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Letting Go of Our Past Identities: When It’s Time to Move On and Evolve

30.07.2018 in Empowerment, Health, Life Path, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking

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“Life is the dancer and you are the dance.” ~Eckhardt Tolle

The day I decided to leave acting felt like being exorcised from my own body.

I was twenty-nine and had been dreaming of being an actor from the time I first saw a regional production of Cats around the age of eight.

I spent the next twenty-one years with laser focus on making that dream a reality—voice lessons, dance classes, summer theater intensives, constant late night college rehearsals, and finally, top conservatory training.

Even my mother,

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How I’ve Learned to Free Myself from Depression When It Hits

24.07.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Health, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking

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“No feeling is final.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

I’ve battled depression for most of my life. In my younger years, it gripped me pretty frequently. I was first hit with suicidal thoughts at the age of fifteen, and it scared the bejesus out of me. I was young and dumb and had no idea what was happening.

When I was twenty-five it hit again. This time, however, I understood the cause. I was getting divorced, and my entire life was in turmoil.

It was at this time that I decided that I was going to do something about it.

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4 Eye-Opening Realizations That Helped Me Love My Body

20.07.2018 in Empowerment, Health, Personal Development, Self Love, Stress Management

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“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.” ~Amy Bloom

“Just look at yourself!”

“That chubby face, those massive hips and thighs. The stumpy legs.”

“No wonder he doesn’t love you anymore. No wonder he left you for her! She is so much prettier than you are.”

I stood in front of the mirror. Tears streamed down my face. My body was shaking uncontrollably as I stared at it in disgust.

Resentment and anger accumulated in my chest. Heavy, dark, and painful,

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Maybe This Is What Happiness Is

17.07.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Health, Life Path, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Stress Management

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With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit, 
He started to sing as tackled the thing 
That couldn’t be done and he did it.

—Edgar Guest

 

I’ve always believed in the adage “actions speak louder than words.” I’ve never been one to seek guidance from commercial catch phrases, trending tweets, or song lyrics. But Guest’s poem did make me smile. Whether it was the playfulness of the verse or just the simplicity of the message, it spoke volumes to me.

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How to Stop Feeling Lonely and Escape the Emotional Eating Cycle

16.07.2018 in Health, Life Skills, Personal Development, Self Love, Stress Management

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“When you no longer believe that eating will save your life when you feel exhausted or overwhelmed or lonely, you will stop. When you believe in yourself more than you believe in food, you will stop using food as if it were your only chance at not falling apart.” ~Geneen Roth

I used to eat because I was lonely.

Lunch hour at school would last nine billion years. I’d have no one to sit with—I was spotty and mega bossy, and my hobby was copying pages from anthropology books.

Everyone would put a sweater on the chair next to them,

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Why You Can End the Search for Your Purpose Now

13.07.2018 in Empowerment, Health, Life Path, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Relationships, Stress Management

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“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

For some of us, like me, the question, “What is my purpose?” creates a ton of anxiety and a feeling that our self-worth is being undermined.

It’s hard to escape this question because everywhere we turn, finding our purpose and living on a large scale seem to be the main themes of the day. The mounting pressure created by social media and the need to have it all figured out by a certain date exacerbate this search.

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5 Signs You Don’t Know What Your Body Needs

09.07.2018 in Healing, Health, Life Skills, Personal Development

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“The body is a multilingual being. It speaks through its color and its temperature, the flush of recognition, the glow of love, the ash of pain, the heat of arousal, the coldness of nonconviction. It speaks through its constant tiny dance, sometimes swaying, sometimes a-jitter, sometimes trembling. It speaks through the leaping of the heart, the falling of the spirit, the pit at the center, and rising hope.” ~Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves

 

We read about all these things we “should” be doing for self-care,

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Loving Others Without Expecting Them to Fill a Void

28.06.2018 in Empowerment, Gratitude, Healing, Health, Love, Relationships

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“You must love in such a way that the other person feels free.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Conventional notions of what it means to love are populated with expectations for reciprocity, which often gets us into trouble. I know this personally, because whenever I have “freely” given my love and it has not been rewarded with reciprocity, I have often come face to face with my resentment.

This has been especially true of my intimate relationships. I want the people who fall into this category, in particular, to reciprocate my love. I expect them to.

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Why I Chose Authenticity Over Fitting In or Standing Out

22.06.2018 in Empowerment, Health, Life Skills, Personal Development, Self Love, Stress Management

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“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” ~EE Cummings

For many years I felt like a fish out of water, but I desperately wanted to belong in the pond. I grew up wanting to be ‘normal,’ to fit in and be like everyone else. As a result, I was not in touch with who I was because I didn’t think there was another choice.

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4 Ways Introverts Can Super-Charge Their Happiness

19.06.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Health, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Love, Stress Management

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“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.” ~Susan Cain

Do you get ticked off too?

I mean, when people say you’re awkward, naive, and anti-social.

Your feelings get bruised, and then you find yourself drowning in a sea of unhappiness.

All you want is to be normal. To be accepted and to fit in. The more social you try to be, the more uhappy you get.

You’ve worn all the right masks to be normal, but it seems all your efforts aren’t good enough.

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