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Mindfulness: Resetting Your Brain

June 21, 2020

Mindfullness is a simple, yet powerful way to reset your brain.  So, what is mindfulness exactly? Think about a time you’ve been working on a computer.  Have you ever reached a point where the computer seemed to be lagging, moving slowly, or simply not working properly?  You might find that rebooting the computer makes a…

2 Questions to Unlock Motivation & Change Mindsets

June 7, 2020

It was my last semester of college. “Senioritis” had fully kicked-in.  I was ready to graduate. It was also the first day of EAD 315, “Student Leadership Training.” Waiting for class to start, I was focused on the friends I was meeting after class. The instructor began. He asked us to move our desks into…

Naming Feelings: Feeling Better by Making the “Invisible, Visible”

May 16, 2020

Naming feelings is a simple, yet powerful, mind-hack that can relieve stress and leave you feeling better quickly (not to mention dramatically improving your interaction with others).   The process of naming feelings is actually quite easy, (click here to learn why it works) but having the awareness to name your feelings is the challenge.  That’s…

Processing Feelings: Why Facing Tough Stuff Hurts and Helps

April 12, 2020

Several recent situations keep bringing the topic of processing feelings to my attention. One of them was an exchange of FB messages I recently had with Liam (name changed to protect his privacy). Liam is the son of long-time family friends. He’s in his late 20s. I’ve known him since the day he was born; he’s practically…

Why Does Naming Feelings Work?

December 16, 2019

Naming feelings is tricky! There are hundreds of feelings and every minute of the day you can be feeling a variety of them. Sometimes, it’s hard to pinpoint what you’re feeling. Take your average “bad day,” for example. Nearly everyone has experienced a “bad day”. Some days, you are just in a bad mood. Maybe…

My Mom’s Advice: “Get Some Dumb Friends!”

December 12, 2019

Last week, I received an email from a 30-in-30 subscriber: Her son is a junior in high school who struggles academically. He refuses extra help from a tutor or teacher, insisting he can do it on his own. He has an older brother who does well in school with relatively little effort, so the young…

MUST SEE: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

December 12, 2019

If you don’t yet know what all of the fuss is over, stop what you are doing right now and go see the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The film is not riveting. Yet, it is COMPLETELY riveting. Whether you were a fan of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood as a child or not, Fred Rogers…

Emotional Intelligence: Identify Your Multiple Intelligence

December 12, 2019

Are you smart? You just started judging yourself. Maybe you answered “yes.”  Or, “no.”  Or, maybe you waffled with indecision. As a society, we make this judgement of others all the time.  Even the best teachers in education find themselves with thoughts like, “Kyle is a bright kid, he’ll learn this quickly.  But Laura will…

School Frustration and Managing Anxiety

December 11, 2019

School Frustration and Managing Anxiety: if you’ve ever felt totally lost and hopeless in school, there are some things you can you do to flip that feeling around… “It’s Like I’m Back in 4th Grade, Learning Long Division” I recently had an experience (in fact, I’m still floundering my way through it) that took me right…

The Pursuit of Perfection Creates Anxiety & Stress for Students

December 10, 2019

I am typically not one to watch intellectual competitions in my spare time, especially anything more intense than Family Feud. However, one caught my attention as I flipped through channels. The show was called Child Genius. Young children answering questions about crazy subjects and spelling words that I didn’t even know existed. I was hooked.…

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