Budgeting Do’s and Don’ts

Budgeting Do's and Don'ts Infographic

Budgeting isn’t the most fun activity ever but it’s very important to accomplishing your financial goals. If you don’t have a budget, you’re basically shooting blindly at your future. Trust me, there are better ways to go about it. I’ve created a list of important do’s and don’ts of budgeting to help guide you through the minefield of budgeting. Do think of your budget as a plan for your money. The purpose of creating a budget is to take control[Read more]

12 Common Mental Health Myths

12 Common Mental Health Myths

Mental health is often misrepresented by the media and stigmatized by the public. I frequently hear statements of disbelief from my clients and peers when I talk about how common mental health issues are in the United States. In my career, I’ve learned there are many mental health myths floating around that are commonly believed and often very, very rough. Today I’m doing to address the 12 most common mental health myths I hear. 1. Mental health doesn’t affect me,[Read more]

Mental Illness: The Invisible Illness

Mental Illness: The Invisible Illness

As a mental health professional, I feel its important to educate people on mental illness as a whole. It’s important for the the public to be aware of what mental illness is and what it is not. And most importantly, how to be supportive of those who struggle with mental illness. I thought a brief introduction would be helpful today before getting into specific disorders. Invisibility Mental illness (or disorders) are often referred to as an invisible illness. This is[Read more]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Month

May in Mental Health Awareness Month. During the next month, I’m going to shift focus slightly to mental health. I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist and I work full-time in mental health. I primarily work with children and families and I’ve realized there is a lot of different and confusing information out there about mental health. Particularly, many people don’t fully understand many of the common mental health diagnoses, like depression and anxiety. During this month, I will be[Read more]

Types of Budgets | Budget Builder

Types of Budgets

Creating a budget can feel very overwhelming at first. And there are a lot of different steps. But even after you’ve decided what you need to include in your budget, you have to figure out what kind of budget you’ll use. And there are many different types of budgets.   Today I’ll be exploring four and a half types of budgets: “Traditional” Savings First Zero-Sum Proportional Envelope Odds are you’ve heard of at least some of these budget types. We’ll[Read more]

BACTERIA Honorable Mentions

Healthy Relationship Traits

I use BACTERIA a lot in my work with youth. It’s vital to overall mental health to learn about creating and maintaining healthy relationships. My favorite way to do this is with a “guessing game” of sorts. I review what BACTERIA is (“the prescription for a healthy relationship”) and write the letters of BACTERIA vertically on the board. Then I ask individuals to guess what they think each letter stands for. In doing this, I’ve heard a wide range of additional[Read more]

How to Create Successful Goals

Creating Successful Goals

Now that you’ve completed your Level 10 Life assessment, it’s time to focus on your goals for each section. We all want a successful future and have some sort of vision of how it will look. If you don’t have a vision, I challenge you to think about what you want your life to look like in 5-10 years. Now that you’ve got a rough idea of what you want, how do you get there? If this is something you[Read more]

Budget Components: Building A Budget

What Makes Up A Budget

Building a budget from scratch can feel overwhelming. There are many different budget components and categories to explore. You’ve seen examples with 2 categories, you’ve seen examples with 36 categories. It can be a bit overwhelming at the beginning. You’ve been thinking about setting up a budget for yourself. Maybe for the first time, maybe for the twelfth time. Either way, it’s time to address the age old question: what do I include in my budget? First, let’s start by defining[Read more]

Acceptance in Relationships | BACTERIA

Importance of Acceptance in Relationships

Today’s final BACTERIA topic is acceptance. Acceptance in relationships includes many different aspects to take into account. As a reminder, BACTERIA applies to all forms of relationships and is not specific to romantic relationships. Acceptance Definitions Acceptance in relationships is primarily focused on acknowledging and appreciating the other person as they are. This means there is no attempt to change them. Similar to accountability, it is important to look both inwardly and outwardly at acceptance. You must love and accept[Read more]

Financial Satisfaction Assessment: L10 Series

Level 10 Life Financial Satisfaction

Today’s final Level 10 Life assessment area will be financial satisfaction. Finances are something we can’t live without, even if we want to. This is also an area many people struggle with, for one reason or another. It can be helpful to explore your current relationship with money and examine your budget (or create one) to give you more insight into your current financial situation. Objectively, finances are the easiest to rate because of the number-based subject. It’s pretty easy[Read more]