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The Power of Our Stories

I recently stumbled across this powerful quote by Orson Welles: “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” So many examples of this came to my mind. That same weekend I’d been to the theater and saw Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” At the end of the first act it’s all Fairy Tale Happy Endings, but in the second act we learn that Cinderella’s prince is pining over Sleeping Beauty, and Rapunzel’s suffering from post-partum depression after having twins and her prince has his eye on this beautiful girl in a glass coffin guarded by dwarves. So, you see, once again it depends on where you stop your story. I’m one of those people who doesn’t skip to the back of the book…
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Are You Freaked Out? Responding vs. Reacting

This would be a theme in so many of my clients' sessions the past few weeks. Some people say they have Never been this anxious; others have had mild anxiety recently or for a lifetime. There's ALOT going on in our world right now & it's freaking people out. People who usually DON'T freak out. I've been sharing some of my BEST TOOLS with so many people that I knew I needed to write about it, and in fact - give a workshop to take it deeper. (Email me or details on the website soon.) Then I was at World Market and saw this journal (pictured here) and it was perfect, and I laughed so hard and knew I had to share it with you.  I mean, if there's a book…
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Creating Intentional Change Workshop

Creating Intentional Change A Not-Your-Standard-Goal-Setting-Workshop With Keri Riggs, M.A., LPC-S What do you long for? What makes your heart sing? What brings you JOY? Join us on Saturday, January 21st 9 AM – 12 noon Most adults know how to set SMART goals, and perhaps you have done so with some success in the past… You also may know that only 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions are successful. Why is that? They set goals that are uninspiring, based on something they think they “should” do or want. Set aside a little structured and focused time just for YOU! You'll walk away with more clarity and even excitement about your personal, manageable plan for the next 30 to 90 days. Connect with other like-minded people seeking more JOY…
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Are We Having an Anxiety Epidemic? Tips, Tools & Resources #1

I'm starting to think we are in the middle of an anxiety epidemic. In a counseling and coaching practice, you see trends of common client problems at certain times - maybe couples with sexual issues in their relationships, people with micromanaging or abusive bosses at work, acting-out 15-year-olds, women who are quite sure they must have ADHD or the beginning of Alzheimer's. The past few months the issue has been anxiety. So my mission over the next few blogs is to share a few of my favorite tips, tools and resources. Our Imagination is a Powerful Thing You know that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the Well of Souls where there are all those snakes? Well, like Indy, I hate snakes. My only real phobia. (Even getting…
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Choices, Consequences and Lessons Learned – my latest “Adventure”

Lessons from a longer-than-expected nature hike in Missouri OR It made sense at the time... I felt like Cheryl Strayed in Wild. Okay, that's a little dramatic. Let's just say I wasn't well prepared. My hopefully-soon-to-be-Eagle Boy Scout son would've laughed at me or scolded me, I'm sure. Arriving at Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area tucked back on Route 76 in Branson, Missouri, I decided to take the short 7/10 mile walk. It was a walk, not a hike, just a little time in nature that I'd been craving. I would take the 328 steps down to the lake and was sure coming back wouldn't be a problem. I'd planned to stop & get a water bottle and a protein bar, but I chose a Krispy Kreme donut & coffee instead. (Bad idea #1)…
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