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

First World Problems: Small Talk

  Have you ever asked someone how they are and actually listened to their answer? Most of us have brief interactions with people each and every day – family members, spouses, children, co-workers, customers, fellow grocery shoppers, or strangers on the street. Our busy schedules and over-committed calendars keep us facing forward, head down, scrolling through our smart phones. Societal pressures have us shuffling from one meeting, appointment or obligation to the next, measuring productivity by checking things off our to-do [...]

May 4th, 2016|Addiction, Counseling|0 Comments

First World Problems: Traveling

My two-year-old and I went out of town for the weekend. It was an eventful trip, to say the least. The high points included catching up with old friends, eggplant Parmesan, a full body massage, synchronized dancing (you had to be there), outlet shopping and a 5K run. The low points: hours of traffic, my car being towed, spotty cell phone service and driving home with a screaming toddler. Talk about first world problems. About two hours into [...]

March 8th, 2016|Counseling|0 Comments

We’re Hiring

As a Pastoral Counseling Center, we are seeking applicants for clinical positions who have high clinical competence and are no stranger to their own inner life. This may include a sense of seasoning and growth through dealing with difficult life experiences, as well as how one’s own sense of the bigger picture of life may have been a resource in that growth. A second strength would be the applicant demonstrating an awareness of and ability to think, speak, and [...]

March 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Laugh a Little

Did you know? For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries 2015 Word of the Year was a pictograph. The ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015. The emoji was also selected because, according to SwiftKey, a mobile technology business, it was the most used emoji in the world. The pictograph made up 20 percent of all the emojis used in the United Kingdom and 17 percent [...]

February 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment