Angel in Tara's Garden

When the World Says No: Power of Forgiveness

Oh, no. Recently, I wrote about the power of NO. It’s a powerful word. And in this context I spoke of NO as a self-compassionate response, as well as an act of self-care. When we hear the tiny word, a huge reaction takes place inside. The sound of NO resonates right through to our emotional […]

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Even Deadbeat Dads Deserve a Tribute

It goes without saying how important fathers are. Social science research is chock full of studies proving that involved dads positively impact the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of their little boys and girls. Protective factors for girls involve delay of sexual risk taking; and for boys, decreases in behavioral problems and criminal activity. Overall, a […]

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Pretty Pleasers and the Power of No

    Before she left my office the young woman exclaimed, I’m getting better at the self-compassion part, but I need to work on the people pleasing part!” I meet lot of pretty pleasers in my work. I’m a recovering one myself. As a group we are also perfectionists and pride ourselves on a strong […]