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Five Steps to Stop Jealousy

Stop Being Jealous

The idea of overcoming jealousy may seem daunting to many of us.  When you are caught up in the emotions and insecurities jealousy brings you can feel powerless against it's riptide.  But just like ocean swimming- with some intention action and training, you can learn to ride the waves with skill.

First, acknowledge the jealousy that is present- honestly.


Before you can begin to get past your jealousy, you need to admit that it's a real problem that is keeping you from loving healthy relationships and self-love.  Jealously can be truly debilitating. Take this quiz to determine if jealousy is a problem in your life.

Then, reflect on your jealousy.


If you’re going to really change the way jealousy shows up in your life, you have to understand why you are having these feelings to begin with. What kind of jealousy is showing up for you?

Most importantly, focus on self-improvement. 


If you’re a chronically jealous person, chances are you are experiencing insecurity-  you don’t think highly of yourself and get caught up comparing yourself to others you admire.  It's time to work on making yourself into a person who has no reason to be jealous because you're so happy with who you are.

Practice gratitude.


When scarcity and fear visit, they are often protecting the things that matter most to us.  Their greatest antidote is gratitude.  Remind yourself that you're lucky just to be alive,a nd turn your energy to the greatness all around you.

Friendship Lessons: Secrets of Lifelong Friends

long term friendship

Today is the birthday of one of my longest best friends, Kate.  We've been friends for twenty five years this fall, which is saying something, since we are only in our mid-thirties.  She has taught me so many lessons about life and friendship, I have been telling her I could write a blog about her for some time.

Lesson 1: Friendship Takes Work


It's true, friendship takes work- but it doesn't have to be hard work.  Even though we knew each other in high school, our friendship has been deepest since we left for college.  In the course of our best friendship, we have only lived within 2000 miles (Seattle and Denver) of each other for a few years.

I am not naturally gifted in cultivating long-distance connection, but Kate has graciously taught me how to be loving miles apart.  The "work' of this friendship comes in the form of hand written letters and cards, and mixed tapes (now mp3 playlists) sent with thought and intention.  Kates letters are magnificent- I have never seen one that compares- each one filled with scraps from life, poems, quotes, and clipped magazine articles she gathers thinking of me.

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