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What We Are Grateful For Multiplies

What We Are Grateful For Multiplies

Hello friends, My heart is filled with gratitude for the exciting month I've had sharing emotional literacy tools with so many. The need for mental wellness tools is more significant than ever. I am happy to have been a guest at these beautiful events and have the...

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Reviewing your 2019

Reviewing your 2019

Dear friends, Have you reviewed your growth and your wins of 2019? What an invigorating exercise it was for me. I had not written our accomplishments until now and this is the perfect opportunity to share with you Triumph Steps 2019 year in review. We have lots to...

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Required Mental Health Education in Florida Schools

Required Mental Health Education in Florida Schools

Last week was sweet for me. I was a guest at the biannual meeting of the Florida Partnership for Healthy Schools (FPHS) put together by the Florida Department of Education, and while I was participating and immersing in the latest data on Social Emotional Learning,...

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Love, Luck and Emotional Literacy

Love, Luck and Emotional Literacy

“I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” Thomas Jefferson Love is a many splendored thing… Love is a battlefield… All you need is Love. Love has been the perennial topic of scholars and poets alike since time began, and it is undoubtedly a crucial...

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Florida Healthy Teen Relationship Month

Florida Healthy Teen Relationship Month

The month of love is declared Florida Healthy Teen Relationship Month by governor Ron DeSantis. Recently, I was watching a TV show with my 15-year-old daughter in which the boyfriend of one of the female characters called her a piece of trash (and a bit more). The...

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The Power of Believing

The Power of Believing

December 2018 Putting out milk and cookies for Santa, mischievous elves on a shelf moving throughout the house, looking out the window hoping to see Rudolph's shiny red nose in the sky… The magic of the Holidays is inextricably linked to the wide-eyed wonder of...

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Discovering a Child’s Passions

Discovering a Child’s Passions

Can you believe that another Labor Day has just passed? Now we are fully back to schedules, homework, projects, deadlines, making sure that we encourage our children, teens, and college kids to get good grades and feel excited about learning. Many parents have asked...

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Desensitized: What Our Children Get From Violent Media

Desensitized: What Our Children Get From Violent Media

Whether we like it or not, our modern world revolves around digital media. We watch television to wind down after work, surf the internet or log in to social media if we’re bored. Having a computer is no longer a barrier to getting online—most of us have and use a...

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Happiness Is a Skill and It Can Be Taught

Happiness Is a Skill and It Can Be Taught

What happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was unthinkable. And maybe that is why it was allowed to happen. We have spent the past few decades not thinking about how to take proactive steps to prevent these tragedies from happening. We have not been...

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Finding Your Purpose This Holiday Season

Finding Your Purpose This Holiday Season

We all know the story of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, but if you’ve ever watched the 1964 TV-special by the same name, then you’re well aware of the effects that not finding your purpose can have on our children. The special is a classic, and though parts haven’t...

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Are You Using Fear as an Excuse?

Are You Using Fear as an Excuse?

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain-  Ralph Waldo Emerson Can you remember your biggest fear as a child? Perhaps you were scared of a monster under your bed, or of losing your parents in a large crowd. Now that you are older, you might consider your...

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Achieve Your Goals Using Pen and Paper

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery Imagine you have three kids and they all need to be picked up from different places at the same time. How would you go about handling this situation? Would you ask a friend to carpool or perhaps ask one...

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How to Get Rid of the Mental Habits Holding You Back

How to Get Rid of the Mental Habits Holding You Back

You have probably heard the phrase “old habits are hard to break” a thousand times throughout your lifetime. The extent to which habits control our lives are reflected in our actions, our thoughts, and the way in which we perceive the world around us. There is no...

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How Emotional Literacy Can Aid in Suicide Prevention

How Emotional Literacy Can Aid in Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the Third Leading Cause of Death Among Young Adults One person commits suicide every 13 minutes. Suicide is also the third leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, and second for 24-35 year olds, according to the Center for Disease Control. These...

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Hello Friends!

Hello Friends!

Hello friends! After my meditation this morning I felt compelled to write this out of a love, sympathy and compassion for those feeling bullied for the things that are going on in the world right now. I am Colombian, and as you may very well know it is from that...

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How to Beat the Procrastination Monster

How to Beat the Procrastination Monster

How to Beat the Procrastination Monster: Fighting The Inner Demons that Prevent Us From Progress Some of us are innately punctual and efficient at time management, but for most of us even starting a task is more brutal than the process of completing it at all....

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Easy Ways to Set Goals and Achieve Them

Easy Ways to Set Goals and Achieve Them

Even though we are constantly setting goals for ourselves in our minds, it can be pretty hard to find concrete goals that we can commit ourselves to. The important thing to remember is, goals can be big or small, long-term or short-term. And both can coexist at the...

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Why is Early Childhood Intervention Valuable?

Why is Early Childhood Intervention Valuable?

A frequent thought that often emerges in our minds when we see an adult we deem dysfunctional is, what was their childhood like? Where were their parents? The truth of the matter is that for many of these adults, there might’ve been an element of neglect but many...

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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

What if I told you that for just a few minutes a day, you could do something that would make you feel happier, and more alive than ever? What if I told you that small task is something we very often take for granted. I’m talking about gratitude, of course. Now you...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Every year on October 10th, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. It was designated by the World Health Organization to dedicate a day where all people working or supporting the mental health field can openly talk about their work, and the efforts necessary to make...

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You Are Who Your Friends Are

You Are Who Your Friends Are

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” —Jim Rhon   In our highly individualized society, where merit is defined in how we can differentiate ourselves from others, we all share a likeness in our obvious contrasts. At some point in...

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