Welcome to my first episode of my new podcast… The Big Leap: College Bound with Ellen Yale You can find it on iTunes.  Go there and subscribe so you can automatically get each episode as soon as it is released.    

It’s true. Try it. If you are feeling the deep kind of gratitude… the kind that you feel deep inside… you can’t simultaneously feel fear. This is such good information! What I do is store up the really deeply grateful events I have had in my life. Then I pull them out when I, Read More

A message for your child: Here’s the really good news: Stress is just a feeling, and feelings are caused by thoughts, so all you have to do to not feel stress is change your thought. Ta daaaaaa! OK, easier said than done. Let me break it down for you.   These are thoughts about, Read More

As a parent, I want to fix things when my kids are hurting. I have to remind myself that I want them to go through hard times. Even when things aren’t fair. Especially when things aren’t fair. It’s the times of challenge that breed confidence. You only create confidence by going through something difficult…, Read More

A friend and I have been talking about feeling broken recently. You see, I think being broken is a good thing, she thinks it’s a bad thing. I think the difference is that she has people using those words as a weapon. “You are a broken person.” Yeah, that would hurt. But here’s how, Read More


I need to talk to you. You’re the one who’s a little worried about next year. The going-to-college year.   The unknown.   You are taking the leap that it’s going to be good, maybe even great. You are going because that’s the thing that comes next.   But when things are quiet. During, Read More

Oh the places we'll go

There are always some negative emotions when you go to college. That’s just how change works. And the thing we’ve learned to do is avoid those emotions. That’s not so good. Now is the time to find some other ways to deal with negative emotions like being sad or scared or bored, other than, Read More


The first thing to do in any transition is to love yourself. I know, I know, it sounds cheesy. But if you don’t love yourself, you’re going to look for love and comfort outside of yourself. Well, you can imagine the kind of trouble that could get you into. Girlfriends who take advantage of, Read More

It is time to get back in touch with your body. Chances are you have been tuning out your body’s natural signals for years. You have stayed up late to study for a test. You can’t eat when you are hungry, because the bell hasn’t rung for lunch. You go to school even when, Read More