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Is It Just Stress, or Is This Burnout?

Is It Just Stress, or Is This Burnout?

There’s lot of talk about burnout these days, but it is often misunderstood.  You might be wondering:  Is this what burnout feels like?  Or is this just stress? Let’s take a minute to look at the difference between stress and burnout. Stress is a natural and normal...

Want More Love, Joy, and Ease?                                                                                                Set Boundaries.

Want More Love, Joy, and Ease? Set Boundaries.

One of the most loving actions we can take for ourselves and those around us is to create clear and firm boundaries.  There are a lot of misconceptions about boundaries that cause them to be misused or misunderstood. I hope to clear some of that up in this post, so...

How Burnout Hijacks Your Identity

How Burnout Hijacks Your Identity

Burnout takes its toll in so many ways, and perhaps the most insidious is the way it can hijack your identity.

So often, when my clients articulate their experience of the stressors in their work, they jump from describing what’s happening in the environment directly to a judgment of themselves.

Now What?

Now What?

Pictured:  Fable's goal for 2024 appears to be the daily practice of dog yoga. It’s the end of January.  For many of us, it’s the time when those shiny-new, beautiful goals we romanced at the end of December have…well, let’s just say the honeymoon is over. Quite often...

The Gift of A Reset

The Gift of A Reset

Will you be taking some time off during the holiday season? In the midst of whatever you have planned, setting intentions about what you need physically, mentally, and emotionally is perhaps more important than ever. Consider how your time off can actually be a reset,...

The Life-Changing Gift of A Great Book

The Life-Changing Gift of A Great Book

  Charlotte’s Web was my first self-help book. At age seven I read it over and over, during the chaotic year of my parents’ divorce.  It was then that I first discovered the incredible power of words and of stories.  EB White’s novel transported me from the...

Are We There Yet?            The Importance of Our Sense of Progress

Are We There Yet? The Importance of Our Sense of Progress

“I stopped listening to myself and started talking to myself.” – Ocular Surgeon Dr. James Gills. I bring you this post in mid-November when many of us find ourselves having a harder time of it.  The world is darker, and the holidays are around the corner.  It’s a time...

The False Choice That Keeps Us Stuck

The False Choice That Keeps Us Stuck

I’ve been talking about burnout a lot lately.  I’ve had the privilege to speak at conferences on the west and east coasts, and to continue to help my clients change their relationship with their work. Despite burnout being such a topic of concern in our cultural...

What’s it Like to be Coached?

What’s it Like to be Coached?

If you’ve never experienced coaching, you may have some questions about it, and perhaps you have some assumptions…I know I did.  A few years ago, I heard the term “Life Coach” and as a clinical counselor, I felt immediately dismissive of the concept.  It sounded like...

Paddleboarding is Life

Paddleboarding is Life

Any Ted Lasso fans out there are familiar with the character Dani Rojas and his oft-exclaimed proclamation, “Fútbol is Life!"  Ever since I fell in love with paddleboarding a couple of years ago, whenever I’m out there on the water, my musings take me to a similar...

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