Therapists Spill: 12 Ways to Accept Yourself | Psych Central

Many of my clients struggle with self-acceptance and other issues of self-worth.  This is a good read to help you be a better friend to yourself.

via Therapists Spill: 12 Ways to Accept Yourself | Psych Central

Becoming a Morning Person


Punctuality, particularly first thing in the morning, has never been my strongest suit.  I’m such a motivated person throughout the day, and that fire can stay strong well into the evening hours when I should be winding down; then getting up and running in the morning is hell.  I read this fantastic article from Foundr about some important tips for getting better sleep, which makes mornings a bit more bearable.  These are tools I’d teach to clients in therapy and they’re proven to help.

The gist is:

  • Make yourself a to-do list for tomorrow
  • Adjust your mindset and think differently about mornings
  • Don’t use your phone (tablet/computer/whatever else) before bed (you can read more about the harmful effects of the blue light they omit in this Harvard article)
  • Have a routine to help yourself turn down and cue your body for sleep

They also threw in some #neuroscience and a link for these awesome morning oat recipes!  So basically you must check out this fantastic article and get on track to have more productive and stress-free mornings.

photo credit: realsimple

More Research Supporting Cheat Meals :)



This article is just a little more science behind why having a “cheat meal” will help you reach your fitness goals all the same.

PsychCentral 12 Ways to Accept Yourself

Many clients who struggle with abusing substances also struggle with diminished self-worth and self-acceptance.   Here’s a great article from PsychCentral to work on self-acceptance.  Even those with a healthy sense of self can benefit from a few of these steps–check it out.

Therapists Spill: 12 Ways to Accept Yourself

CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition

Some really amazing things can be done with a camera: Winners of the 2015 Urban Photography Competition Shine a Light on Diverse Urban Life Around the World

My Famous Nantucket Cranberry Pie

I found this recipe before Thanksgiving and it got so many requests I made more for Christmas.  This crust-less pie has a sweet cake-like batter that compliments the tart cranberries.  You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking, but following the recipe to a T was a great crowd-pleaser at all of my holiday parties this year.


Prep time: 20 min. | Cook time: 40-45 min. | Total: about 1 hour


  • 1 tablespoon + ¾ cup butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 bag (12 oz, about 3 cups) frozen whole cranberries, slightly thawed (about 15 min or more)
  • 1 and ½ cup granulated sugar (separated)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 sprinkle of decorative, raw, or coarse sugar
  • optional: whipped cream or ice cream for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 350°
  • Grease a 9″ pie plate with 1 TBSP melted butter
  • Spread the cranberries in the bottom of the pan and cover with ½ cup sugar
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, ¾ cup melted butter, sugar, flour, salt, walnuts, vanilla and almond extracts, and orange zest
  • Spread batter over pan of cranberries using a spatula or your wet fingers and sprinkle raw sugar
  • Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes (insert fork, it’s done when it comes out clean)
  • Serve warm or at room temperature, optional: top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

My slight variation came from: