Personal Relationships

Confronting Feelings of Shame: Part 2

The next part of this series looks at how shame and vulnerability show up differently for men and women. Much of this information again comes from Brene Brown and her book, “Daring Greatly” as well as my clinical experience...

A True Analytical View of Online Dating

Today, I’m a happily married woman, but just a few years ago, I was what my friends and I lovingly referred to as a “professional dater.” I tried Match, I tried eHarmony, I even tried JDate, and I’m not ...

Top 4 Ways to Boost Your Relationship in the New Year.

The New Year signifies lots of “New You” opportunities and those new healthy changes you’re choosing probably impact your relationship. Here are some ways to incorporate positive changes into your relationship in 2013 ...


Finish Your Book! What Does Your 2012 Look Like?

In “Organized Chaos,” I told you about the amazing organizational benefits of a “Junk Drawer” notebook — that notebook you can carry with you everywhere to record important notes and all your brill...

The 7 Most Influential People

In the hustle in bustle of the holiday season, I very rarely get around to cards. I don’t know about you, but I’m always amazed at the organization of people who send out adorable holiday cards with photos by the first week...

Talking About Your Career ‘Round the Holiday Table

If you’re spending any time with your family these next few days of holidays, you’ll no doubt be subjected to a question like this: “So, Susie, how are things going with your job?” Then, some strange unc...


The Jobless Career Girl: Tips to Survive Unemployment Over the Holiday Season

Tis the season for baking, good tidings and cheer, family and friends. For some of us, tis also the season where we get some terrible news: you lost your job. It’s a popular time of year for layoffs — the fiscal yea...

The Scary Truth About Vulnerability

Take a look at these three current definitions of vulnerability: Susceptible to physical and emotional injury. Open to damage and attack. Capable of being wounded or hurt. That doesn’t make feeling vulnerable sound very appea...

Mulligans and Recyclers — What I REALLY Want for Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: That time when we all give thanks for what we already have, then storm the malls for 30-ish days to buy more stuff. We’re constantly asked what we want for Christmas, then t...


Meeting Your Needs During the Holidays

I wanted to stick with the holiday theme this week (like last week) as it seems you’re supposed to be jazzed up by the holidays. But, in fact, they can be stressful. It’s a great opportunity for us to get caught up in o...