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A lesson on comparing journeys from a tomato plant

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. May was an insanely busy month for me, but it was also full of so many lessons and insights, which I can’t wait to share with you over the next few months. 🙂 And today’s lesson actually comes from a…

What negative labels are you carrying around?

As you may recall from my last email, I’ve been reading a book by Joel Osteen called Think Better, Live Better. It’s all about reprogramming your mind to think more positively so that you can have a more fulfilling life. One of the concepts addressed in the book is the idea…

Why it’s not healthy to be positive all the time

Have you ever felt like you had to wear a smile 24/7? For any number of reasons, we often feel compelled to keep up the illusion that ‘everything’s fine’. Maybe it’s because we don’t want to worry our friends and family. Maybe we don’t want to be seen as a…

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…

When you feel unneeded

I’ve just finished watching the movie 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…

What to do when you feel discouraged and want to give up

According to a plethora of research (with which I won’t bore you), by this point in the year, the majority of people have slacked off on their resolutions and have altogether given up on them. Now as you may remember from my previous post on alternatives to making resolutions (read…

How to show love to others

On February 4, 2015, Posted by , In Friendships,Growth,Joy,Love,Peace,Self Image,Spirituality, With No Comments

My mom’s been a busy bee this past week. She’s been clearing out my dad’s office (for those not familiar with my story: my dad passed away in September 2013 from cancer). Today, she went through the drawers in his desk and as it turns out, my dad had saved…

How to deal with unsupportive friends

Tomorrow in America is Thanksgiving Day, also known as the day when we sit around a table with loved ones and offer gratitude over a beautiful meal. (Of course, many families do this every day). The day after Thanksgiving is known as ‘Black Friday’.  It’s the biggest shopping day of…

How to stop worrying about what people think of you

Like most people, I always wanted to be liked by…well, everyone! By my family, by my friends, by readers of stories I published online, by fellow club members, by classmates, by the random clerk at the grocery store… I would provide the answers I thought people would want to hear;…