Every day I have the privilege of witnessing my clients’ bravery in session. Every day when I read my Freshly Pressed and the other blogs I follow with my morning cup of coffee I am in awe of the vulnerability and bravery people write with. And every day, I choose to live, write and love with …

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Being a mental health therapist means I have the personality, training and education for empathy. I live every minute of my life, personally and professionally, having almost too much empathy a lot of the time. The older I get the more I wish I had been warned of this hazard of my field in graduate …

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Sandwiched in the third row seat, between 11 year old Nathan and 5 year old Lyla, on our way to Monster Jam and Disney on Ice, respectively, she catches me off guard with her 5 year old curious love. “You’re like our family, but not our family, but still family,” she says while looking up …

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EVER UPWARD: Owning My Childfree Life in Our Child Obsessed World by Justine Brooks Froelker, LPC “Why don’t you just adopt?” The ever present, innocent, and well meaning question everyone asks when they learn of my motherhood status and how I got here. Yet, to those of us 1 in 8 couples who undergo infertility …

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I feel intense, heart growing, soul expanding, unconditional joyful love… every time I enter a room and their nub tails wag with anticipation before they are invited to greet me. every time she cuddles her head on my neck. every time she tilts her head in her understanding of my human words. every time she …

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A defining moment for me in this Ever Upward journey was during Elizabeth Gilbert’s keynote speech at the Emerging Women Live 2013 Conference in Boulder. She told her story of how she first lost three other versions of her current bestselling novel The Signature of All Things before finding what is the magic on bookshelves …

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