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How to Rebuild a Relationship with Someone Who’s Hurt You

“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” ~Unknown My situation is probably not unlike that a lot of people reading this. I grew up in a single-parent home. Don’t get me wrong, I had a pretty happy childhood, ...

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Why I Can’t Always Be the “Strong One” and What I Do Now Instead

“You are not your struggles. You are the survivor who keeps moving forward in spite of them.” ~Lori Deschene  My mom was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder when I was seven years old. It’s a chronic condition that doctors say can be managed but not cured. The symptoms included manic high ...

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How to Face Uncertainty: Why We Don’t Need to Press the Panic Button

“This time, we are holding onto the tension of not knowing, not willing to press the panic button. We are unlearning thousands of years of conditioning.” ~Sukhvinder Sircar This morning I awoke feeling uncertain about the direction my life was taking. Was it what I wanted in all areas? Was ...

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How Social Media Is Helping Me Cope with Grief

“Grief, no matter where it comes from, can only be resolved by connecting to other people.” ~Thomas Horn We had just landed in Chicago. I had spent the last three hours on a flight from New Jersey sitting next to grown-ups who didn’t ask me fifty questions every two minutes, ...

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When Things Have to Change: How to Find the Willpower to Achieve Your Goals

“When it is obvious the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” ~Confucius Do you want to know my biggest fear? I’ve just come out of the closet, my parents have rejected me, and I am terrified, really, really terrified, because I’m completely alone, and ...

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What To Do When the Voices in your Head Disagree

“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace. Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ~Marianne Williamson Muse: I’d love to get another job one day. One where I can feel inspired and give my best gifts to the world! One where they ...

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Anxiety Is Not My Enemy: How I’ve Learned to Accept it And Cope

“You are strong for getting out of bed in the morning when it feels like hell. You are brave for doing things even though they scare you or make you anxious. And you are amazing for trying and holding on no matter how hard life gets.” ~Unknown I couldn’t take ...

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Sensitivity Means Passion, Not Weakness

“The fact that you’re struggling doesn’t make you a burden. It doesn’t make unlovable, undesirable, or undeserving of care. It doesn’t make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. “ ~Daniell Koepke A while back, during one of my therapy sessions, I became acquainted ...

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How Practicing Patience Can Relieve Stress and Anxiety

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” ~Joyce Meyer I used to say, “Patience is a virtue I don’t have.” So, of course, that is how I lived my life. Hurried, exasperated, impatient, and stressed out. Not only was I ...

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The Difference Between Love, Lust, and Attachment: Why We Have It All Wrong

“Try not to confuse attachment with love. Attachment is about fear and dependency and has more to do with love of self than love of another.” ~Yasmin Mogahed The feelings we get when meeting someone new are hard to understand at times. We have biopsychosocial and even spiritual responses and interactions ...

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