First World Problems: Village People

Rambunctious. I’d say that’s a good word to describe my son. The old adage “it takes a village to raise a child” is true in my case. I’m guessing most parents can relate. Earlier this month I participated in a two-day Motivational Interviewing training class taught by KPCC at Christ Church in downtown Charleston. My dad generally watches my son while I’m working, but on this particular day he was unavailable. As such, he enlisted the help of [...]

November 23rd, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Events

I’m inspired to write blog posts nearly every day, but I would be remiss if I didn’t write one about Tuesday night’s Dent Dinner. I love events of any kind; I’ve planned hundreds of them…corporate meetings, galas, fundraisers, holiday parties, golf outings, debutante balls, bar mitzvahs, weddings...the list goes on. I enjoy the behind the scenes work and all the little details that go into it. The linens, centerpieces, music, audio visual, programming, entertainment, food – let’s not [...]

October 28th, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Mornings

Let me preface this post with a disclaimer: If you are squeamish when it comes to bodily functions, read no further. Tuesday, October 4 2:47 a.m. Lying on my bed, facing the door, I awaken to the sound of “pssssst” and see a set of small hazel eyes staring back at me. My affectionate and persuasive toddler asks to get into my bed. He kisses my face and I give in, “OK, but just for a minute…”  And [...]

October 6th, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Belonging

  Last week I took to the road. I’d planned a girls’ outing with my bestie and the first step was to pick her up in Beckley. That meant I had over an hour to myself in the car. Considering my treks are generally accompanied by my two-year-old and his chirpy kids’ songs, I was pretty excited to listen the Road Trippin’playlist I’d spent the previous week compiling. Our plans for the jaunt included driving to North Carolina, [...]

September 21st, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Expressing Gratitude

  My son has a Veggie Tales book that he loves. We read it night and day. A pastor’s wife gave it to him. Why is he so attached to this little book? There is a red button in the upper right corner that plays a song. It’s annoying and catchy and it gets stuck in my head. He plays it so often, I rarely think about the meaning of the words. Because a thankful heart is a [...]

September 2nd, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration, Uncategorized|1 Comment

First World Problems: Pokémon Go

What do you mean there are people all over the world, walking around aimlessly, hunting virtual cartoon pocket monsters? And these weird little creatures are everywhere? In the shampoo aisle at Target? Beside the escalator at the Town Center mall? On the dashboard of my car? Even in my house? Um, more like Pokémon No. For the parents, grandparents, non-fans and others who don’t quite get what all the fuss is about, I did some digging on the [...]

July 26th, 2016|First World Problems, Inspiration|0 Comments

Emotions can flood, too.

  Dear friends, The shock of last week's flooding is starting to settle and some people may be experiencing normal, post-traumatic stress reactions. As we come together to help with cleanup, gather supplies and offer our support to those who have been directly affected, here are some tips on how to be a skillful listener: Give empathy for what we have been through Acknowledge that this has been a difficult event Validate that stress reactions are normal Hold hope that these reactions will probably [...]

June 27th, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|0 Comments

First World Problems: Staff Meetings

If you Google “staff meeting memes”, the results are pretty entertaining. We’ve all been there. You have the doodler, the window gazer, the incessant cougher (me today), the late comer, the nail biter, the fast talker…you get the idea. Occasionally, meetings are daunting, tedious and boring, but they're also a vital part of the success of any business or organization. Theoretically, staff meetings are productive assemblies where support is given, decisions are made and ideas are born. At [...]

June 23rd, 2016|First World Problems, Uncategorized|0 Comments

First World Problems: Getting Older

I don’t have cable; therefore the soundtrack to my daily routine is generally dictated by Spotify’s shuffle feature. Yesterday’s commute to work included a song called Timekeeper. A clock ticks as the music begins to play. The lyrics start as follows: Timekeeper I can't believe how long it's been Timekeeper I wish I could start over again I'm too young to be feeling this way Yeah I'm wasted as I lie awake There goes another day Whoa, timekeeper [...]

June 3rd, 2016|Counseling, First World Problems, Inspiration|1 Comment

First World Problems: Social Media

The past two weeks have been full of challenges - emotional anxiety, dealing with the loss of a pet, and caring for a sick child, whom I’ve now learned has asthma. A toddler taking albuterol treatments = wild child…but that’s a story for another day. Sunday I decided to shake it off and snap out of the blues. What better way to cheer up than to spend some time perusing Facebook, right? WRONG. Graduation photos, birth announcements and [...]

May 21st, 2016|Counseling, Inspiration|1 Comment