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5 Tips To Surviving A Long Distance Relationship

5 Tips To Surviving A Long Distance Relationship

Surviving a long distance relationship has been a difficult challenge for both Chief and I. You may think after 13 plus years it gets easier, it doesn't! Over time and with each separation, you grow in all aspects (I am thankful for growth). You learn ways to make difficult times work with each separation. Many [...]

Toxic Relationships That We Love

Toxic Relationships That We Love

Sure, I asked myself over a thousand times "why do I like being a part of these toxic relationships?" Now when I mention "relationships" I do not mean just romantic but friendships as well. Whew! Not only did it take one, but about three toxic relationships later when I was able to understand why I did. [...]

Living A Simplified Life

Living A Simplified Life

So often we live a life that was created for us by our family. Or we live out family traditions. Within the past few years I have been embracing living my life my way! It truly took me moving to another city to appreciate and admire my wants and needs. I have been posting daily [...]

Becoming A Foster Parent

One of my 2018 goals were to complete our therapeutic foster parent training. Becoming a foster parent had always been just a thought. Chief and I would talk often about either adopting or fostering. But we made so many excuses to not invest in either: our house isn't big enough, we already have too many [...]

Strategies For Communicating With Your Teen

Let's face it, having sex-related topics, including relationships, STDs and pregnancy with my tweens is always an uncomfortable topic for me. Ironic right, as my profession is indeed counseling to adolescents and their families.  But it is a positive parenting practice with hopes to have a positive factor when my girls' have to make choices. [...]

Separation​ and Reunification: Military Life

Separation​ and Reunification: Military Life

Learning to deal with a separation and reunification has been consistent over this past year.  Because I am away from my normal support system of family and friends, it is definitely a different feel. Undoubtedly, the girls' and I have managed to accept the "what is" knowing that this is temporary (they are so strong!).  But [...]