Spirit House

Tending to the Soul
In each issue of Women, we look for inspirational people and practices that will highlight the way different women care for their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. “Spirit House” might include profiles of inspiring nonprofit organizations, features describing various spiritual practices, instructions for creating sacred spaces or healing gardens, advice from a life coach, or personal stories of spiritual journeys. Throughout “Spirit House,” it is our hope that women will take a moment to remember the value of caring for their emotional and spiritual selves as they care for their physical bodies.

Pivot Toward the Positive

Responding to a negative attitude by asking a simple question might yield surprising results. By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM My father is 90 years old, drives a car, and lives independently. As a World War II veteran and someone who lived through the Great Depression—  among other significant experiences—he has strong opinions. He […]

The Power in the Pivot

Rewriting your personal narrative at midlife takes courage, but the rewards are worth the challenge. By Gay Kenney Browne The desire to make a piv­ot in one’s life can be in­spired by a wide variety of experiences and emotions. For many of us, the ability to take that first step toward a new direc­tion—to try […]

Life Coach: What Can You Learn from a Lobster?

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM A lobster? Really? Hang in with me here. We’re going to get somewhere with this. LOBSTERS NEVER STOP GROWING. They spend their lives in a continual cycle of developing and shedding their hard, inflexible shell to accommodate their expanding size. At each stage of growth, when they shed […]

Finding Balance: From Virtual Reality to Actual Reality

Help your kids move away from the screen and immerse themselves in their tangible surroundings to thrive. By Sarah Shaw Lopano, MED, BCBA I don’t know a single parent who doesn’t want to see their child fully engaged and moti­vated to embrace life. For some that goal may be aca­demic excellence or a lofty career […]

7 Ways Gardening Is an Exercise in Mindfulness

By Martha Brettschneider Have you ever wondered why your first glimpse of a patch of crocuses each spring elicits happiness? Whether or not we have a garden of our own, something in our DNA draws us to flowers. The connec­tion goes beyond appreciating the surface beauty of the blossom. The very act of connecting with […]

Writing the Narrative of Illness

The practice of writing can be a valuable therapeutic tool in the face of illness and trauma. By Judith Hannan We are made up of stories. The stories we tell ourselves be­come who we are. We are certain they are true and permanent. Then we are hit with moments that force us to change our […]

Compliments: Accept the Gift with Grace

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Why is it so hard to listen to nice things about yourself? It seems like it should be so easy—and enjoyable—but many of us react to compliments in ways that reflect our difficulty in accepting and internalizing these positive messages. For many women this difficulty accepting praise can […]

Finding Balance: Scenes from a Family

For many women, juggling professional success and family life presents challenges. Bringing home the skills that serve you in the workplace might just help you organize your life at home. By Sarah Shaw, MEd, BCBA It’s 6 P.M. and you’re on your way home from work, still reveling in the glory of your knock-out presentation, […]

Just Bee

A Stage IV cancer diagnosis wasn’t enough to derail one survivor’s dream to follow her passion. By Diana Price When you envision your dream career—the job that would allow you to fully indulge your passions, that thing that would truly make your soul sing—what do you see? Are you in that role now? Or, like […]

Find Your Road to Relaxation

By Denise King Gillingham, LMSW, ACC, CPM Relaxing sounds easy, doesn’t it? Sit down, put your feet up, and decompress. And the incentive to relax is certainly there: current studies are consistently circulating through our news feeds about the negative impact that stress can have on our physical and psychological well-being. But the reality is […]