Over-Giving

Over-Giving: New Year, New Life Series Opposites attract, as the old saying goes.  European Society of Human Genetics has even found scientific evidence as to why this occurs.  Apparently, if we’re in our child-bearing years, we look for partners who are different from us to expand the genetic building blocks for the benefit of our[…]

Doormat is a Box

NEW YEAR, NEW LIFE SERIES The New Year carries with it the energy of new beginnings. The year is stretched before us fresh, unsullied, untraveled. It’s our unique opportunity to re-evaluate, to try again, to start over with a clean slate. Relationships are often seen through this opportunistic lens at the beginning of a new[…]

Control, Confidence and Closure | 2016 Divorcing Divas Conference

Control, Confidence and Closure | 2016 Divorcing Divas Conference Divorcing Divas provides encouragement, inspiration, and empowerment to women who are considering divorce, getting divorced, or are divorced. Join us for our 8th annual conference! 8:00  –  Registration and Vendor Booths 9:00  –  Continental Breakfast and Opening Remarks 10:00  –  Breakout 1 11:00  –  Breakout 2 12:15  –  Lunch 1:45  –  Breakout 3 2:45  –[…]

Booze and Divorce: A Cautionary Tale

A couple years ago, the Washington Post published a chart that depicts how much alcohol U.S. adults consume.  About a third of all Americans don’t drink at all.  Roughly another third of Americans drink only occasionally – at most, once every two weeks.  And a third of Americans drink moderately to heavily.  (Washington Post/Workblog, “Paying[…]

Constructing a New Plan for Dealing with Difficult People

Constructing a New Plan for Dealing with Difficult People ABOUT Need a new blueprint for dealing with a narcissist, alcoholic, bully or someone whose behavior just makes you want to pull your hair out? Learn strategies for dealing with difficult personalities through this FREE online seminar with expert coach/ therapist, Maren Beckman, and divorce attorney / award-winning author, Suzanne Grandchamp. Pick up tools for[…]

The Wisdom of Separating Fact from Story

I know that a lot of people (including my divorce clients and me), have to be careful about the stories we tell ourselves.  These stories either supplement, or reduce, our own personal power.  They are the basis of our happiness or they scuttle it. Let’s look at an example.  You and your three best friends[…]

Personal Growth & Conscious Relationships

Personal Growth The path of personal growth can be painful at times. The ancient Greek dramatist, Aeschylus, describes it as “wisdom through the awful grace of God.” I would modify this quote slightly for my own purposes to say “wisdom hard won through the awful grace of committed personal growth.” Commitment to one’s personal growth[…]