Could This Happen To You?

Jul 23, 2013 by

Every now and then someone will contact me with a story behind their gambling addiction that they want to share on my blog. They aren’t in a place to have their screams be silent anymore. Recently I received an email that really gave me chills. My heart sank because I understand that this can be the reality of our lives if we let our gambling take us too far down. My client showed me an example of the emotional destruction that gambling can cause. Truth be told, she isn’t different than any one of us. With her insistence, I am sharing her story to show you how the vicious cycle of problem gambling can feed into other dangerous cycles as well. As always, to protect my client I have changed the names and she...

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See the Good

Jul 21, 2013 by

In my quest to get back into the groove of social media I noticed that I was cringing when I saw my “friends” making complaint after complaint. In a moment of divine timing I saw a ray of light. One of my marketing “friends” felt the urge to send out a reminder: You get back what you put out into the world. I know this to be true. It hasn’t been at the front of my mind for the past few years but I am ready to acknowledge that power again. He too was concerned that so many people around him were using Facebook as a platform to bitch about how terrible their lives are. When you focus on the complaints I believe it’s easy to get sucked into that downward spiral. Some people...

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Where Did I Go Right?

Jul 18, 2013 by

Do you ever wonder what the heck happened to your life?  While I was living in Phoenix (3 years ago) I was happy, warm and surrounded by a beautiful community of like-minded thinkers. I was able to embrace positive thinking and maintain my spirituality. I attended a school where the students were part of my extended family. Even though I still struggled with some of my demons it was easier to deal with my problems. Then I moved to Denver. From the very beginning my mindset was terrible. I came kicking and screaming. I literally dragged my feet. I didn’t want to leave my happy place and yet I needed to go with my family. As you can imagine, life in Denver has been a struggle. Very little has been easy and I have...

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Figure Out What’s Going On So You Can Relax...

Jul 15, 2013 by

I tossed and turned and hoped and prayed but I couldn’t go back to sleep after my husband left for work at the crack of dawn. Bummer. Today is my Saturday. I should be able to sleep in! However, the sun is shining and its a beautiful morning. Sitting outside at my neighborhood Starbucks with an iced tea sounds like a nice treat. One of my favorite ways to fill my soul is to sit alone at a restaurant reading, writing, working and just watching life roll by. It is a little slice of heaven for me. As I’m bonding with the sunshine I notice that my mind feels like it’s a cage holding a bunch of monkeys. Normally I can sit and relax but this feels like work today. Time to evaluate. What is...

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What is the Price of Our Behavior?...

Jul 7, 2013 by

Have you ever noticed that life gets a little bit easier when we don’t have to worry about other people? We ask ourselves, “What difference does it make if I gamble? I’m not hurting anyone.” Whether you like to zone out on the internet, work endlessly or escape in other ways, your addiction of choice will affect other people. You probably won’t see it right away. It’s easier to tell yourself that your choice doesn’t affect anyone else.  After all, you’re the one who feels rotten and loses your time or money. They don’t. Or do they? It took me the longest time to realize that I was hurting those around me too. I didn’t want my problem to be worse than it had to be in my mind. It was bad enough and I...

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