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Your Brain Loves Friendship!

February is the month of love and celebration of relationships. Looking deeper into this holiday, we see it’s not just candy and champagne. Healthy and satisfying relationships are beneficial for body and soul.
Let’s take a look at the benefits. 
Oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, AKA “happy” hormones, are released when we are with friends we trust …

We Train People How to Treat Us

Client #1: “My wife bosses me around. She makes all the big decisions, and she called me a wimp today. She doesn’t respect me at all.”
Coach Arlene- “It makes sense that you feel disrespected when you don’t have a voice in your marriage. What have you done so far to let her know you’d …

BRING THE PAIN

 COACHES AND COMEDIANS

I had a 3:45 am wake-up for a flight recently. Departure was at 6 am, so you can imagine my brain wasn’t fully functioning. I perused the United entertainment choices for a distraction that would not require significant brain function. I love comedy shows, and I found a Chris Rock documentary on …

Stepping into the New Year with …confusion.

Lately, my social news feeds have been inundated with new year inspirational or motivational posts. You might have seen them, too.
“10 things to bring into the new year!”
“10 things to leave behind in the new year!”
“5 simple things you can do to create happiness, mindfulness, self-awareness… ” The lists are endless.
Then there is advice …

LIFE IS HARD!-Or is it?

Life is hard. We hear that often don’t we? 
Many times when we think something is “hard” we have a tendency to engage in avoidance or procrastination.
What if we changed how we process this thought? 
We see the world through filters. For instance, if we wear green-shaded glasses, we see the world through a green tint. …

IS YOUR JUNIOR OR SENIOR READY FOR THEIR NEXT STEP?

This is an exciting time of the year for many young adults who are taking the next step into their futures. Graduating seniors may be leaving home with increased independence and challenges. They will be faced with difficult choices and decisions.
Rising juniors will be looking toward a busy year of college visits, college entrance …

THE ALLURE OF DOLLY AND BETTY

At a time when it seems as though anyone on the planet is fair game for being trolled, getting “canceled,” or social media abuse, two women seemingly have escaped the carnage. In fact, say anything negative about Dolly Parton or Betty White on social media and you’re likely to be the one canceled or …

LIFE LESSONS AND FOOTBALL

People who know me are aware that I am a huge football fan, and most importantly a passionate New Orleans Saints fan. “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” is a part of being a sports fan, but I also see these parallels between life and sports. Here is what I have …

TAKE CARE OF YALL’S MENTALS

You might recall Seattle Seahawk’s running back, Marshawn Lynch, gave an inspiring post-game interview in 2020 in which he advised younger players to “take care of ya’ll’s mentals…and take care of your chicken.” By chicken, he was referring to a player’s income. As you may surmise, one’s mentals are a person’s mental health. Clearly, …

FORGOTTEN SKILLS DURING THE PANDEMIC

This weekend I met a friend for lunch at a restaurant outside of my neighborhood. The traffic was heavy, and I was trying to make a left-hand turn. My view was obstructed, and I saw a car coming but it seemed far away. Apparently, it just seemed that way because as I made the …