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What’s A “Family”?

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Oct 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

What does “family” mean to you? If somebody is about to show you a photo of their “family,” what do you expect to see? Is that what you expect of your family too? While it is not required that your definition of “family” conform to the family you were raised in, or to anyone else’s, it is absolutely essential for your future happiness that you decide upon your definition, based upon your own values. “Anything goes” can be a prescription for losing the sense of family altogether.

Trading Something That’s “Fine” For Something Better

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Oct 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes your life is “fine.” That usually is an indication that they could be better. You just may not be sure how … and not willing or able to explore that question. Better doesn’t necessarily mean changing your relationship(s). It does mean understanding what better means to you, and inviting your relationships to grow with you. Then that choice is theirs.

How To Look On The Bright Side When Everything Seems Dark During Divorce

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Oct 06, 2020 | 0 Comments

Significant life changes, including but not limited to divorce, activate our “fight or flight” responses and trigger a range of emotions, many of them very unpleasant. It’s important to address the understandable mental health aspects of this in the present. At the same time, it’s also important to start mapping out aspects of your future. It can seem daunting to think about where you’re headed when you’re in the midst of difficult times, but it is these times in particular that provide opportunities for growth like none other.

"I Just Want Out" – How to Take a Breath and Avoid Big Mistakes

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Sep 04, 2020 | 0 Comments

Sometimes you feel like you are “done” and just want out as quickly as possible. It is in these moments that many soon-to-be-divorced spouses make decisions that come back to haunt them for years and years to come. This is a process to deciding what you want, and moving purposefully and diligently … but not hastily … toward it.

Lessons From Nature

Posted by Penn A. Dodson | Jun 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

In this inaugural Blog, co-founder Penn A. Dodson gives a glimpse of the vision that we, at New Leaf, have for the growth and thriving of our clients. When you are facing big decisions in your life, it can be scary. The future can look dark at first. But like a seed in nature, this is how growth begins. From there, it can be glorious.

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