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Mondays with Melissa (has returned…)

Ever wake up and wonder why you do what you do? Sometimes I have weeks feeling that every day I get out of bed! Whether you are in a position you chose or one that was chosen for you, you have the option to determine what lens you view your life through. Every day we have the opportunity to have...[ read more ]

Balance Your Mood With Food: How Good Nutrition Supports Mental Health

Our brains are magnificent machines: while the brain controls rudimentary yet complex functions like your heartbeat, breathing and motor functions, it also controls a multitude of other complicated tasks such as creating your thoughts and feelings. A machine this advanced, that runs 24/7, clearly requires fuel to run. The fuel you supply to your hard-working brain is none other than...[ read more ]

Why Setting a Strong Female Role Model is Important for Your Daughter

Every Halloween, little girls all over the country choose costumes that reflect what they want to be when they grow up. And each year we see many girls choosing to dress as princesses and fairies, kitty cats and maybe the odd super hero. Rarely do we see young girls dressing as executives, scientists, or world leaders. It can seem benign...[ read more ]

Co-Parenting Strategies for Divorced Parents

Going through a divorce can bring the worst out of a couple that once promised each other forever. Your world might feel like it’s falling apart, and trying to co-parent when you’re struggling to simply keep going can be overwhelming. Learning to co-parent won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. Use the five strategies below to start co-parenting with your...[ read more ]

5 Reasons You’re Spending Too Much Money

“Too much month at the end of the money” is a phrase many of us find funny and relatable. But serious financial problems are no laughing matter. Finding yourself eating rice and beans until payday because you spent too much on electronics or the latest fashion trend might seem like no big deal, but what about the big picture? What...[ read more ]

4 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating Every Day

Is this a scenario you can relate to?: You sit down in front of the television or computer with a bag of chips or pint of ice cream intending to eat only one serving, but before you even know what’s happened the entire bag or pint is gone. And you have no real recollection of tasting or even enjoying it. You seem...[ read more ]

3 Signs Social Media Is Hindering Your Happiness

How long has it been since you checked your Facebook page or Twitter account? If you’re like most people, you use social media many times throughout the day. But while you may think social media is fun, studies have suggested that it can take a toll on our emotions. One such study by researchers at the University of Missouri focused...[ read more ]

How To Stop Beating Yourself Up

When was the last time you heard from your inner critic? You know, that voice in your head that constantly judges you, puts you down and compares you to others. The one that tells you you’re not good enough or smart enough and says things you would never dream of saying to another person.Now you may think this inner critic, while annoying,...[ read more ]

Mondays with Melissa – Having A Mirror

"Get over yourself".   Three harsh words to bring me back to reality via text from a person who knows me as well as I know myself.   For those who have worked with me or know me, realize that I have a tad bit of a sassy side so those words could have sparked a side of me that I try...[ read more ]

Mondays with Melissa – Reasons Why

In building this website, there was the philosophical question of "to blog or not to blog".   I think I have read every and all options of how to blog, why to blog, benefits of blogging, and the list goes on and on.  I have polled every friend that would listen and some that were tired of listening!   In the...[ read more ]



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