I thought I had it all….
One of the things I noticed when I first began my practice was how many successful people were not really happy.
Often they would say to me, “I have the house, the cars, the kids, and everything that goes with it, aren’t I supposed to be happy now?” Some had even gotten bigger houses and newer cars and a few more kids, but still they felt something was missing. Continue reading
Ran across this TedTalk by Jennifer Senior: For Parents, happiness is a very high bar. Jennifer is a writer for New York Magazine and author of “All Joy and No Fun” which essentially discusses modern parenthood. Her thesis is that parenting has now become burdensome due to the pressures of culture to ensure that our children have these incredibly happy childhoods.
I think she hit the nail on the head when she says that parents are genuinely Continue reading
I know..you think I got the phrase wrong. It’s supposed to be Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. But with all due respect to our Founding Fathers—I’d like to change it.
Not that happiness isn’t a wonderful thing to work towards, but it isn’t sufficient for us in the 21st century. Written in the 18th century, the pursuit of Happiness made sense because lives were very tough back then. A little bit of happiness looked like a pretty good outcome for all the hard work of a life that had the liberty to pursue happiness. Continue reading
Ann G. Kramer, EdS LPC
Counseling, Coaching, Creating Wholeness
We live in very challenging times. The world is changing so fast which is making it very difficult for humans to adjust and find their way. Rates of depression, substance abuse and suicide make clear that many of us are feeling lost.
The Life Puzzle is a framework that can help you feel grounded as you go through life. It is a practical, tangible tool you can use to guide your daily actions. It helps you understand your SELF as a whole human being that has physical, emotional, thinking, sexual and spiritual areas. Every day, as you use the Life Puzzle framework, you can feel confident that your efforts will result in creating wholeness for your on-going, growing life!
March 20th was International Day of Happiness. And of course, it brought a smile to all our faces. Who doesn’t want a happier world?
It concerns me though that the word “Happiness” is getting such prominence in our media. “Happiness” infers a state of being–a place where you live in a positive world where life is all pleasant. It reflects the oft heard childhood phrase “And they all lived happily-ever-after”. Continue reading
One of the tools in Life Puzzle-making is called the Choosing Continuum. The 0-10 Continuum moves us from reactive to proactive. 0-5 is more reactive, 6-10 more proactive.
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Wholeness can mean many things:
Here at Life Puzzle–we’re talking about building a whole life. A Whole life means recognizing that you are a physical, emotional, thinking, sexual and spiritual being. Building a Whole life is a conscious effort to honor these 5 dimensions of yourself through daily actions over the course of your life.
Start with the Whole in mind:
When you start with the Whole in mind–you start at the SELF or personal level. But then to this each SELF fits into a Whole family. A Whole family is one where all individuals are building their individual Whole SELF within the framework of the larger family. Each member respects that everyone is a vital component of a Whole family. Continue reading
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Life Puzzle, by Ann G. Kramer, EdS LPC is a framework used to help clients grow whole and dynamic lives. If you are interested in learning more, please use the Contact Us form to email an inquiry (see top menu).
I see clients at my office in Cary, NC
1127 Kildaire Farm Rd. Cary, NC 27511
919 518 3717 or email Ann@lifepuzzle.com
I also do online and phone sessions for those who are outside the area or prefer this method of working with me.