Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  May your family, friends, and you have a happy holiday full of thanks for health, happiness, and love. This year, I am thankful to celebrate the holiday with family, the blessings of health, the ability to do something I love with such wonderful clients and professional contacts, and, as always, for stretchy pants and a husband who cooks the tur...
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Be Nice to Someone – That Will Make It Easier to Be Nice to Them Again

Ben Franklin famously said that, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.”  This statement reflects the Ben Franklin effect – the idea that you are more likely to do a favor in the future for someone who you have done a favor for in the past, even more so than if they had done a favor for you. When bo...
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Put Pen to Paper – The Power of Handwritten Notes

I write notes a lot – birthday cards, thank you notes, postcards, “thinking of you” check ins, etc. – and I handwrite them (at least most of the time).  From time to time, stories hit pop culture news about the dying art of handwriting and the demise of the written letter.   From a family history perspective, saved handwritten notes and letters can provide an informa...
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Work-Life Balance

We look at other people and see them having it all and we wonder how they do it.  You see the parents who go to every school play, but also have very successful careers – how do they balance all of that?  Is work-life balance possible – or will one thing always require more time, effort, etc. than the other?  Are there tips and tricks you can do to help you achieve a better bal...
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Sidestepping Family Drama This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving next week, family gatherings for the holiday season are about to be in full swing.  If your holidays are less Norman Rockwell and more Clark Griswold, you aren’t alone.  A psychologist who has studied family relationships found that 75% of his sample population reported at least one family member who drove them crazy and, chances are, you have someone in your ...
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Grieving Outlasts Condolences

Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows that the grieving process can be a tricky thing.  Grief can ebb and flow with little rhyme or reason. What people may not realize is that the loss of a loved one, and the personal ramifications, can last for years after the actual death.  In addition to the loss of the person, there is also often a loss of the support sys...
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A Month into Oregon’s New Distracted Driving Law

It has been a little over a month since Oregon’s new distracted driving law took effect.  Many local police departments have been giving drivers warnings, but any grace period is coming to an end. To get caught up on the law, click HERE to check out an informational video from the Beaverton Police Department. You can also click HERE to read a quick summary of the highligh...
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Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a spooky Halloween – hopefully full of more treats than tricks! For those with children hitting the candy hunt tonight, here are some quick safety tips: Use a buddy system or go as part of a group. Make sure that children, particularly small ones, aren’t carrying props that are sharp (like swords, canes, or sticks). Stay on sidewalks, use crosswalks, a...
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ICYMI: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys – Trying to Keep Perspective

Not my circus, not my monkeys is often attributed as a Polish proverb.  I don’t know whether that is true or not, but I do know that I repeat that phrase in my head multiple times a day (especially on the hard days). When you are working with people in difficult and sensitive circumstances, it is very easy to fall into mirroring their emotions and getting caught up in their ...
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Distracted Driving Law Goes Into Effect Next Week

Oregon’s new distracted driving law goes into effect on October 1, 2017, which will make it easier for police to cite drivers who are using cellphones (and other electronic devices) behind the wheel.  Drivers will be prohibited from using any phone functions that require holding the device or touching it for more than a single swipe or press of a button. Here are some quick ...
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