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Is What You Wear a Reflection of Your Self Esteem?

Body Image and Self Esteem   It is probably not a big newsflash to read that girls who are teased about their physical appearance in childhood are negatively impacted as adolescents and adult women.  But did you realize even friendly banter or teasing by parents can impact how girls perceive their bodies into adulthood?  It is also probably not a newsflash to …

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Marriage Makeover Weekend

Life is filled with the demands of daily life and schedules.  You wear a multiplicity of hats that can make it challenging to focus on your marriage.  Then comes the holidays which tend to get so busy and filled with hype that your focus can still be anywhere except strengthening your marriage.  You remodel your home, you change the oil in …

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Not Bullied Anymore

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Some months ago I was at the hairdresser when a childhood classmate came in for an appointment; let’s just call her Chana.  I had not seen Chana in many years.  She recognized me and began to talk and share with the beautician how we had been friends and played together when we were young.  …

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If Your Relationship Is Important To You, Invest In Couples Communication Skills

When you have a relationship and it is important to you, you realize you must invest in it.  When relationships are not maintained, they dissolve. Wether that relationship is in dating, in engagement, or in marriage, communication is important.  Investing now can provide you with years of  returns. Investing in your relationship is no different from hobbies, houses, cars, education, vacations, or stock …

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You May Say I’m A Dreamer

But, I’m not the only one.  I am so thankful I am not the only one.  Art Prize is going on in Grand Rapids, MI and clearly there are a lot of dreamers that create art and maybe more dreamers who enjoy art.  This year there are two artists that lift my spirits.  Interesting to me is the fact that …

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Grief and Loss: Tides of Time

From the other chair it was so easy to see the ebb and flow of her emotions; easy to see, but never easy to watch.  She described some days like being in a tsunami over taken by the waves, thrashing to and fro, feeling no solid footing, and unable to even grasp hold of something stable.  “When the emotions hit, there …

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A purpose-driven career suits Agnew just fine

Alissa Lane – Special   to the Business Journal Published: August 6,   2012 From the time she was young, Valencia Agnew, founder and owner of Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Services, was drawn to the field of psychology. There was only one thing holding her back. “I’m such a crier,” said Agnew. “I thought I should probably pursue something …

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Marriage advice: Tips for couple’s first Christmas together

Excerpt ofArticle By Terri Finch Hamilton | The Grand Rapids Press Those “First Christmas Together” tree ornaments should come with a warning label: THIS MAY HAPPEN TO YOU: Won’t it be fun, honey, to spend Christmas with my family? Wait. YOUR family? I thought we were spending Christmas with MY family? Um, well, your mom hates me. Well, maybe if …

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Apologies and Forgiveness Part 3 of 3

The Five Languages of Apology Relationship (romantic, friendship, family) can be repaired or destroyed by an apology, or should I say, the lack of an apology or a poor apology.  Ever been there, where all you want is a decent apology?  Then you know what I mean. In continuation of Apologies and Forgiveness Parts 1 and 2, I want to …

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Apologies and Forgiveness – Part 2 of 3

So you have apologized, but it was not accepted by the individual.  Now what you ask?  Well, you have a few options.  One, you can walk away and think, “I did my part and I do not need to do anymore.  Clearly he/she (the injured person) has got issues.  I am not going to stand here and beg.”   Two, you …

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