Ligia's blog

  • Paying Attention to What Really Matters

    Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things. — Jim Rohn Our days on this Earth are limited. Although we may avoid thinking about this reality, we are not immortal and our loved ones are not immortal. Are we appreciating

    July 11, 2018
  • How Do You Define Love?

    The word love has only 4 letters, yet it encompasses so much that at times is hard to define.   Besides, being an abstract and complex concept, it is not easy to describe it.. In this message, and being this month dedicated to love, I will share with you how I define love.  Let’s keep in

    July 2, 2018
  • Dealing with Your Emotions During A Crisis

    If you feel desperate because you find yourself in a situation where you cannot find a way out, I want to share with you, certain techniques or tips that you can do to help you deal with your emotions. When living a difficult situation, sometimes we do not want to get out of bed to

    June 14, 2018
  • Understanding Suicide

    According to the famous suicidologist, Edwin Schneidman, suicide happens when a person is experiencing psychache (psychological pain) which is impossible to bear. In his seminal work, Definition of Suicide, Schneidman stated that the most common emotion a person who is contemplating suicide experiences is hopelessness-helplessness. Taking this valuable information into consideration, we can take a

    June 10, 2018
  • Be Grateful for Who You Are

    This message is about you. It is a reminder of the special and unique person you are.  You are an amazing human being with talents; with great qualities; with many gifts and yes, with some shortcomings as well.  That is what makes you who you are!   This week I want you to embrace the person you

    May 23, 2018
  • Setting the Intention for 2018

    As you start the year, take a pause and decide how you want this year to be. What do you want to achieve?  What dreams do you want to make a reality? What things do you want to let go? The first day of the year is the perfect time to make that decision. You

    January 1, 2018
  • The Need for Mindfulness

    If you are like me, you live in a world of distraction.  Multiple things have the potential of distracting us from what we intend to do.  For example, you may be one of those people who logs into the internet with the intention to look for something that would take few minutes, and then go

    June 8, 2017
  • Is It Possible to Master Fear?

      A few days ago, as I was driving and listening to NPR, as I usually do, and I heard an amazing interview on the program Fresh Air with Terry Gross. The interview was with Jordan Peele, director of the film Get Out, which is a horror movie. As Terry asked him how he got

    March 20, 2017
  • Are You Choosing to be Happy?

    Happiness is not something you expect for tomorrow; it is something you decide for today.                                                      -Ligia M. Houben           Are You Choosing to be Happy? All human beings strive for happiness. When we face a life-changing event, time does not stop. Life continues, and we continue living as well. One of the greatest reasons for

    February 20, 2017
  • Have You Stayed Committed?

    Most people as the New Year arrives plan to commit to a change in their lives; something that will make them feel happier, better, and more successful.  Are you one of these people?  If you are…have, you stayed committed to your goal? As we start the second month of 2017, you may find yourself stuck,

    February 3, 2017
  • Be Grateful for Who You Are

    This message is about you. It is a reminder of the special and unique person you are.  You are an amazing human being with talents; with great qualities; with many gifts and yes, with some shortcomings as well.  That is what makes you who you are!   This week I want you to embrace the person you

    January 29, 2017
  • The Last Reflection of 2016

    The Last Reflection of 2016   In just a few weeks, 2016 will be gone and we will be ready to start 2017, which brings new promises; new opportunities; new beginnings. Therefore, before embarking on a new year, it is a good idea to look back and reflect what this year has meant to us. As

    December 11, 2016
  • Loss of Identity

    Loss of identity   Do you find yourself wondering what has happened to your old self? Have you lost connection with who you are? Do you feel lost and without any direction? There is a loss that seems to be prevalent in our society. It is the loss of identity. When we talk about losses,

    October 9, 2016
  • Owning Your Thoughts Makes You Free

    Own your thoughts. Own your emotions. Own your actions. Owning your thoughts means you are in control of what goes on in your mind. What comes in; what stays; and what you discard. You stop being a victim of external factors. As Paulo Cohelo says in “The Alchemist”: At a certain point in our lives,

    September 12, 2016