personal growth

Clock surrounded by winter decor to symbolize the new year, and a new years resolution 2024 check list reading "slow down".

New Year New Way to Health and Wellness

By Linda Wilcox / January 15, 2024

January 2024 | Wellness Connections By Linda Wilcox “What we think, feel, and believe about the physical body informs how we live in and through the body.”-Cultivate Well This time of year, the promises of quick fixes and fad diets are plenty and seem to come and go as quickly as our New Year’s Resolutions.…

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A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / November 15, 2023

As a substance abuse counselor, I’ve heard it all. I’ve heard every excuse and defense under the sun in defense of an addictive behavior or that someone is not addicted to something, or someone. What I have learned in my career so far, and in my own journey of recovery, is that people find something that helps them feel good or better, and whether it is healthy or not, they will use it repeatedly and will be reluctant to ever admit that they may be addicted to it.

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Marijuana leaves with the text "If God Made Marijuana" over the image.

A New Take On Life

By Jessica Pottorff / October 10, 2023

With National Recovery Month behind us, let us not lose our momentum in the fight against addiction. In July we talked about the concept of being “California Sober, ” and this month I want to continue that conversation and address another interesting argument in favor of the use of Marijuana that I have been encountering more often…Christian’s and THC.

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The word "SUMMER" in fun, colorful letters with the U as an illustration of a cup of lemonade, and summer activities surrounding the word, including sunglasses, a beach ball, flowers, flipflops, and a ladybug.

The Perfect Way to Wrap Up Summer

By Linda Wilcox / August 18, 2023

August is National Wellness Month, making it the perfect time to focus on caring for you and yours with healthy routines. Incorporating small changes and wholesome habits into your daily routine all month long is the perfect way to wrap up summer and impact your health in positive ways.

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Financial Wellness

By Linda Wilcox / April 18, 2023

Money may be a little more on everyone’s minds this month with Tax Day right in the middle of April. Just like the need to eat and sleep, money is a piece of our everyday lives that plays a role in our overall wellness. Wellness is more than just physical health – it is multi-dimensional including physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social, occupational, and financial health. Each area is interdependent and influenced by the others. When one area is out of balance or not working well, the other areas are affected, and all are vital for optimal health and well-being.

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“Let thy food be thy medicine.” (Hippocrates)

By Linda Wilcox / March 20, 2023

National Nutrition Month is celebrated this month to bring awareness to the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits. In our everyday world we are overrun by messages surrounding diet, weight loss, and ideals of how our bodies should or shouldn’t look, which foods are good/bad/or even super, and what our relationship with food should be. All these complicated messages can leave us feeling confused, guilty, and ashamed of ourselves, our will power, and our bodies. Food and our relationship to it doesn’t have to be this complicated. Discovering all of the ways food can and does fuel and nourish our bodies can lead to a healthier perspective and relationship with food and fuel our future healthy selves.

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Kiss me, I’m Sober!

By Jessica Pottorff / March 18, 2023

Why do we drink on St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick was born in the fifth century in Roman Britain. When he was 16 he was captured and brought to Ireland, where he was enslaved for six year. Eventually, he escaped back to Britain, where he became a priest and years later, he went back to Ireland and brought Christianity to the region with him. He passed away on March 17th , 461, and Voila!, the date became St. Patrick’s Day. Legend says that Saint Patrick liked to have a drink from time to time- but funnily enough, that’s not the reason people drink on this holiday. Instead, it’s because the celebration falls in the middle of Lent, a 40-day period when Christians focus on charity, fasting, and prayer. Lent’s restrictions are suspended for St. Patrick’s Day, so people have historically eaten (and drank) to their heart’s content to celebrate the holiday.

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23 Spiritual Books

23 Books for Spiritual Growth

By New Life Counseling / May 9, 2022

To live a life like Jesus, we have a lot of learning to do. We get so engulfed by our day-to-day lives that we often push our goals aside and get stuck living out each day the same as the last. To learn to live like Jesus, we need to work on our spiritual growth.…

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18 Growth and Fulfillment Books

18 Uplifting Books About Personal Growth

By New Life Counseling / May 9, 2022

Personal growth is so important: Are you an over-thinker? Are you afraid to step out of your comfort zone? Do you feel like you’re stuck in life? Do you feel burnt out? Time for some change! Time to change your mindset. Time to learn how to find meaning, to lead, to be bold, to be…

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10 Trauma books

10 Powerful Books About Healing from Trauma

By New Life Counseling / May 9, 2022

We are all impacted by past experiences and memories, and some may have major traumas and others small setbacks. Whatever your experience, it can take a lot of courage to heal. Trauma is not an easy thing to overcome. These 10 powerful books about different types of trauma will hopefully shine a little light on…

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