Rehearsal

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Welcome to the blog, and Happy Spring!  March has been a busy month for me.  In addition to my work as a counselor, I work as a teaching artist for a few different theatre groups.  In the past four weeks, all three of my groups made it to and through their performances (and did amazing jobs!).  If you’re familiar with the theatre, you know that the process of putting on a play or musical takes significant time and effort.  Getting to present what you’ve been working on to an audience is the exciting culmination of a huge amount of creativity and hard work.  Depending on the nature of the project, it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years to rehearse and mount a production.  I’ve been participating in theatre, in one form or another, for just about my whole life, and being part of an opening night is still one of the best feelings I know!  But a successful opening night never happens without one essent ...

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  • rehearsal
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Anxiety in Generation Z

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The world can be a scary place. Turn on the television for five minutes and it’s clear that bad things happen all the time. If you dwell on it and really spend time pondering it, it is enough to convince you to not step outside your front door. If it’s difficult for us as adults, just imagine how difficult it is for our teenagers. There are all kinds of pressures for them…social media, fitting in at school, making their parents happy, getting good grades, the list goes on and on. All of this and add on the biological and chemical changes going on in their bodies and it’s hard to imagine just how difficult it can be. Did you know that our current generation of teenagers are the generation that suffers the most with depression and anxiety? Not those living during the World Wars or The Great Depression, our teenagers, Generation Z. Additionally, 80 percent of teenagers with Anxiety and 60 percent of teenagers with Depression are going untreated ( Read more

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Slow Down. Breathe. Be Present.

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Do you ever feel like life is just passing you by? You spend so much time running from the past, and looking towards the future, that you’ve forgotten how to enjoy the present? Life is precious. In a blink of an eye, that baby that fit so perfectly in your arms, is now graduating high school with a whole journey ahead. You look in the mirror and for the first time you see the laugh lines and wrinkles, and remember the last time you laughed so hard your belly hurt. We talk about living out our story, about writing our own chapters, pages, and sentences, yet; we fail to stop and take the time to actually read what we are writing…to let the joy, the love, the pain that fills each page, seethe into our souls so that we can embrace each moment that makes up our stories.

Living in the present, is a skill that is so often desired, and yet so rarely achieved. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Take in the oxygen that fills our lungs and gives us l ...

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  • Presence
  • Story

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  • breathing
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