Perspectives

Cultivating Positivity in Difficult Times

By Marlene Caraballo~ There’s no shortage of reasons to feel stressed. The pandemic continues, the economy fluctuates, politics are tense, and we worry about our health and the well-being of those we love. While we spend our days wringing our hands and pacing the floors, we are quite literally fretting our lives away. Our time,

Do You Have a Will? You Should. Is It Updated? It Should Be.

By Peter Hall~ In this new normal of living with COVID, should you consider creating a will? The answer is YES. But it is still a difficult decision for many. When speaking with clients about creating a will, I hear, “I don’t have any property,” or, “I’m feeling fine, I don’t need a will.” Having

A Guide to Help You Prepare for the Cost of a Funeral

By Jake Irving | Photo by Tina Demianchuk~ Have you ever wondered what an average funeral might cost in your area? This funeral cost guide  is broken down into 477 towns and cities throughout the US and gives the average cost in each state. Providing this information gives you the most accurate state estimate possible while

Intuition and Finding the Answers to Living Well

By Marlene Caraballo~ We’re always looking for ways to feel our best and enjoy life more fully. Often, we look outward for ideas and advice. But what if the answers you’re looking for are nearer than you think? The answers you seek are not found in a Google search. They’re found in your gut, within

Be Nice. We’re All in This Together

By Marlene Caraballo~ At this point in what we will kindly describe as a challenging year, you may be starting to lose your cool — if you haven’t already. As we continue to ride the pandemic roller coaster of case numbers, infection rates, and associated social distancing restrictions, frustration can quickly get the best of

Meaningful Lessons from a Global Pandemic

By Marlene Caraballo ~ Life may bring us challenges that break our hearts and test our faith. But it can also bring us meaningful lessons we may never have learned any other way. Consider this year’s global pandemic. No matter how greatly you were impacted, it was — and, perhaps, still is — at the

Simple Ways to Reduce Anxiety During this Health Crisis

By Marlene Caraballo ~ In light of what’s going on worldwide right now, life can feel out of control, and many of us could use a few simple strategies to cope with our rising anxiety. Watching the news, feeling the rising fear, seeing people hoarding necessities, and the increasing worry we have for the health

An Intentional New Year’s Non-Resolution

By Marlene Caraballo ~ It’s a New Year! Therefore, we may feel forced to make new resolutions we all too often don’t keep. Let’s face it: Life gets busy, and, though we start out motivated with good intentions, many of us fall off the resolution wagon as quickly as February. So, this year I’d like

Caring for Elderly Parents with Dementia Can be Tough

Lessons in a Special Kind of Love By Marlene Caraballo ~   My 84-year-old mother doesn’t know what day it is. So, I bought her a ridiculously big digital clock that displays both the time and date in ginormous lettering. I placed it right next to where to she sits to watch television. Still, when

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