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National Relaxation Day

Did you know that in physics and chemistry, relaxation is a concept that refers to the movement of a system or a process from a state of disorder or disruption to equilibrium? National Relaxation Day is observed annually on August 15th. It is time to slow down, unwind and relax! National Relaxation Day is an Read More

Dog Days of Summer

If you live in West Michigan, you’ve experienced what many refer to as the “dog days” of summer, with heat and humidity at a high point.  The name “dog days” came from the ancient Romans because they associated the hottest days of summer with the star Sirius. Sirius was known as the “Dog Star” because Read More

Follow Your Dream

Once there was an eagle’s nest with four beautiful eggs perched on the side of a mountain. An earthquake occurred causing one of the eggs to roll out of the nest and down the mountain side.  It landed in the middle of a chicken farm below.  The chickens gathered around the egg and decided they Read More

Be Kind.

In my last post, I talked about focusing on the positive and paying attention to the present moment. One way to stay positive is in your actions.  Take time each day to build others up to look for ways to be kind to someone.  Look for ways to do someone a favor. It is easy Read More

Focus on the Positive

You are probably familiar with the Japanese proverb Fall down seven times, stand up eight.  In other words, continue to try.  Too many people give up when success doesn’t come quickly enough.  In her book, Your Journey to Greatness Through Routine, author Michelle Steffes says, “Imagine your success journey as a train. Unless you begin Read More

Attitude of Gratitude

In 2014, a wide receiver for a Texas high school football team, Apollos Hester, was interviewed after a stunning comeback against the opponent expected to win the game.  His interview went viral on YouTube.  Here is what he said: “You’re going to be successful because you put in all the time, all the effort, all Read More

How to Make Hard Conversations Simple

This is a Guest Post by: Ben Martin, Thera Rising It feels like the most important conversations are the hardest to have, doesn’t it? How many times have we known we should bring up a tough subject, only to chicken out when that toe-curling feeling of apprehension wiggles up in our gut? What if I told Read More

Take a Breath!

Take a breath! Breathing is an excellent stress relief technique.  Breathing is an automatic process; however, we rarely use our full lung capacity.  When is the last time you took a purposeful breath? Breathing is just one of those things we don’t think about, and for good reason! If we had to remember to breathe, Read More