Life Transition & Grief

vine on white wall, words - are you wanting more or wanting less - blog post by Santa Rosa counselor Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

Are you wanting more or wanting less?

The question of wanting more. (It’s a common question, right?) We ask it often, of ourselves and others. We ask it almost automatically in some situations: Do you want more pie? Do you want more space? Yet in times of transition and change, asking what you want more of is far from simple. In fact,…

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wood table notebook words - make life in transition easier 14 journal prompts, blog post from life coach Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

Make life in transition easier: 14 journal prompts

How to make life in transition easier with 14 journal prompts. Hey, it’s spring again. Winter fades and spring brings buds and blooms and the promise of new beginnings, both internally and in the real world.  Spring, as you probably know, mirrors the psychological process of life in transition. It’s the essential call of self-renewal:…

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door in red brick wall, words - 4 things to do when it feels like life is passing you by, blog post by Santa Rosa therapist Patty Bechtold at wiselifetherapy.com

4 things to do when it feels like life is passing you by

You might think life is passing you by, especially in midlife. But trust me, it’s not. Because there is no way your life can pass you by. Take yesterday, for instance. Yesterday was a day. Getting up in the morning. Going to bed at night. And everything that happened in between. A rambling walk in…

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Northern California Life Coach + Therapist Patty Bechtold describes how to write to understand the meaning of life with Ira Progoff's stepping stones journaling activity, wiselifetherapy.com

How to journal your way into the meaning of life

A major part of the meaning of life is contained in the very discovering of it. It is an ongoing experience of growth that involves a deepening contact with reality…the meaning of life cannot be told. It has to happen to a person. —Ira Progoff Today I’m following up from my last post about the…

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Santa Rosa therapist and life coach Patty Bechtold writes about how the film Stranger than Fiction unearthed her softer inner voice at wiselifetherapy.com

My inner voice: Stranger than fiction

It was a time when we were nearing the end of 2020 and I was thinking about how unrelenting it had all been. Right about then my inner voice declared that if last year had been a book, it would have been named Unrelenting. And then I wondered what others might name it. I’ve been…

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