The doubts/expectations paradox

The summer before high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go out for the golf team. We had some old golf clubs in the garage that we would use to whack balls around the backyard, but I’d never seriously swung a golf club, or been on a course to play a full…

The big March reset, Friday kudos, wine for your weekend

Has there ever been a month quite like February 2019? Here in the upper midwest, we have been pummeled with one snow storm after the next after the next. We’ve missed so much school that I can’t remember the last time we had a five-day week. I drive through a snow tunnel to get out…

Two books to kick off your best year yet!

This Christmas, my brother and I participated in a very 21st century version of the ritualistic exchanging of Christmas lists by sharing our Amazon shopping lists. Correction, I exchanged with him a modified Amazon shopping list because my actual wish list includes the shampoo I regularly reorder and at least 16 things I’m saving for…

5 things for the start of the new year

Happy New Year!! It’s 2019!! How does it feel? Some of us sprinted to the finish line of 2018, grateful to have made it in one piece. Some of us dragged our feet, reluctant to leave behind what was, perhaps, the best year ever. Maybe you’re unsure of where you stand on the whole prospect…

On the couch with Cece, LICSW; the holidays and anxiety

I can clearly remember the first time someone used the word “anxiety” to describe the way I handled stress in my life. I was in college when I started waking up at 4:00am with my thoughts racing and my stomach in knots. I’d lay in bed tossing and turning thinking about the stupid things I’d…

The joy of meeting yourself where you are

I’m a person who likes to push. I like to have a target, a goal I’m working towards. My ideas tend to balloon into behemoth monsters that take all my focus, energy, and time. I throw myself wholeheartedly into projects, and work myself to the point of exhaustion…either physical exhaustion in an effort to finish…