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Gratitude

Gratitude

“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.” Charles Dickens (1812-1870) As we approach yet another holiday season and make plans to spend time with family and friends gathered around a table laden with food, it is easy to forget the...
Invisible Economy

Invisible Economy

Are manners outdated? Are the rules of etiquette that were ingrained in the generations before us still relevant in this super busy modern era? It would appear that the generally accepted answer to this question is a resounding no, as many of us can attest to just by observing everyday behavior in the world around...
How Not to Freak Out

How Not to Freak Out

Ok, so you’ve read a few of my blogs and applied some of my advice, maybe you’ve even had a few coaching sessions with me. You’ve been out there dating and you finally meet someone special. The energy between you two is wonderful, every time you are together you find out more and more things...
Falling in Love With Potential

Falling in Love With Potential

I see it all the time in my practice. A relationship doesn’t work out and we exclaim “but he looked so good on paper!” He had all the right assets that you imagine will make your relationship work. He is good looking, financially stable and has a wonderful circle of friends, yet something falls flat....
The Good, The Bad, The Oxytocin

The Good, The Bad, The Oxytocin

You swear it won’t happen to you. You won’t become “her.” The one who waits by the phone for his call, checks your text messages furiously, or creeps his Facebook page to see who he’s communicating with and if god forbid there’s another woman in the picture. Yet time and again it happens, you find...
Goal Setting

Goal Setting

If you are someone with ambition and aspirations that wants to achieve success in the modern world, odds are good that even with the best of intentions and efforts, you still probably only end up accomplishing about half of what you say or wish you could accomplish. If your average is 50%, then bravo, you’re...
Make Stress Your Friend

Make Stress Your Friend

  Kelly McGonigal’s Ted Talk is the best 15 minutes you can spend all week. This is well worth watching all of the way through to the end. She takes a while to set up and build her premise, but the payoff is big. In modern life, the majority of us are under a lot...
No Rules

No Rules

I’m going to go out on a limb here and take a risk. When you read this post, I could very well end up sounding like an egomaniac, but bear with me. You see, I, Alison Robertson, am going to quote myself. So up front I am going to ask your indulgence and beg that...
The Power of Goodbye

The Power of Goodbye

“There’s nothing left to try There’s no place left to hide There’s no greater power Than the power of goodbye” Lyrics by Madonna, And Rick Nowels. Friendship can be one of the most rewarding and positive influences in our lives. Many studies have been conducted that show that friends improve not only our mental, but...
When People Show You

When People Show You

It was Maya Angelou who said, “When people show you who they are, believe them.” Nowhere is this advice more true than in romantic relationships. Human beings are not that mysterious. We convey through spoken and non-spoken communication what our intentions are all the time. We are literally broadcasting ourselves to the world 100% of...
New Year New You

New Year New You

“And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” From “Our Deepest Fear,” by Marianne Williamson What if, for one moment, we accepted the idea that everything is okay. What if everything was suddenly perfect, just as it is now, flaws and all, out of place,...
How to Spot a Toxic Friend

How to Spot a Toxic Friend

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.” Walter Winchell We’ve all known one, a toxic friend can come in many guises. There’s the friend who only calls us when she needs something, and when she does bother to call, only talks about herself; the friend who...