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AUGUST—It’s All About Our Girlfriends!

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Did you know that August 1 is National Girlfriends Day, or that August is National Girlfriends Month? Yep, it’s true!  This is the month we focus on what it means to share connections with other women.  Why is that so important?  Because our health, happiness, and our longevity as women depend on it!

 

When was the last time you planned a girlfriend meetup and actually spent time laughing, sharing, and feeling connected?   How long has it been since you sent a card, letter, or even a little gift in the mail to your gal pal just because you wanted her to feel special and loved?

 

Despite the myriad methods technology provides us today, research studies are finding we are  feeling more alone and disconnected than ever!  So what is going on with this?  Most likely, the reasons are multifaceted, but one of the danger zones seems to be created when we allow social media to replace real-life connections in real time.

 

The Downside of Social Media

Social media is a wonderful way to enhance our connections, but we must be cautious not to allow them to become the only way we connect with people. Talking on the phone, Skyping or Facetiming provide important elements of communication, but we still get the most benefit from being in touch face to face!  The physical and emotional health benefits from in-person meet ups cannot be matched.

 

The chemical releases from talking together, hugging, and touching help improve our moods and decrease cortisol levels, helping lower our stress levels and ultimately protect our coronary arteries.  Research at Brigham Young University in 2010 found that feeling disconnected is twice as dangerous as obesity.  They also concluded that having supportive and connected friendships improves our odds of survival by 50 percent.

 

So this August, how will you choose to spend time with your girlfriends?   Will you grab your calendars and deliberately plan some lunch or dinner meet ups with your tribe?  Can you make a commitment to improving your health by increasing your face-to-face time with your besties?   What does the research tell us you gain from your efforts?  Clearly, a happier, healthier, and most importantly, LONGER LIFE!  Who doesn’t want to sign up for that?

 

How I celebrated National Girlfriends Day

I celebrated National Girlfriends Day on August 1, by appearing on Houston’s Great Day Houston show with host Deborah Duncan to share the message of my new book,“The Healing Power of Girlfriends,” followed by a sunset cruise with more than thirty ladies on the FantaSea yacht charter on Galveston Bay, followed by dinner at the Kemah Boardwalk.  I will be spending the month of August planning and sharing special in-person times with my tribe!  My life depends on it, and so does yours!

 

Did you miss Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan on CBS-KHOU TV?   Here’s the link:  https://www.khou.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-houston/the-healing-power-of-girlfriends/285-43968d16-b6c5-4c79-96d0-8ca23ee2f21a?jwsource=em

 

Cheers to our Girlfriends! Celebrate with yours in August and begin a new healthier lifestyle habit!

 

Big hugs and Blessings, Deborah

 

“Nourish to Flourish”

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Many of us are walking around with our “tanks” on empty these days! We are the kings and queens of multi-tasking and we are pretty skilled at keeping a dozen or so balls in the air at any given moment! We all live on the treadmill called “life” and we don’t feel normal unless we are going forward at full speed! The problem with all of this is that we rarely slow down enough to really get a perspective of what is actually going on. Sometimes the first clue that we are getting burned out or are emotionally or physically exhausted, is after we have a meltdown, get sick, or begin to experience relationship issues in our lives.

This pattern is especially familiar to women in our culture who go through life balancing children, marriages, jobs, community service, and running households, just to name a few!   Over time, these ladies begin to suffer “battle fatigue” and start to exhibit signs of duress, stress, and distress!   They are successful at meeting every one’s needs and are very adept at wearing many hats at the same time and pulling it off extremely well!   But, this usually comes with a cost–of not taking care of her own needs and prioritizing her own physical and emotional health.

That is why taking the time to get away, recharge the battery, refresh the soul, and spend some time finding our center again is so critical!

If you have not spent time recharging your battery recently and you feel tapped out, and like your “pitcher of life” has nothing left to pour out, then it is time to join us for TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE –BY THE SEA — “Nourish to Flourish” women’s seminar in Galveston, Texas.

We will be meeting at the beautiful San Luis Resort and Spa on the seawall in Galveston on January 25-27, 2013.  Please join us for a fun weekend of relaxation and rejuvenation and learn new skills and tools to help create your own personal path to flourishing, as well as an environment that promotes your flourishing.  YOU ARE WORTH IT!!

Seminar is being given by Deborah Olson, M.A. Licensed Professional Counselor, and Ellen Delap, Certified Professional Organizer.

 

Take Back Your Life–NOW!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Is your tank on “empty” these days?  Do you feel like you are consumed with meeting everyones’ needs while putting your own needs on the back burner?  Do you want to be more productive and organized with the time and space you have?   Is it time to get a “lifestyle makeover?”  Do you long to find some inner peace again on this treadmill called “life?”

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then it is time for you to “TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE!”  We live in a fast-paced and ever changing world that requires us to keep moving, keep adapting, and keep up!   As women, we juggle it all and pride ourselves in being adept at multi-tasking!   For many of us, our time belongs to everything and everyone else, except us.   We tend to our own  families, our extended families, jobs, volunteer commitments, church commitments, etc. and then one day we suddenly look in the mirror and realize, “I don’t know ME anymore!”    If you feel that you have “lost yourself” somehow on this journey of life, then it might be time to begin that road to reclaim “you” again!

Take time for YOU and make yourself a priority today!  Start that road back to YOU again and learn how to infuse your life with new passion, purpose, direction, and organization.    Take a day to attend this life-changing seminar and begin the journey to rediscover and redefine yourself!  Spend the day with Deborah Olson, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Ellen Delap, Certified Professional Organizer and learn new strategies to reconnect with your soul, define your goals and boundaries, and declutter your life and home to make time for what is important to YOU!

Call or email Deborah or Ellen today to register and reserve your seat in this one-day seminar at The Veranda in Kingwood, Texas on Thursday, March 24, 2011.

Galleria Counseling & Consulting– 713-968-9892

email: kwcounseling@earthlink.net

Ellen Delap–Certified Professional Organizer–281-360-7014

email:  edelap@professional-organizer.com

Make An Appointment

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment - email Ms. Olson.