We all know that gratitude is good for us.

Practicing your appreciation benefits our brain, body, health, relationships, sleep, mood, makes us happier, and so much more! And it’s fun and easy to practice !

I bet for many people what typically comes to mind is to write down 3 things you are grateful for, either as a morning or evening reflection.

While that’s a good practice, there are many ways you can deepen your gratitude practice. For exampe, I invite you to consider one thing you are grateful for and reflect on 3–5 reasons why you are grateful for it. …

To say 2020 has been tough is the understatement of the century…even though we are only 20 years in. (Let’s hope that this is the hardest it gets for the next 80 years!)

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We’re being tested

So far this year, we have been given more opportunities to test our resilience, adaptability, the ability to pivot, to let go of expectation or attachment to the way we thought or hoped things would be, to confront our fear and anxiety, and ultimately to learn how to accept what is arising, especially when we don’t like what is arising.

Any which one of these things would…

Me and my 2 daughters. Photo by Lara George

My dear sweet daughter,

I am so sorry that you have had to endure so much loss.

I know that you’re going to be okay and that you’ll look back on this time and remember how hard it was, and how you didn’t think you’d get past it, and how you lost out on some of the innocence of your childhood, as well as the vision of the future you were working so hard to create.

I am so sad to watch you grieve your lost opportunities, experiences, connections, memories, and milestones.

I cry with you as I hold you…

We Can Get Through This!! Photo taken by Lisa Wood

May is Mental Health Awareness month, and what better time than now — in the midst of a global pandemic — than for us to bring awareness, and compassion, to our collective mental health.

Typically, when thinking about mental health, we might consider those suffering from anxiety or depression, suicidality, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders or more. This clearly is a noticeably short and condensed list of the various ways in which one may feel imbalance in their mental and emotional lives.

But right now, I think we are all feeling an imbalance in our mental and emotional lives. …

Relationships, Love and Dating During a Pandemic

Relationships are hard

Let me say that again. Relationships are so damn hard.

And want to hear an inconvenient truth?

Love isn’t enough.

It’s important, but it’s not enough.

My fiancé and I have been tested with this. Our needs definitely align, and yet, much to our chagrin, we still can get stuck, largely a result of both of us being sensitive. We hate the fact that we are human.

I find that when stuck, the focus need not remain on the cause, but rather in the repair: how are we going to step towards one…

What you may be feeling right now is depression…and that is okay

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When I was 10, my dad commit suicide.

The reality of depression hit my worldview at a young age, and though I am someone who’s never experienced depression, it’s been around me, and I know how real it is.

Depression is not just being in a bad mood.

It is not just being sad or unmotivated.

It’s more than that; it’s a deep sense of hopelessness that feels heavy on your chest and your heart, that can often rob you of clear judgment, reason or ability to look…

Joree Rose

Joree, a Marriage and Family Therapist, guides people on a Journey Forward to live their best life, through a foundation in mindfulness, meditation and mindset.

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