By: karengray | December 03, 2018

There are so many things that I love about this time of year. I love the way that we all get hunkered down for the winter. Homes seem to get cozier, trips to another town seem more special, and it seems like we check in on each other more. This is the time of the year that I start to take inventory of what I have accomplished in the last 12 months. I also look at what I am still lacking in, and what I can do about that. And once I have a pretty good idea of where I have been, and where I still need to go, then I start making a plan for the year ahead.

In the year ahead I want to do more. I want to attend more events, go to more educational seminars, and continue to build this flourishing hypnosis practice. I want to goof off less. I want to ...

By: karengray | July 09, 2018

“Such self-control!" Julie's friends exclaim when she declines a taste of the double chocolate truffle cheesecake. She enjoys the compliment until midnight -- when she sneaks downstairs and polishes off the last three slices.

"Just a few miles!" Becca tells herself as she puts on her sweats for a morning run. But instead she spends her exercise hour with a latte and muffin - and spends the rest of the day feeling guilty.

"This is my last cigarette!" announces Tom proudly, lighting up in the designated smoking area, at the far end of the parking lot - even though, as a graduate of three smoking-cessation courses, he knows that he can't trust his own words.

Nothing makes us feel worse about ourselves than when we experie...

Category: Self Care 

Tags: life, willpower, success 

By: karengray | September 27, 2017

I am not sure about anyone else, but I could easily get overwhelmed by the things happening in our world today. And if you factor in the everyday events of being a single mom and business owner, with Winter and the holidays right around the corner, and it is the perfect recipe for a complete melt down.

There is so much going on in our world now, and taking care of ourselves can sometimes fall off our schedules entirely. While we can all justify not taking time for self-care, because we are so busy taking care of everyone else, we fail to see the importance of the Self in that equation.

Something that I often share with my clients is “The Oxygen Mask” theory. If you have ever flown on a commercial airplane, you have heard the flight attendants...

Category: Self Care 

Tags: stress, breathing, relief, life