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Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs posted on Feb 2

Winter can be a hard time for many of us. The days are shorter, darkness sets in early, and oh yeah, it’s freezing out there! The change in seasons wreaks havoc on many people. Some people feel more tired, sad, or anxious when there are   …Continue Reading Tips for Surviving the Winter Blahs

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids!

Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids! posted on Dec 15

Remember when you were a kid? I do, and I loved to color inside (and outside) the lines in my coloring books! I’d get lost in the playful world of Garfield, outer space, and tropical rain forests. Coloring books for adults have ballooned in popularity,   …Continue Reading Coloring Isn’t Just for Kids!

Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia

Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia posted on Nov 18

“No soy lo que me he sucedido, sino lo que elijo ser.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung Sea cual sea su edad, tal vez haya pasado momentos difíciles en la vida. Puede haber tenido experiencias traumáticas, perdido a seres queridos o quizás enfrente discriminación y prejuicios   …Continue Reading Cómo Fomentar la Resiliencia

Play Your Way to Joy!

Play Your Way to Joy! posted on Oct 22

“[People] do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. Play isn’t just for kids! In our fast-paced, modern world, we seem to have forgotten about leisure time. That is, time that isn’t scheduled,   …Continue Reading Play Your Way to Joy!

September Is Suicide Prevention Month

September Is Suicide Prevention Month posted on Sep 21

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and there is no better time to begin or renew our commitment to taking care of ourselves and each other. Too many people have been affected by the tragedy of suicide, either directly or indirectly, and we in the   …Continue Reading September Is Suicide Prevention Month

Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities posted on Aug 11

“The RLC started as a place to go when I was living on the street. Then – once I had a place to live, had reconnected with family, and had gotten other parts of my life back on track – it became a place to   …Continue Reading Program Spotlight: Recovery Learning Communities

Tips for Handling Transitions

Tips for Handling Transitions posted on Jul 1

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean Summer is a time of transitions. The weather warms and the earth turns lush and in full bloom. Summer also brings life transitions   …Continue Reading Tips for Handling Transitions

Growing Season is Here!

Growing Season is Here! posted on Jun 2

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” ~ Alfred Austin, poet Spring is a time of transitions. The snow has melted (finally!),   …Continue Reading Growing Season is Here!

Building Your Resiliency

Building Your Resiliency posted on Apr 28

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” ~ Carl Gustav Jung No matter your age, it’s possible that you’ve been through a lot in life. Perhaps you’ve had traumatic experiences, lost people who were very close to you,   …Continue Reading Building Your Resiliency

The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness

The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness posted on Apr 1

“We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We write because writing is good for the soul…” – Author Julia Cameron When you’re in need of guidance, find direction at the tip of your   …Continue Reading The Write Stuff: Writing Your Way to Wellness