Self-Esteem

  • Choices,  Coming Out,  Divorce,  Hardships,  LGBTQ+,  LGBTQ+ Youth,  Self-Esteem

    Table Talks with Mark Thompson: A Minister and Advocate that “Came out” at 50

    I have a real treat for you on today's Table Talks edition of Coffee with Keith.  My guest today is the Rev Mark Thompson.  Mark, father, grandfather, pastor, and social activist, lives in St Ignance, Mich.  He is an Elder in the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served for 35 years.  He cam out at the age of 50 after realizing that being in the closet was leading to more suicidal ideation.  After coming out, he was able to be a stronger advocate, leading the way for more queer clergy and others to feel safe and to live authentic lives.  His advocacy involves creating "safe space" for…

  • Grief,  LGBTQ+,  LGBTQ+ Youth,  Parenting a Queer Child,  Self-Esteem

    Table Talks with Dr. Jessica Rabon: Queer and Trans Youth Mental Health Needs

    There certainly has been a lot of talk in the news and social media lately about the "Don't say Gay," bill in Florida and the anti-trans mandates from the governor of Texas.  Sadly, there are even more such laws and mandates around the country.  In this episode I invited Dr. Jessica Rabon to the podcast to discuss these issues from a Mental Health standpoint.  I think you will love this discussion full of information. Dr. Jess is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in pediatric psychology.  Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety, chronic medial illnesses, LGBTQ+ health, and eating disorders.  She has published a number of peer-reviewed research papers and a…

  • failure,  Personal Growth,  Self-Esteem

    Are You Really Successful?

    It doesn't take long to realize that most people equate success with money.  And listen, I get that.  Sure, making money is important.  But I think success is so much bigger than that.  I also feel that a proper self-created definition of our own personal success will give us something to not only work toward...but also give us moments of achievement and celebration along the path.  In the latest episode of "Coffee with Keith," I share with you two events that made me think long and hard about success and how I would choose to define it.  I invite you to come along! One more thing I want to mention…

  • Body Image,  Self-Esteem

    I hate my “Man Boobs.”

    Is there some part of your physical self that you dislike? If your answer is yes, then I get it. I was a happy and blessed young boy, being gifted with wonderful parents and a comfortable home. I was active and spent most of my days outside riding my bike, climbing trees, and playing games of all kind. I was a skinny little guy with a ton of energy. Then...puberty. For some reason as I entered this major season of life, along with the normal changes, I began to grow what most today would call, "Man Boobs." I still wasn't obese or even fat, but for some reason, I was…