Let’s face it, so much of what happens to us in life is beyond our control. We can do our best to set ourselves up for a productive, meaningful, and successful life, but there will be times when curveballs... Continue Reading »
Although it has been over 30 years since this near fatal event happened, I can still get in touch with my feelings of helplessness very quickly! In honor of American Heart Month this February, I wanted to share my... Continue Reading »
National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th is time to once again focus on the merits of our neighbor connections! Our lives are much happier and richer walking through life with our connections in our communities. Heartwarming stories... Continue Reading »
When is the last time you can say you witnessed a real live miracle? Or maybe you are in that group of people who are sort of skeptical about the concept and admit that the whole idea of a... Continue Reading »
A few weeks ago, my family experienced the true meaning of the often-heard expression, "life is so fragile". Our 3-month-old grandson was in the Pediatric ICU with a dangerous respiratory virus, RSV, and was fighting for his life with... Continue Reading »
June is "Effective Communication Month" which is a perfect time to pause and examine our current habits and patterns of communication with others.
A few years ago when I conducted my own research on communication between girlfriends, I saw many... Continue Reading »
May is always a month of celebrations—graduations, Mother’s Day, Prom, End of school year honor programs and award ceremonies, and of course, Cinco de Mayo! But did you realize it is also the month of “DATE YOUR MATE” —... Continue Reading »
On this National “MAKE A FRIEND” day I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to my precious ‘new’ friends I met through a posting on our local NEXT DOOR—neighborhood app in 2017. And, a couple months ago this... Continue Reading »
The past year has been unprecedented in every category. It has left us longing for our former lives and the pre-pandemic world we knew as “normal.” And the critical question now is…….how do we get back to our old... Continue Reading »
As 2020 draws to a close we look back on a year that is like nothing in our past memories. A year of suffering, loss, sickness, isolation, loneliness and death. So much hurt, pain and negativity. And yet, if... Continue Reading »
In celebration of Forgiveness Day, today, let’s push the pause button and stop for a moment! Why is it important to practice the art of forgiveness in our lives? What does it accomplish?
Forgiveness is an act we do for... Continue Reading »
Does anyone else feel like they are watching a science fiction movie? The streets show few signs of life, school buses are parked, and empty commercial aircrafts sit idle on runways. Rush hour traffic does not exist in most... Continue Reading »
The support between friends creates a sense of community and we need that more than ever right now.
By Deborah Olson, RN, MA, LPC at Galleria Counseling
The news and media all around us every day are now telling us we... Continue Reading »
I am often asked, "why did you write The Healing Power of Girlfriends?".
A very valid question and definitely one worth asking! Here is a little background on how I came to “give birth” to this playbook for female friendships.
Several... Continue Reading »
People keep talking about the “word” they have picked for 2020 to live by, embrace and put into practice daily. What a great idea that is for us to attach to our daily routines! I have tossed around several... Continue Reading »
Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! How is it possible we are in 2020 already?
As we all say good-bye to 2019 and step into a new year and a new decade, it seems like the perfect time to... Continue Reading »
Research continues to show that we live our healthiest, happiest, and longest lives when we regularly connect with our girlfriends. It has now been proven that living a life of connection is one of the main ingredients to longevity!
As... Continue Reading »
Did you know that August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, or that August is National Girlfriends Month? Yep, it’s true! This is the month we focus on what it means to share connections with other women. Why is that so... Continue Reading »
What better time to celebrate our besties than in the month of June as we all focus on those special gal pals on June 8th —National Best Friends Day!
How have your girlfriends enriched your life and added color to your... Continue Reading »
In my new book on female friendship, THE HEALING POWER OF GIRLFRIENDS: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection, I speak about one of the characteristics of a thriving friendship as sharing in each other’s joys and celebrations. And,... Continue Reading »
So, you want to make some new friends but are just a tad nervous they may disappoint you, or turn out to be high-hassle and not a good fit for your friendship collection. How can you be savvy... Continue Reading »
In my new book, The Healing Power of Girlfriends: How to Create Your Best Life Through Female Connection, just released on March 8th, I share many tools and suggestions for how to navigate the channels of female friendship and glean the... Continue Reading »
I have had the honor and pleasure of spending this past week doing book events in Arizona and my home state of Texas! To say that I have been in awe of the unexpected level of passion and energy... Continue Reading »
We never know how our friends are viewing us, and we should not underestimate our ability to make a positive impact on others.
A few years ago, I was having lunch with one of my dear, longtime girlfriends.
She and I... Continue Reading »
Many of us are still shocked by the recent deaths of two icons by suicide. The news underscores yet again how we do not always know the deep pain people are struggling with in their private worlds. How could... Continue Reading »