WordCamp 2017


Seattle WordCamp 2017 is November 4 and 5, hosted at the Seattle Convention Center. 

You may be wondering, “What does a two-day convention about using WordPress have to do with my counseling needs?”

Actually, you may be surprised.

After gathering feedback from my clients over the past 17 years of being a private practice licensed counselor, you all have made it loud and clear that having relevant and recent information on this website is one of the main reasons you chose me as a counselor to help you, your family, or a colleague.

While you might have come across my Psychology Today profile, it was looking at my website and knowing that I updated my schedule and wrote personal blog posts that helped you feel that I was someone you could trust, and someone you could talk to.

As my new website for  MyAllergyAdvocate.com gets ready to launch in January 2018, I was not surprised that designer Natalie McGuire has helped many companies just like mine operate smoothly on the WordPress hosting platform. I enjoy the ease of use, beautiful features, affordable options, and accessibility that WordPress has created, and I’m proud to say that Seattle Direct Counseling has been on the WordPress platform since 2009.

That being said, owning and maintaining this website is a labor of love. If you see something out of place, a feature that isn’t working quite right, or a glaring error, please feel free to point it out. I go under the hood and fix small errors myself, and I report the big errors to WP directly.

If you are in the greater Seattle area and have an interest in blogging or owning a small business on WordPress, I invite you to check out WordCamp. It’s a friendly, casual community with lots of support for newcomers as well as deep-dive options for developers and established business owners. Whether you are new to microblogging or a long-time user of e-commerce for business, WordCamp has something for everyone, and is a great weekend for networking with likeminded people.

For more information about WordCamp in Seattle, please click here.


Five Ways to Text With Love

by B. Imei Hsu, RN, LMHC
Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting.  And watch where you're going!
Ever thought about how much time and effort you spend texting your main squeeze? Find out how to be super smart about love and texting. Don’t text and move around, OK?

While walking from the office to my bus stop, I watched a young woman texting someone as she briskly walked towards a busy intersection. She was engrossed in a text conversation, furiously tapping on her virtual keyboard, and three steps away from walking against a red light. When she was ready to step into oncoming traffic, I yelled, “Stop now!” and touched her arm. She looked up at me with a startled expression, oblivious to what almost happened to her, then turned her attention back to her phone without removing an earbud of her headphones.

The two other witnesses standing nearby shook their heads and smiled. It’s like we knew what the other was thinking. Next time, she won’t be so lucky.

Isn’t that awful? What is so important in that text that a person would risk her own life?

Let me share with you five things I’ve learned about texting the one you love, so you can become super smart about making the most of your mobile device while not getting tripped up (no pun intended) on the curbs of modern love foibles. It’s one thing if you get hit by a truck (and I really hope you don’t!); it’s another if you throw your own relationship under the technology bus.

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Being Thankful

This past November I noticed a push for “daily thankfuls” on Facebook and other social media. A lot of the same things have come up: health, family, food, running water, etc. Some might call these things essentials, while reminding themselves not to take them for granted. As Thanksgiving has come and gone, the spirit of thankfulness can last through the winter season, or all year if you try. There are so many little things (and big things) to be thankful for, but I challenge you to find one thing that you may take for granted that someone right now does not have. Even better, think of something that you have that someone needs.

A new day to be thankful for, everyday.

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