Suicide is Preventable

In 2010, just two years after September was deemed National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, I (Cherise) led my first suicide prevention training. Based on the discussion during that training, it was apparent that viewing suicide as preventable was a rather new concept. In fact, saying “suicide is a preventable public health matter,” made no sense…

Grief & Loss: Sometimes It Just Hits Different

Around this time in 2020, I, Cherise, wrote of feeling weary. Having dealt with six months of a global pandemic that entailed isolation, collective loss, and traumatic images playing across multiple media outlets… I was tired… weary. Well, 2022 has been another heavy year. This time the yuck hit closer to home. Since late February,…

Self-Sabotage: It’s an Inside Job

It wasn’t until recently that when I, Cherise, really began to look at the notion of self-sabotage, that I realized I may not know as much as I thought I did. In a Facebook group discussion, we were attempting to determine why we felt stuck and not achieving our dreams. The question was asked if…

Solar Powered Wellness

The Sunshine Vitamin Many will attest that there is nothing quite like being outside, head thrown back, with eyes closed as the sun pours over our bodies. Over the past 20 years or so, we have been constantly warned about the ill-effects of too much sun. I now wonder if our heeding those warnings have…

July is Fibroid Awareness Month

Cherise’s Story It was either late 2002 or early 2003 when I learned I had a uterine fibroid. I went to the doctor about the heavy bleeding and bad cramps I suffered monthly. I remember it clearly, the doctor said, “Oh, the tumor is probably bigger.” “What tumor?” I asked with some concern. Instead of…

Better Out Than In

One of the not so appropriate things my father would say during my childhood was, “Better out than in!” In case you didn’t guess his reason, it had to do with bouts of flatulence. Not, “Excuse me.” No, “Begging your pardon.” It was, “Better out than in,” more times than not. Daddy may have said…

Three Attitudes Toward Adversity

Recently, I considered the lack of progress I was experiencing had to do with my expectations. After investing in a side gig that hadn’t provided the financial benefit I had hoped for, I surmised that I had wanted too much. For close to two decades, I wanted to help others embrace a life of abundance…

Shame’s Shenanigans

Usually when we think of someone engaging in shenanigans, we think of being mischievous and playful. We don’t normally attach a negative meaning to it. Normally we speak of shenanigans as youthful pranks such as covering a neighbor’s tree with toilet paper at Halloween or passing out laxatives as gum. Most shenanigans are more inconvenient…