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Starting out in the workforce can be an exciting and confusing time. There are many choices when it comes to finding the right job for you, but there are tips to use to help you feel confident as you start on your journey. Do your research. To begin looking for a job, start by thinking about what career paths interest you the most. Would you like to work independently or with a team? Do you enjoy a fast-paced workplace or a...

In today’s world of technology and social media, it is easy to believe that everyone out there is living their best life. Things look easy from the outside, but the reality is that all of us have personal struggles and struggle can actually be a good thing in the long run.  Can Struggle Be a Good Thing? It can sometimes be difficult to see your struggles as anything but a challenge. The struggle can feel negative and it’s challenging to see any...

Our days are usually scheduled to the minute. We have work obligations, school deadlines, friend, and family responsibilities. When life gets busy it’s usually our own needs that get neglected. There is a popular quote that says, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” It refers to the idea that if you do not take the time to take care of yourself, you will not have the ability to take care of other aspects of your life.  Why Invest In Yourself? When...

Experiencing emotions is a healthy part of life and while it is natural to get upset at times, there are healthy ways and unhealthy ways to express emotions like frustration and anger.   Venting vs. Dumping Keeping emotions bottled up can lead to emotional outbursts or letting resentments fester. This is why it is important to know how to appropriately communicate those feelings. For example, there is a difference between venting your frustration and emotionally dumping on family or friends. Characteristics of venting...

The “marshmallow experiment” is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research. The idea is this: place a marshmallow in front of a child and tell them that they can have a second one if they can go fifteen minutes without eating the first one, then leave the room. Whether or not they’re patient enough to wait for the doubled reward is supposedly indicative of a measure of willpower that will benefit them in the future in school and...

The social dynamics of girls has been the subject of many movies and books and we’re all familiar with the concept of mean girls and Queen Bees. The mean girl habits can start much earlier than we think, even before middle school, but there are ways to help young girls, and young women, learn how to support one another. Why Do Girls Bully? Too often girls are taught to see other girls as competition. A survey by Plan International USA showed that...

Change is an inevitable part of life, but young adulthood is a time filled to the brim with changes. Transitioning from a teen to an adult. Leaving home for the first time. Attending a new school or entering the workforce. New experiences can be exciting, but there are also opportunities for failures. Failures can be seen as a negative outcome or as a learning experience. These situations can be challenging for anyone, but for young adults who lack resilience, they...

One question many teenagers have after leaving residential treatment is “is it possible to replicate the relationships I’ve built in treatment in the real world?” Anyone who has been through residential treatment recognizes how refreshing it is to be able to share fears and insecurities in a group setting and receive support and empathy rather than judgment and exclusion. Yet, the same social rules don’t always apply when they leave residential treatment. While they’ve identified values they want to seek...

Your daughter has accomplished something amazing and is on her way to graduate from a residential program or wilderness program. Now would be the time to start thinking about if a transitional program might be a good fit for her. Transitional programs such as Journey Home are a “step down” type of structure where girls aged 16-21 live in a residential setting and learn how to incorporate the skills learned in treatment programs with real world applications.  Why are step down...

One of the biggest obstacles to developing a self-care routine isn’t necessarily loathing the activities it might entail, it’s believing that one deserves to take a break and do things for themselves. It’s a Catch-22 that activities designed to improve one’s self esteem are harder to engage in when one struggles with low self-esteem in the first place. For some young adults, this might look like obsessing over skincare and makeup routines to the point where they’re no longer enjoyable...