Hello!  Warm winter Holiday wishes to everyone!  How is the holiday season going for you?  We often laugh at our dramatically different approaches to the holidays.  Gioia dives right in to creating tons of hand-crafted presents and entertaining with large family get-togethers, but ends up pretty exhausted come January.  Rebecca has a little bit of the “Grinch” in her, and likes to downplay the celebrations, but does enjoy gathering special small gifts for a …

12/12 Attending to the Good Click to Read Post »

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Annie Appreciations

July 2018 Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, reappears this month as the subject of our summer “Youth Series”. Similar to last month’s theme, “Attending to the Good “, which is designed to bring conscious focus to what is functioning in and around us, this month she reflected on an exercise called “Appreciating Small Things.” The instructions for this directive are …

07/18 42 Small Things That Had a Positive Impact Click to Read Post »

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June 2018 Continuing with our summer “Youth Series” we asked Annabel, Gioia’s 16 year-old daughter, to do artwork in response to some of the directives we often give to our clients. We wanted a teenager’s perspective on those themes.  She chose “Attending to the Good/Negativity Bias”, an exercise designed to address the natural tendency for negative experiences and perceptions to command our …

06/18 Expression = Relief Click to Read Post »

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March 2017 Rebecca’s 95 year-old aunt Joan’s tenacious creativity has inspired yet another newsletter.  A couple of years ago, we wrote about her blog, Joan’s Stones, which she started at the age of 90 to keep her creativity alive when she was becoming less mobile (to see that newsletter click here).  Joan’s “stones” were posts in which she responded with a …

03/17 Tenacious Creativity and Connection Click to Read Post »

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…It turns what we have into enough, and more. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Melody Beattie Gioia and I frequently open workshops with a simple exercise “Think of three things that went well this morning or three things for which you are …

08/13 Three Things That Went Well This Morning Click to Read Post »

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