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How to Hug a Porcupine - 3 Steps to Loving Difficult People

Difficult people are all around us. Whether it’s an abrasive coworker, narcissistic boss, or toxic mother, all you need do is throw a stone and you will likely encounter someone difficult. These types of people remind me of porcupines. For…
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How Not to Care What People Think

I have met two types of people in my years as a coach: Those who let their fears hold them back and they live a life of frustration. Those who pretend they don’t care what others think and live a life of lies. Neither…
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What To Do When Someone Does You Wrong

Have you ever been let down by someone? I mean royally hurt by the very person you thought was your ride or die.   No one gets through life without being let down. Sometimes we’re unintentionally hurt by the mistakes…
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How To Set Boundaries With a Toxic Mother

As a counselor and coach, I’ve see women negatively affected by toxic mothers in my practice more than any other hurdle they encounter in life. And nearly every time, I witness these women expecting their bad mothers to miraculously…
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The Effect Broken Mothers Have on Their Daughters

In a previous post, I talked about 5 signs of your your mother is toxic.   While every story I hear about a bad mother is different, there is one thing they all have in common—the traits they leave behind. Please…
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5 Signs Your Mother is Toxic

Let’s face it, the mother-daughter relationship is complicated. Most women’s relationships with their moms aren’t picture perfect. But don’t use that simple fact as an excuse to tolerate a relationship with a toxic mother that is hurting…
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How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Married But Feel Single

Valentine’s Day is for sweethearts, but what happens when the thought of celebrating Valentine’s Day conjures up more disappointment than it does romance? Maybe you’re like many of the women in my counseling practice who are married but…
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8 Surprising Reasons You Have Trouble Making Quality Friends

Gone are the days when you could run next door to the neighbor’s house, knock on the door, ask if Susie could come out and play, and instantly you were friends. Granted, our requirements for our friends back then were simple: Be nice and…
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5 Tips to Keep Toxic Family Members from Ruining Your Holidays

Do you have toxic family members that make you dread the holidays? Maybe you do a great job avoiding them all year but you twitch at the thought of getting together with them on Christmas. Toxic people are all around us. Perhaps you’ve…
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9 Signs That Your Relationship is in Trouble

It’s our 10th anniversary and we’ve never had a fight” — that statement is something only uttered by a couple who is either lying through their teeth or have never spent a significant amount of time together. Relationships have…