Author Archives: Anna

The Darker It Is, The Brighter Light Shines

It’s 5am and the sun won’t be rising for another couple of hours. I always like this time of day. It’s really quiet and I can see the city lights twinkle like stars across the lake. It’s that moment before … Continue reading

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To Sabotage Or To Not Sabotage Your Goals?

Anybody feel like sabotaging their New Year’s Resolutions? I’ll give you some compelling reasons (my brains cooks up excuses really easily). 1. It’s too hard. 2. Why do I put so much pressure on myself? 3. Live a little. 4. … Continue reading

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Distorted Thinking

Today I want to talk about one of my favorite teaching topics, which is called “Distorted Thinking” though I must give credit to Aaron Beck (who developed the theory behind cognitive distortions) and David Burns who further defined these common … Continue reading

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Nothing Doing

I am sitting on my couch nursing the flu looking out at the rain with a hot cup of tea. It’s quiet with the exception of the occasional sneeze from yours truly. I have quarantined myself from the world and … Continue reading

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Buying Self-Help Books For Other People: 8 Ways To Avoid Helping Unhelpfully

Growing up in my family, self-help books were passed around freely and it was all fine and good until those books would land unprovoked in my lap. All of a sudden self-doubt would creep in. I would think to myself … Continue reading

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Anywhere But Here

I am sitting, looking out at a beautiful turquoise ocean. It’s warm outside and the air is sifting through beautiful large palm trees. I have everything I could need and want…time, food, beautiful surroundings…and yet all I can think about … Continue reading

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All Creatures Great And Small

I once had a blue fish named Sam. He was a cheery, happy little fellow and I took him everywhere with me. I’d go away for a week with his little “travel” tank under my arm. He was the last … Continue reading

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Me First

I come from a place where politeness runs abundantly and at times at a level of excess. Drivers will stop to anticipate whether or not you may or may not like to cross the road as you approach the sidewalk. … Continue reading

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Get The Ball

I know this dog named Boxin. Every time I go and see him, he gets really excited and soon he brings me this terribly ragged, filthy ball. As I go to throw it, I can see his rippling anticipation just … Continue reading

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Bring Out Your Inner Heretic

There was a time when Galileo was accused of being a heretic for suggesting that the earth moved around the sun, when Joan of Arc was accused of being a witch, Martin Luthor King lost his life speaking the truth, … Continue reading

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