Mature Communication

Mature Communication Written by: Charneise Alston, M.Ed Poor communication is poisonous to healthy relationships. When communication is ineffective, inconsistent, and insensitive, the listener is infected with feelings of frustration, hurt, and confusion.  The emotional wounds caused by poor communication requires surgery and rehabilitation. Yes, the impact of words can cause severe injury if abused. Emotionally […]

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Thanksliving

Thanksliving Written by: Charneise Alston, M.Ed   As a child, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday because what could possibly be better than a holiday based on gratitude and eating? As a family oriented young girl, this special time of the year allowed for me to eat until my heart’s content, have meaningful dialogue, and share memorable […]

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At War With Self

At War With Self Written by: Charneise Alston, M.Ed Today, our nation honors all of the brave soldiers who have served in the armed forces in hopes to protect our country. Your selfless act of service required a personal sacrifice that is forever honorable. Your ability to override fear, leave loved ones behind, discipline your […]

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness Written by Charneise Alston, M.Ed Forgiveness is an exchange of yesterday’s pain for tomorrow’s freedom. Unfortunately, that was easier written than practiced in my life. I used to struggle with forgiveness because I would focus on forgiveness as an act or deed. By doing so, I had the self-perceived power of choosing whom was […]

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Boundaries

Boundaries Written by: Charneise Alston, M.Ed As adults, it is our personal duty to manage our own emotions, attitudes, behaviors, and responsibilities. Doing so can be burdensome which is why it is critical to understand the need for personal boundaries. The healthiest way to govern yourself is by establishing, maintaining, and enforcing boundaries. Boundaries are […]

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Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After Written by: Charneise Alston, M.Ed The Walt Disney company coined the phrase “happily ever after” to insinuate a happy ending.  As a woman, I grew up hearing the social messaging that my “happily ever after” would result from meeting my Prince Charming. Consequently, I held an ingrained belief that the state of […]

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