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Puppies and Perceived Threats

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Ashley Rainey, Counseling, Fear, Trauma | 0 comments

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.” -Marcus Aurelius      A few months ago, I was traveling to visit a good friend and was in the airport. Waiting to board my plane, a nice man and his dog walk toward me. They sat right beside me. For me, this is the equivalent to winning the lottery.    Immediately, I internally feel, “thank you Universe, you know I want to love on a...

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Growth Spurts

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Ashley Rainey, Vulnerability | Comments Off on Growth Spurts

“You can’t change the waves, but you can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Let’s take a minute to reflect on growth spurts. Not the physical kind that teens and babies experience, but the kind that completely changes our current way of understanding and meaning of life. Have you ever read a simple sentence, heard a comment, reflected on a quote, gained insight that completely changed you? Some of these growth spurts we welcome with open arms and excitement. The growth spurt I personally gained from the quote above by...

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This Holiday Season…

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Ashley Rainey, Counseling | Comments Off on This Holiday Season…

I went to a store on Halloween this year and the presence of Halloween was gone. No trace of orange, no markdowns, nothing. This store had the feel of early December, which quickly got me excited to decorate for the end of year holidays. I made a comment to a loved one about the idea of decorating early and the response was, “We cannot do that! It would be like skipping Thanksgiving.” When we have loved ones coming around to decorate, celebrate, and create new experiences, it can be a very...

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