even realizing that you wanted to say no, only to find yourself feeling resentful later on while doing the task you said yes to? Trust me… I’ve been there.  I still

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Self-Awareness

Find Balance By Saying Yes to You First

Do you ever have those days when you feel overwhelmed? I notice that this happens to me in cycles where I feel that I have too much on my plate and feel unable to keep up. Other times I feel completely energized and ready to take the world by storm.

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Mindfulness

10 Stress-Busting Daily Mindful Moments

Have you ever been driving somewhere and, instead of heading where you want to go, you have found yourself driving the route that you usually drive to work?  Or have you ever entirely missed your exit off the highway? This happens when we are functioning on auto-pilot.  It happens when

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness: Harnessing a Superpower

Over the past year, I decided to seriously commit to a daily meditation practice. I had previously tried meditating a few minutes here and there and would meditate consistently for awhile – until I didn’t.   This time around, I wanted daily meditation to stick.  So I decided to sign

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Self-Awareness

Self-Care Activities: Are You Soothing or Distracting?

Now that the holidays are over, many people find themselves feeling like they need a vacation. Changes in sleep patterns, eating habits and typical routines leave us feeling out of sorts.  Add to that the pressure of shopping, cooking/baking elaborate meals and attending and/or hosting constant parties…!   Many of

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