Why You Should Stop Explaining Yourself

What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I’ve seen this quote everywhere. I’m pretty sure it has been rePinned approximately one jillion times. It’s designed to shake you loose from the rigid confines of your own […]
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What To Do If Someone You Love Is In Pain

  It’s really uncomfortable to sit with someone else’s pain. I don’t like feeling helpless. I ache to fix, and when I can’t, I squirm. I think about the days I used to spend in a Buddhist temple, trying to […]
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I Am My Own Worst Bully

I was scrolling through Facebook at the end of a long day when I saw the pictures. Someone in a private group I belong to for parents from our local Girl Scouts troop uploaded an album entitled “Pics From Our […]
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Kind Comments I Can’t Take When I’m Depressed

There are some kind words I just can’t hear. It’s as if they’re being broadcast on an inaudible frequency that affects me the way sonic fences affect dogs. Suddenly, I am a teeth-gritting, fist clenching, curled up ball of prickly […]
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How To Trick Yourself Into Getting Stuff Done

I don’t like to be bossed by anyone, not even myself, which is problematic when you are trying to set personal goals. I also hate failing, which makes the whole goal-setting experience very stressful and paralyzing. Every once in a […]
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You are not Perfect – And that’s Perfectly Okay

Remember that old song by Fairground Attraction? The one from ancient times the ‘80s? “It’s got to beeeeeeeeeeee perfect. It’s got to beeeeeeeeeeee worth it. Too many people take second best, but I won’t take anything less. It’s got to […]
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The Importance Of Self-Care

My children like to play this game called “Drive Mommy Slowly Insane By Expressing a Vague Desire and Then Rejecting Every One of Her Efforts to Help Me Meet It.” Otherwise known as: trying to figure out what to have […]
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Don’t Let Perfection Paralyze You

For many years, I wrote mostly in my head. I might spend an entire day or even a week formulating a single sentence, turning the words over in my mind like agates in a tumbler until they came out gleaming […]
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Depression is a Dirty Liar

According to the National Institute of Medical Health, “Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for […]
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Signs Of Anxiety: What You See Is Not What You Get

When you live with anxiety, you are accustomed to the incessant hum of adrenaline in your veins and the prickly spiders-walking-over-your-skin sensation at the back of your neck. You tell yourself this is the disorder. There are no bogeymen tucked […]
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