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Beware! Complaining can damage your brain…

Have you ever heard of a show called Fashion Police? It entails a panel of fashion ‘experts’ dissecting what celebrities are wearing at red carpet events. More often than not, it tends to lean toward these so-called ‘authorities on fashion’ slamming, criticizing, and tearing down others. For a lot of…

How I flipped the script on a scarcity mindset

As many of you know, I’m a novelist. It’s been a dream of mine since I was 6 years old. One day, I’d like a book of mine to be a New York Times Bestseller. As an author, I naturally follow other authors on social media sites to stay up…

In the wake of Orlando’s tragedy

On June 13, 2016, Posted by , In Fear,Joy,Love,Peace,Support, With No Comments

As many of you may have already heard by now, the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred in Orlando this past weekend. Some of you may know that Orlando is where I make my home. Indeed, the shooting took place at a venue located just 20 minutes from where…

How to love more and feel more loved

As we draw closer to the end of the year, I’d like to talk about personal reflection, which I’m a big advocate for! I’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and personal reflection myself these past weeks (though, admittedly, it’s something I do year-round too). For instance, I recently took…

How to bring love into the world

I have no doubt you’ve heard of the influx of violence in our world as of late. Mass shootings, terrorist attacks, police brutality, fatal domestic disputes… It’s all incredibly heartbreaking, and it begs the question: why is there so much pain, hate, and anger in the world? I’ve heard everyone…

My thoughts on Caitlyn Jenner and Courage

Today, I wanted to share some thoughts on courage. You may have heard that recently, Olympic legend Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman. Her name is now Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn Jenner was recently honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY’s. It’s not limited to…

How understanding my personality helped me be happier

Today, I want to talk about personality, particularly about the whole introvert/extrovert dichotomy. While I generally don’t like to pigeon-hole myself because I feel we are so much more complex than labels allow for, I do believe that when it comes to understanding the way we operate on a personality…

3 ways to build emotional support

My last blog post (check it out here) was all about what to do when you feel unneeded. One of my recommendations toward combating the sadness that comes with feeling unneeded was to create moments of happiness in your life. In yesterday’s email, I provided you with a website to…

When you feel unneeded

I’ve just finished watching the movieĀ Paddington. Yes, the children’s movie. (Sometimes I think children’s movies tell better stories than ‘adult’ movies to be honest!) In the movie, Paddington (voiced by the wonderfully talented Ben Whishaw), arrives in London per his aunt’s encouragement, where she’s sure he’ll find a loving home…

How to stop being passive aggressive

One thing I’ve especially been learning lately is how to express my feelings, my needs, and my wants. Somewhere along the way, I perfected the art of passive-aggressiveness. If I was upset with someone, instead of telling them that I was upset and explaining why, I would communicate it in…