A social media hack for happiness!

There’s a lot that can be said about the effect of social media on mental health and overall happiness. Just take a look at some of these headlines: The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel! New study shows just how bad social media can be for mental health Is everyone happier than youContinue reading “A social media hack for happiness!”

What’s up with the enneagram?

I love a good personality profile! Back in a college psychology class we had to take a Myers-Briggs test, and I absolutely obsessed over my results (INFJ) learning everything there was to know about the theory behind it, what it supposedly meant for…or about…my daily living and habits, and what it suggested about future careerContinue reading “What’s up with the enneagram?”

The doubts/expectations paradox

The summer before high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go out for the golf team. We had some old golf clubs in the garage that we would use to whack balls around the backyard, but I’d never seriously swung a golf club, or been on a course to play a fullContinue reading “The doubts/expectations paradox”

The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Has there ever been a month quite like February 2019? Here in the upper midwest, we have been pummeled with one snow storm after the next after the next. We’ve missed so much school that I can’t remember the last time we had a five-day week. I drive through a snow tunnel to get outContinue reading “The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Thoughts on 31 day mental wellness challenges, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

I recently set out to complete a 31 days mental wellness challenge. More accurately, I recently tried twice to start a 31 day mental wellness challenge, but on both attempts, I stopped woefully short of making it through the entire month. This was not a product of losing interest in mental wellness, but rather thatContinue reading “Thoughts on 31 day mental wellness challenges, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend”

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving forContinue reading “Two books to kick off your best year yet!”

5 things for the start of the new year

Happy New Year!! It’s 2019!! How does it feel? Some of us sprinted to the finish line of 2018, grateful to have made it in one piece. Some of us dragged our feet, reluctant to leave behind what was, perhaps, the best year ever. Maybe you’re unsure of where you stand on the whole prospectContinue reading “5 things for the start of the new year”

On the couch with Cece, LICSW; the holidays and anxiety

I can clearly remember the first time someone used the word “anxiety” to describe the way I handled stress in my life. I was in college when I started waking up at 4:00am with my thoughts racing and my stomach in knots. I’d lay in bed tossing and turning thinking about the stupid things I’dContinue reading “On the couch with Cece, LICSW; the holidays and anxiety”

The joy of meeting yourself where you are

I’m a person who likes to push. I like to have a target, a goal I’m working towards. My ideas tend to balloon into behemoth monsters that take all my focus, energy, and time. I throw myself wholeheartedly into projects, and work myself to the point of exhaustion…either physical exhaustion in an effort to finishContinue reading “The joy of meeting yourself where you are”

How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was

In the fall of 2012, as I was about to start my second full year of teaching, I also decided that I wanted to run a marathon. I’d run five half marathons at that point, and a couple of triathlons, and it seemed like the next big endurance hurdle to clear. My fall teaching scheduleContinue reading “How the fittest I’ve ever been became the unhealthiest I ever was”