Are You (fill in the blank) Right Now? And How to Work Through Your Anger

Are you feeling angry right now? You know, upset, mad, or ticked off? Or maybe you are a little more than that . . . like irate, infuriated, incensed, or livid? Did someone just push the right buttons today that made your blood boil? Are you feeling frustrated with anything or anyone? Because you can’t… Continue reading Are You (fill in the blank) Right Now? And How to Work Through Your Anger

A Ruined Funeral and How I Fixed It

Have you ever had an important event ruined because you were angered by someone? I have. Were you able to work through that anger? I am remembering the funeral for my grandfather a few months ago and how I observed many things—about how people grieve differently, about how not dealing with current emotions contributes to… Continue reading A Ruined Funeral and How I Fixed It

Even a Third Grader Can Do It

My third grader came home yesterday in a great mood. She was so pleasant and excited. They had made bat caves at school, and she said, “It was the best day ever.” So I was very perplexed when, a few hours later, she was very grouchy and grumpy after going to the store with her… Continue reading Even a Third Grader Can Do It

Annoyed with Renters–And What it Really Means

Lately, my parents have been talking about serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This usually means eighteen months, away from home, serving, teaching, and helping all of God’s children. The discussion recently has been about what to do with their home while they are away. At first, my… Continue reading Annoyed with Renters–And What it Really Means

3 Steps to Helping Children in their Emotions

How do I help my kids in their emotions? This has been an epic journey for me. Not epic in a sense of heroic, but epic in the sense of incredibly-long-and-exhausting. Along that journey were sleepless nights, tears of pain, and many, many questions. And more and more, I began to recognize that I really… Continue reading 3 Steps to Helping Children in their Emotions

Carrying Emotions (from the Web!)

Last summer, I logged onto the Reddit website and began scanning through some of the forums. I wanted to know what people were doing to help themselves in their emotions. I looked at the sadness forum, the anger section, the anxiety group, and the depression category. I read through quite a few people’s posts and… Continue reading Carrying Emotions (from the Web!)

Using Sugar to Pacify Emotions

We very rarely have candy or sweets in our house. I mean . . . Like. Never. Well, I guess there’s Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July Parade. But other than that, it is usually a rarity in our house. Except for this week. I had a meeting I was in charge of,… Continue reading Using Sugar to Pacify Emotions

Depression, My Friend, and Carrying Emotions

Last Wednesday night was a fun girls night out for me. I gave two friends a ride, and then we met one more lady at the mall to do some pottery painting. It was so fun! And I painted this beauty: But as the night passed, I started to lose steam and by the time… Continue reading Depression, My Friend, and Carrying Emotions

Carrying Emotions and How to Give Them Back

I love the subject of carrying other people’s emotions. And no, I’m not talking about being empathetic and helping others carry their burdens. This topic of carrying other’s emotions is simple and easy. That’s why I love it. Have you ever gone to the store feeling fine, and then come home super grumpy? I have!… Continue reading Carrying Emotions and How to Give Them Back