Category Archives: Health & Wellness

De-escalate Divorce During the Holidays

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By Lisa Brick

This is the Holiday Season, the season that bombards us with songs of peace on earth and goodwill to humanity and images of happy, laughing families and perfect gifts to buy and receive. Rather than being able to retreat to a cave to figure yourself out and how you got where you are, you’re thrown into planning and appearing in social situations where conversations can go from neutral to crucial in the blink of an eye, destroying anything enjoyable.

This season can be different because you can be different.   Continue reading

musings of a recovering perfectionist

Musings of a Recovering Perfectionist

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By Karen McMahon

Perfectionism and divorce are a lethal combination.  We begin with an impossible task.  We are going to do this divorce thing right…the best…unfaltering.  What does that even mean?!

  • Make the best decisions
  • Handle everyone’s reaction perfectly
  • Say the right thing
  • Do the right thing…always
  • Pick the best attorney and expect perfection from him/her.
  • Negotiate the best deal
  • Be the perfect STBX…the perfect divorcing parent
    • no arguing,
    • no ‘bad’ choices,
    • no hurtful words spoken

OMG…as if divorce is not hard enough!!  We, the proud perfectionists of the world, will do this thing perfectly! Continue reading

Connecting Time : The 7th Practice for Creating a Life You Love Post Divorce

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By Lisa Brick


The way our culture and technology have developed it is possible and easy to spend days face to face with our smart machines indoors.  While we connect with people digitally, on phone, facebook, through pictures and video, there is an increasing tendency to move through our days with our headphones on, viewing small, medium, and large screens while avoiding eye contact or communion with the environment or the actual living, breathing human beings around us. Connecting Time, the sixth of the wellness practices we’ve been exploring, is an antidote to isolation and alienation. Continue reading

My Ideal Life

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By Patty, a JBD Client

I asked a good friend of mine if she had a good day last Friday and she replied ‘it was okay, I’ll forget it’…and that got me thinking. I want ALL my days to count. No more going through the motions, day in and day out, spending my time doing life-draining tasks because I think I have to, working towards an end that I am not even really invested in or excited about.

Okay, back to what I DO want. I want to feel free. Free to be who I am, authentic in each moment, and discovering more about what that means each day. I would like to wake up in the morning and create my day, inspired by my environment, surrounded by nature, a loving environment that reflects who I am, places I’ve been, people I love, and of course, the pets I adore. I have 5 kitties and 2 that live outside that I absolutely love and are such a joy in my life. Continue reading

Unearth Your Deepest Desires: An exercise in heart-centered new beginnings

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By Karen McMahon

During my years of coaching I have been fascinated at how often as adults we forget how to dream.  When asked what their ideal is where a job, relationship, home or life, clients more often than not, “I don’t know”.  When we dig deeper, most discuss what they don’t want and that is what they focus on.  When our attention is focused on the very thing we don’t want, we unconsciously manifest it.


What We Appreciate Appreciates!  What we focus our attention on grows! Continue reading

An Antidote to Divorce Depression!

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By: Lisa Brick


While navigating divorce there is a strong tendency to ruminate on what went wrong, why your marriage failed, who’s to blame, what you or your spouse could or should have done differently, etc. it doesn’t help. It leads to depression. It hurts you and your family.

There is immense value in investing a small portion of your attention in becoming mindful of the part you played in the dissolution of your marriage and discovering the distinctions of relationship which allow you to create and enjoy sustainability rewarding relationships now and in the future.

Coaching is an invaluable tool for investing less of your energy in reflection and reaping much greater rewards as insights flood your awareness resulting in actions that transform you into an appreciative and fulfilled human being! It’s possible and can happen sooner than you imagine.

So what will you do with the time you used to spend ruminating ad-nauseum? Check out our series of articles on Creating an Awesome Life and read this article from The Washington Post on the positive effects of getting yourself out into nature below:

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Physical Time – One of Seven Practices to Build an Awesome Life

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By: Lisa Brick


“Moving your body grows your brain.”  – Daniel J. Siegel, MD

It’s as simple as the statement above.  Physical stimulation, both passive and active, supports creativity, mental and physical health, happiness, and brain growth.   Exposing yourself to new physical experiences, learning new skills, practicing and refining existing skills, expanding your capabilities ever so gently from wherever you are now, results in your brain releasing certain neurohormones.  These neurohormones  support your brain in laying down new neural networks. The laying down of new neural networks is how your brain stays healthy and grows!

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Creating An Online Profile: Sharing Who You Are With The World

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By: Karen McMahon


Writing a profile can be uncomfortable

What can I say about myself that is unique and interesting? I don’t want to appear boastful, complicated or have a generic profile.  Having fun with it and making it a ‘want to’ rather than a ‘have to’, will make a huge difference.  How do you do that when you feel intimidated and resistant? Continue reading

7 Secrets to Self-Care

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By Lisa Brick


YOU are the kingpin of your life, the main axle, the engine, the foundation…not a significant other, not your kids, not your parents, not your relatives, and not your friends. YOU are the most important person in your life and therefore the primary person to maintain yourself well.  The 7 Secrets of self-care can be seen as seven practices which will support you in creating the life you’ve identified and  desire for yourself. Continue reading

Yoga Part XII: Every Moment of Every Day

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What a joy it has been to spend the last 12 weeks with you, sharing my love of Yoga and it’s foundational principles.  All this time, as you sat at the computer and read along with me, you were doing yoga!

The beauty of this ancient practice is you can do it all the time.  And the more you do it, the more limber your body, mind and breath become.

There are many misunderstandings about the practice and many false thoughts, like you need to be in shape before you begin yoga or you have to be a contortionist in order to do yoga.  None of this is true.  Yoga is a simple and beautiful practice that is available to both women and men of all shapes & sizes.  It’s great for anyone who wants a little spiritual tune-up.  When you begin with the heart, your tune-up will extend out into the mind and if you choose, right into the body. Continue reading

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