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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

  • How Forgiving Yourself and Others Changes Your Brain
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    How Forgiving Yourself and Others Changes Your Brain

    “Be quick to forgive, because we’re all walking wounded.” ~Anonymous People often behave in ways that we find irritating, annoying, or worse. This can happen especially with people close to us. They can speak with little consideration for the impact of their words. They can criticize us and pounce on our mistakes. Sometimes they do… 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

  • Easing a Broken Heart: 5 Ways to Reframe Rejection
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    Easing a Broken Heart: 5 Ways to Reframe Rejection

    “When the wrong people leave your life, the right things start to happen.” ~Zig Ziglar The end of a relationship triggers many grief emotions, but when a couple breaks up because one person decides that it’s over, there is a very distinct pain: the sting of rejection. It doesn’t matter whether things had been difficult… More

  • How I Learned to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions
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    How I Learned to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions

    “Sometimes I think I need a spare heart to feel all the things I feel.” ~Sanober Khan I felt her agony and loneliness as if it were my own. Even as I write that sentence, my eyes well up and heaviness fills my heart. Then, I’m reminded to apply the advice I give others. My… More

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