Gaslighting Makes Me Angry

Gaslighting Makes Me Angry I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a Black woman, a mom & pediatrician (who cares for children), an empathetic introvert (who respects the feelings of others), or just a decent person—but the act of gaslighting makes me want to go “full cowling!” Not sure what “full cowling” is? I didn’t know either until my teens…

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Introverts and Virtual Small Talk Don’t Mix

Introverts and Small Talk Dear Extroverts (and Ambiverts)—I’d hoped to get through the COVID-19 Quarantine without saying this, but after receiving several invitations to virtual get-togethers (which I both appreciate and find stressful), I feel the need to share the reason why I (and other Introverts) may not “attend”… If introverts hate small talk at cocktail parties and other in-person…

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Ways to Reduce Stress During a Crisis

Ways to Reduce Stress During a Crisis

Ways to Reduce Stress As coronavirus news updates become more alarming by the day, and concerns about our health, our finances and the availability of resources feels more pressing, it’s easy to become gripped by fear and anxious about all of the uncertainty we’re facing. While we’re doing what we can to prevent infection with COVID-19 by washing our hands…

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Let Go and Focus

Let Go of What you Can’t Control Let go of what you can’t control and focus on what you can. Special thanks to my beautiful friend, Mavis for sending the awesome graphic (below) to me yesterday (from thecounselingteacher.com). As news regarding Coronavirus continues, it can be tough to balance staying informed with avoiding the anxiety that news updates can cause.…

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Peace In Your Mind Quote-Brian Tracy

Inspiration & Insights – Peace In Your Mind

Peace in Your Mind “Set peace in your mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.” – Brian Tracy I love this quote by Brian Tracy! It represents a primary goal for me, yet is something I need to be reminded of daily. Often we follow the reverse of this advice… Setting other things—success, money, possessions, or…

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Perfection is an Illusion Quote-Revised-Dayo Lanier

Inspiration & Insights – Perfection is an Illusion

Perfectionism… An Endless Treadmill Today, I was inspired by a quote (poem) from Victoria Erickson: “Perfectionism is merely an endless treadmill of self-destruction that’ll only build momentum until you’re running at unsustainable speeds. Rather than remaining a slave to the illusions you perceive as safe, step off the treadmill and live as the piece of art you are: messy, colorful,…

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Live in the Moment

Inspiration & Insights – Live in the Moment

I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt. It reminds me to live in the moment, enthusiastically and without fear. Often, we find ourselves racing from task to task or crisis to crisis—Focused on where we’ve been and where we’re going, instead of being in the moment (where we are and what we’re doing currently). It’s easy to become preoccupied, looking…

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Great Way to Reduce Stress

“Stress is the space between your thoughts of how life should be and how life really is… Since stress is created by your thoughts, you can feel less stressed by becoming aware of the thoughts and looking either for ways to change how life is or what you think it should be… You can also reduce your stress when you…

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