- Father’s Day — You don’t have to be “Super Man” to be a great hero and role model: There is so much pressure from society to be a perfect parent and raise your kids this way or that. In reality, nothing makes you stronger role model and greater “hero” to your kids than being there to listen, provide helpful advice, and show your kids that you understand their feelings and support their aspirations. Jim can provide helpful tips on communicating with your kids in any age or stage in life, instilling internal confidence in your parenting style, ending the negative self-talk and comparisons to other parents, how to feel mentally balanced and calm while juggling parenthood and work, and much more.
- Becoming A New Daddy — How to get ready for your new life as a parent: Jim can provide tried-and-true tips on growing into fatherhood and how to become the dad you want to be and your child deserves to have. We aren’t born to be dads and train for almost any other job we take on, so why should fatherhood be any different? Get valuable advice on balancing work and parenthood, getting ready for diaper duty, and much more.
- High School Graduation — Preparing students to leave the nest: Graduation is a momentous time for both high school students and the parents. For many families, leaving for college marks the first instance that the graduates are truly on their own. This means the students have to psychologically prepare for monthly budgets, rigorous study schedules, making healthy lifestyle choices, managing stress, and much more. Once the students leave, the parents can also feel immense loneliness and have trouble figuring out how to rearrange their lives without attending to their kids’ needs. Jim will give parents tips on getting their graduating high school seniors ready for the big lifestyle change and move to college, as well as advice on how to mentally prepare themselves for an “empty nest.”
College Graduation — Career fears and life speculation: The moment a student receives that college diploma, the world is opened to vast possibilities. There are so many promising opportunities that will arise, but graduation can also make students fear about starting life out in the “real world.” Graduates will wonder about many things: Did I choose a study path in college that will really make me feel fulfilled? Should I travel for a while to see the world or settle down in a job now? What if I really don’t want to start life in the “real world” yet?! Jim is here to provide insight on how to know that you chose a fulfilling study path, what to look for in a career, how to mentally prepare for life outside of the college walls, how to successfully communicate with new co-workers and bosses, and so much more.
Summer Weddings – Look beyond the honeymoon: Summer will be a honeymoon phase for many couples. Unfortunately the honeymoon phase can provide a false sense of the ease. Jim suggests that couples use this time to establish good habits, such as good communication skills. Jim also notes that relationships exist where the needs and desires meet with a willingness and ability to oblige them. Jim emphasizes that it’s so important to try to remain flexible in order to accommodate the inevitable shifts on both sides.
- Getting in Shape For Summer Time – It’s not just your body that needs to get fit. Many people focus on getting physically in shape, but Jim says that when people just focus on improving the physical things, they miss the opportunity to improve mood, self-image, and energy levels. Jim’s suggestions for getting in shape beyond the physical include – Establishing new interpersonal relationships, and nurturing the ones you already have; Using your confidence to try new hobbies, as well as cultivating the willingness to try new things; Including mindfulness to support the health of the whole mind-body system, not just the body; and identifying important values and goals of yours, then committing to doing one thing daily that’s in alignment with one of them, and then one thing to move you away from something you don’t want.
- Family Reunions – The dreaded family affair doesn’t have to be so dreadful: With family reunions a common issue people face is reverting to their childhood roles when family comes together. A perfectly high-functioning, well-adjusted adult can suddenly take on (and very much feel) the role of the black sheep, victim, hero, or whatever. Jim can help minimize this natural feeling and provide tips for coping with anxiety and remaining more stable in your normal, adult identity when attending family functions. It also wouldn’t be a family function without the stereotypical Drunk Uncle Fred and Holier-Than-Thou Sue. Jim can also provide coping suggestions for facing these types.
Jim is the founder of the Right Life Project, where he helps people overcome roadblocks to self-actualization as a psychotherapist, Right LifeTM Coach, and mindfulness meditation instructor. The Right Life Project helps clients understand the ways you can work with the different dimensions of your life (psychological, social, physical, and vocational), to be happier and more fulfilled, and to reach your full potential.