Finding “New Hope”

A large amount of this post was influenced by a sermon I heard a few days ago. The words that Louie Giglio has in his new series, "Hope Has a Name" seems to fit in perfectly with how I see myself in my own practice as a marriage and family therapist associate. I listened to…

Thriving in Conflict

Anyone who knows what I do could probably guess a few things I have to manage on a day to day basis. Encouraging others, instilling hope, empathizing with people though difficult moments, etc. There are many things I enjoy about therapy, but sometimes my life is engrossed in conflict. Hearing about loss, listening to suffering,…

The Whole30®

Over the last 12 days, my wife and I have been asking each other, "Is it Whole30 compliant?" A more common questions is, "Can we eat it?" After a first attempt at Whole30, Jess and I finished (after 12 days) feeling pretty good! The Indianapolis Monumental Half-Marathon unfortunately had us reaching for more foods we…

Emotionally Manly

When you walk into a room with more than 10 people, chances are, 1 of those people will automatically determine what they know about you and what you are about. The way you walk, the way you talk, the clothes you wear and the way you present yourself is all taken into consideration (sometimes). Those…

How to Really Love Our Children

Becoming a parent is undoubtedly the most exciting, most crucial responsibility you may have the privilege of experiencing. When you become a parent, it is the one role that can never be taken away from you. From the time they are born, to the moment they take their first steps, to when they begin their…

Navigating True North: Pursuing a Godly Marriage

Our relationships with those we love are significant in a lot of different ways. Our relationships influence our behavior, personality, our emotions, opinions and convictions. Marriage is a relationship that may be the most important bond we have as human beings and preparing for marriage is important. So why marriage? You may be pondering marriage,…

2015 – A Time for Change

We all know they are coming. The plans, promises, mindsets, and determinations. The kind of confidence and perseverance that floods the gym and make snack food sales dwindle down (slightly). New shoes, new clothes, this is the year for the "new me." Whether you plan on losing weight, becoming a healthier person or you have…

Mindful Relationship

I asked a good friend months before both of our weddings, "When you get married... you think it'll be different?" He responded, "It will be for you." In the time that I have been married, things have changed. It seems like my work days are longer and time with my wife is shorter. Every opportunity…

This Grace

My wife and I were able to get a pretty good jump on our Christmas shopping this year. We really focused on our sentimental side and took our time picking out each gift for our family and friends. Jess and I reflected on how exciting it has been to be able to afford gifts for…

Over Exhaustion

I am going to guess that 60 percent of the people that read this post at one point today said, "Man... I am tired," or at least something along those lines. I often have days where I am completely physically, mentally and emotionally drained at the end of the day. Depending on your line of…