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  • How I Healed My Strained Relationship with My Mother
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    How I Healed My Strained Relationship with My Mother

    “Give without remembering. Receive without forgetting.” ~Unknown It was Sunday, April 12, 2015. I had just finished my grocery shopping and was about to leave the parking lot when I noticed a call from my dad. I called him back so we could talk for a few minutes. He said, “Troy died.” I thought of… More

  • The Little Things in Life Are the Ones That Matter Most
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    The Little Things in Life Are the Ones That Matter Most

    “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” ~Muhammad Ali I followed a little boy in Walmart today. He didn’t look like my son and yet I trailed him and his mother all over the store. I curled my fingers around the shopping cart so I… More

  • Where My Social Awkwardness Came From and How I’m Getting Past It
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    Where My Social Awkwardness Came From and How I’m Getting Past It

    “We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known…” – Brene Brown I’ve recently become increasingly aware of my social awkwardness. In fact, my awareness of it sharpened quite suddenly one day as I was innocently talking to a colleague about work-related matters. When I managed… More

  • Whatever Is Taken for Granted Will Eventually Be Taken Away
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    Whatever Is Taken for Granted Will Eventually Be Taken Away

    “They say ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.’ The truth is, you knew exactly what you had. You just didn’t think that you were going to lose it.” ~Unknown She was a mother of eight children. She lived with her family in a small village in the countryside. Living in a poor… More

  • Yes, I Do Matter
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    Yes, I Do Matter

    “Love yourself like your life depends on it. Because it does.” ~Danielle LaPorte Thank you website impersonator. I appreciate you. In fact, you may be one of my best teachers. Whoa. What? Most people wouldn’t normally think of extending gratitude for someone who steals your words, impersonates your personal story, and uses your images online.… More

  • 8 Tips So You Don’t Lose Yourself In Your Next Relationship
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    8 Tips So You Don’t Lose Yourself In Your Next Relationship

    “Never lose yourself in a relationship. Love your partner fiercely, but always follow your unique dreams and desires. Be true to yourself.” ~Unknown All my previous relationships drained me. Not only because I was with the wrong men and kept trying to make things work where there was no way, but also because I was… More

  • The Wounds of Rejection Heal With Self-Love and Self-Awareness
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    The Wounds of Rejection Heal With Self-Love and Self-Awareness

    “There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.” ~Laurie Halse Anderson It began in elementary school. I was a chubby immigrant with a thick accent and hand-me-down clothes. I so badly wanted the… More

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