Become a Worry Warrior!


Good day, Insighters! What are you worried about? Here’s some valuable information to help you keep your eyes on the prize:

Live-Well_-Dont-WorryWorry steals the passion and enjoyment from life. But it doesn’t have to. Strengthening our defenses against worry is like working a muscle, the more you do it, the easier it gets. Check out this great article about worry which will help you to find the right perspective. We’re not victims of life – we’re active participants. Take back your power today and let’s get on with creating the life that we desire!

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a mental health counselor  and motivational author who provides both couples counseling and individual psychotherapy to clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida areas – (941) 202-3350. Material is free to repost as long as proper credit is listed, including our website address.

downloadGreetings Insighters!  It’s a new year and the perfect time for a fresh beginning. As we well know, growth and accomplishments are a never-ending process – so I’ll be posting plenty of tips this year on how to rise above hindrances and claim your best self!  I hope that you’ll join us on the journey! Here are some helpful hints to get you started out on the right foot!  Cheers to new beginnings!

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI is a counselor and motivational author seeing clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. For more information, visit

Morning Motivation

Good morning, Insighters!

Today is a brand new day and an opportunity to move one step closer to creating the life of your dreams. This will require setting a firm intention, gearing up and not giving up – but you have everything you need inside of you to get the job done!

If you’re like me, you may have some personal hurdles to overcome, like an unwanted need for perfectionism, but the time to begin to tackle the monster is now!

It’s a new day full of promise. What will you do with it?

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor accepting both couples and individual clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. Call 239-689-3086 to schedule an appointment today– or visit for additional resources. Material is free to re-post as long as proper credit is listed, including our website address.


Are You Codependent?

Relationship trouble – we’ve all been there.

But how do you know when there’s a real problem that needs to be addressed?


Breaking out of well-worn relationship patterns can be hard – but recognizing the warning signs of co-dependence can be a game changer.


Check out my blog: Caring or Codependent? The Fine Line for more information.

Marci Wise, M.A., RMHCI, is a Motivational author and Mental Health Counselor accepting both couples and individual clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. Call 239-689-3086 to schedule an appointment today– or visit for additional resources.

Living with “Ease”

pexels-photo-556663.jpegSometimes you just feel yourself inexplicably drawn to a word or a phrase that somehow speaks to your soul in unknown way. For me today, that word is ease. I think ease is something I’ve always longed for but mostly found just out of reach. As a kid growing up in what I’ve only recently begun to realize was a dysfunctional household (who didn’t?) I spent a lot of energy creating and maintaining a calmer environment – definitely not synonymous with “ease.” Later, while in the work world, I always felt like I had to summon up the energy and courage to take each painstaking step closer to my goals. It felt almost like a fighting energy, like I was battling some unknown opponent who was always just one step behind me threatening to topple any progress that I made. This made life itself feel like a fight in some ways, so I wasn’t to surprised when I was eventually diagnosed with an autoimmune disease – which is essentially you own body’s cells fighting themselves. There was a war going on – and I was carrying it with me wherever I went.
pexels-photo.jpgSince that time I’ve been gifted with some life changing realizations that have offered me a refreshing clarity about the truth of my existence. I didn’t even realize that I was tortured, because that was all I ever knew, but now it seems so obvious. So this morning, as I was taking stock of my newfound revelations, the word ease seemed to jump of the landscape for me – as if to say “notice me!” I found myself grasping for a vague song lyric in my head that contained the word “ease.” Struggling to reach deep into my memory, I was able to gradually recover the melodic melody that was begging to be released. It’s the chorus of an old Judd’s song called “River of Time.”
Flow on, River of Time
Wash away the pain and heal my mind.
Flow on, River of Time,
Carry me away
And leave it all far behind.
Flow on River of Time

Upon closer inspection I realized that the lyric didn’t even contain the word “ease” – I had been mistaking it for “heal.” Yet that in itself seemed like a message. I believe that we’re designed to heal. Perhaps that’s even one of our biggest purposes in life – to encounter hardships and confusion, and then with the help of time – gain the clarity, wisdom and inner strength to go back and heal those raw and wounded parts of ourselves. That seems to be where my life – and now my work – are taking me.
As I grow older, I realize the utmost importance of peace. Not just achieving it – but bpexels-photo-207962.jpegeing it. Not finding it – but expressing it. Not creating it – but allowing it. All those years of struggling to be what I thought I had to be – had to do – in order to prove myself in this competitive world were just stressful expectations that I put on myself. No one was standing in the sidelines forcing me to do so. I was unconsciously choosing to impose a sense of dis-ease on myself. Seems so silly and unnecessary from this new point of perspective.
So where does that leave me now? Free. Free to do and to be whatever I choose without the baggage of that vague inner struggle. At first glance one would think that kind of mindset would take away all of your ambition and leave you in a place where you might not work to achieve anything – but instead I feel the opposite. Without the heaviness of the fears that were chasing me, I feel lighter and more optimistic. Like something wonderful is waiting to burst forth from within me, as opposed to me having to go out into a chaotic world and try to make something happen. I feel like a vessel for good. Ready to simply allow myself to pour out that goodness, sharing it with all who cross my path. With ease. Without expectation. Showing up and simply bringing the best that I have to offer in the moment. I somehow now know that will be enough. That honest and authentic expression is all the world has ever been asking of me – and somehow I was getting in the way.
It’s amazing how life always has something to teach us, no matter how long we live. What an exciting adventure. Who knows what unexpected journeys lie around the next corner? I’m just grateful that a new sense of “ease” will be my companion when I get there.

Marci Wise, MA, RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor accepting clients in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. Call 239-689-3086 to schedule an appointment today – or visit for additional resources. Material is free to repost as long as proper credit is listed, including our website address.

Comfort in Challenging Times

Incidents like the Las Vegas shooting can really shake our sense of safety. I find myself searching for a greater meaning in such events. However, today I found comfort in an unlikely place – through this video posted on Facebook. I don’t know the artist personally but I found the song’s message to be powerful and emotion evoking. Please listen to “A Good Life” in it’s entirety – I think there’s a simple truth contained within. (I hope Michael Tomlinson won’t mind me sharing his work.) Blessings to all!

Marci Wise, MA, RMHCI, is a motivational author and mental health counselor in the Fort Myers/Naples Florida area. For more information, please visit

Just Keep Moving Forward

Feeling frustrated and ineffective?

We all feel that way sometimes – but finding the right mindset can keep us from giving up on our goals.  When feeling discouraged, allow yourself the space to find a little self-compassion. Give yourself a day to rest and recuperate – both mentally and physically. This small buffer could be the difference between success and failure. You’ve got this. Just keep moving forward!