Author Archives: Hillary

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions every year only to give up on them Jan. 2? I know I have. So I consulted a life coach to help me keep my resolve. Meet Ursula. Ursula:           I would not make any revolutions if I was you. Me:                You […]

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Are You Feeling some Family Stress over the Holidays?

Are you feeling some family stress over the holidays?  If you are embroiled in some form of family dysfunction, what could be more fun than the holiday season? This happened to me many years ago with some in-laws that I never seemed to connect with. Talk about family stress! Here I was at the big […]

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Did you know that prayer can be humorous and healing for family stress?

Did you know that prayer can be humorous and healing for family stress? Prayer is one of the most potent antidotes to anxiety. Connecting with a higher power helps you gain strength and clear your mind. Now, I don’t mean prayer acting on negative emotions such as, “Please Lord, smote these people NOW!” or “I pray […]

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Did you ever have hair-raising parenting stress?

Did you ever have hair-raising parenting stress? I did, when my two girls were toddlers in a daycare center. I learned that lice are not nice! Let me regurgitate my lunch now – how gross can you get! These are little beings in your child’s hair. Ugh…even menopausal hot flashes are more fun. First – […]

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Are you a Parent Martyr?

Are you a parent martyr? If you’re not sure, then here are some indications of the Parent Martyr Syndrome:       I have never professed to be extremely sacrificial. However, I’m sure that you know at least one person who is a parent martyr: “I have not gone for any routine physicals or dental visits for […]

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Have you ever experienced Relationship Stress?

How many times in your life have you experienced relationship stress?  I know I have! I have recently reflected on how much time has been spent listening to other’s break-up stories and time spent draining everyone I know on my own relationship tales. I venture to say that I am not alone in playing both […]

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Are you experiencing Parenting Stress?

There was one particular heinous form of parenting stress when my children were toddlers as they shared hats and hairbrushes with their friends and attended before and after school care:  LICE and PINKEYE! Now, pinkeye I could deal with. You just take little Suzie to the doctor, put in the eye ointment carefully 3 or […]

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Are You Experiencing Signs of Stress?

Do you know your signs of stress? Do you find yourself becoming impatient with your children, grinding your teeth, breaking out in hives, and yelling at the garbage truck down the street?  I remember becoming so stressed when parenting my young children as a single mom that I would develop multiple cancer sores which were […]

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Are You Dealing with Anxiety in a Healthy Way?

Do you ever feel that you have too much anxiety in your life? Are You dealing with anxiety in a healthy way?Do you find yourself dealing with anxiety in ways that are not as healthy as they could be? Do you constantly fantasize that you will leave your present situation to live on a tropical […]

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Unconventional – Talking to the Hand

I’ve just come back from my favorite convention of all time. Not that the clown convention that I attended several years ago in Denver wasn’t delightful, it was. However, there’s something magical about the Vent Haven Convention in Hebron, Kentucky at the Cincinnati Airport Marriott. Every year ventriloquists from all over the world gather for […]

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