Just Winging It?

I recently read a very interesting post by Oliver Burkeman in the Guardian called “Everyone is Just Totally Winging It“, which tells one of the basic truths of life. We are all just doing our best. Pretty much no-one actually feels like a fully competent adult who is confident all the time that they are…

New Year, New Options

I’m happy to say that Creative Solutions can now accept credit cards for payment (VISA, Mastercard, etc). This is great news because it makes distance counselling much more possible. In the new year, I will be able to work with you wherever you are via Skype. There will be some policies and processes to protect…

Holiday Cheer?

This morning I jokingly suggested that I should offer a half-price Holiday special. Unload your Holiday stress for only $50. I could offer one session of complaining about your in-laws, or figuring out how to deal with having the whole family in one house. I must admit that I chuckled a little at the idea.…

Focussing on Solutions

I know, it seems like half the businesses that started in the last 10 years include the word “Solutions” in their name. But I didn’t choose Creative Solutions to be trendy. I chose it for two very good reasons. 1. It reflects who I am and what I have to offer. I am an out-of-the-box…

Novemberness

It is that time of year again, when the rains have begun (or the first layer of snow has already settled), and the clocks have changed, and it seems to be dark all the time. The news lately has been more than usually disturbing, with attacks on soldiers at home, and the fall from grace…

Sad for a Reason

“My sadness was a form of protest and I wasn’t ready to surrender.” -Lorrie Spinney My dear friend Lorrie wrote these words in a great blog posting about joy, and they really struck me. I ended up with many questions about this idea. Not answers, but maybe you have those. We all know that things…

On being an Understanding Parent

I was recently reminded of how much I have always loved the story of Ferdinand the Bull, by Munro Leaf. In case you never have had the pleasure of reading it, it is a fable about a bull that liked to sit “just quietly” and smell the flowers. He was disrespected by all the other…

Why Isn’t this working? (Part 2) Say What You Mean

 A child’s mind develops in a miraculous, but predictable sequence. The newborn swimming through a world of random sensations eventually becomes a fully rational adult. And, between those points in time, the child’s mind is a unique place. They live, up until the time of the “9 year old change” (to be discussed another day)…