Bids for connection: making your relationship more resilient

It's Valentine's Day week. Perhaps you are the ebullient cherub of the patron saint of love and romance, prepping your rose petals for your Valentine's evening. Or maybe you fall more to the, shall we say, jaded end of the spectrum and cringe at the Hallmark-contrived mandatory love-in. Most likely, like me, you fall somewhere …

On beginning

Yesterday, at the age of 83, poet Mary Oliver died. This month, as we focus on meaning and purpose, her passing gently yet insistently reminds us that it is never too early, nor too late, to do what we need to do. It requires us only to begin. THE JOURNEY One day you finally knewwhat …

Keep Indulging!

Happy New Year! And yes, you read that headline right. Keep indulging! I know it's January 4th and if you are like me, you are sitting somewhere back at work, slightly dazed, and craving fondue and a cocktail even though it's just 11:15am. We've indulged and partied and celebrated and taken naps and lived in …

The ROI of Resilience

As your business prepares to close another year, you might be looking ahead for what will continue to keep your people motivated, optimistic, focused and resilient. You might also worry about the cost of investing in positive mental health actions. More training, changed processes, increased screenings and new programs all incur cost, to be sure. …

Deck the Halls with Expectations! Fa-La-La-La-La Let’s Take a Breath!

It snowed in Charlottesville all day yesterday. When it finally eased off around 10pm, we had close to 8 inches of snow. The white blanket looked festive and sparkling surrounded in the neighborhood Christmas lights. I had been slow to feel much in the holiday spirit this year, but having "real snow" in Virginia before …

When Crisis Strikes

You did everything right. You spent time proactively building your resiliency skills, you have a strong support systems, you have strong boundaries and healthy coping mechanisms.  Then, it happened. You are suddenly a caregiver of an aging parent. Or you are left grieving the life transition of being an empty-nester. Perhaps you find yourself in …