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4 Tips for Raising Happy, Emotionally Healthy Children

07.08.2018 in Health, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Love, Stress Management

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“Emotional intelligence begins to develop in the earliest years. All the small exchanges children have with their parents, teachers, and with each other carry emotional messages.” ~Daniel Goleman

I consider myself an expert on the emotional needs of children. Mostly because I was one.

No one goes into parenthood anticipating the ways they will psychologically damage their children. At least I don’t think they do. I hope not. It’s far more likely that most go into parenthood wanting the best for their children, hoping to do more for them than their own parents were able to do.

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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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The Blessing of a Broken Heart: How Pain Can Lead to Healing

30.07.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Relationships, Self Love

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“Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” ~Ruth E. Renkel

My last breakup was on April 16th, 2012.

I remember the date because on the evening of April 17th, as I sat with a blotchy red face and tears in my eyes, my dad told me I soon would remember that day and be glad I was no longer sad. “Men are like buses,” he said. “If one leaves you behind, rest assured another will come.”

I found his support very touching, but it did little to console me.

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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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Relinquish Stereotypes and Just Be Yourself

23.07.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Love, Stress Management

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“Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.”  ~Walter Anderson

Society has a series of unwritten and sometimes unspoken laws they expect both males and females to abide by without question—a perceived set of standards and assumptions which span the generations and often shape, however haphazardly, the development of our youth.

From colors to activities; music to clothing; relationships to careers, an infinite number of stereotypes exist for the opposite sex, and society feels they are judge and jury—bullying,

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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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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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Stop Talking So You Can Start Feeling

28.06.2018 in Empowerment, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Love, Stress Management

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“Don’t hide from your feelings. Press into them. Learn from them. Grow from them.” ~Unknown

There have been times in my life when you could look at my cell phone call log and see back-to-back conversations for hours. I am blessed to have a large support system of loving friends and family, and there have been many times when that has saved me from facing my pain.

If you know anything about attachments styles or are one of millions who suffer from anxiety, you will relate when I tell you that I spent most of my life incredibly anxious.

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Here’s Why I No Longer Believe There’s Something Wrong with Me

28.06.2018 in Empowerment, Healing, Life Path, Life Skills, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Stress Management

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“Our thoughts create our beliefs, meaning if you think about yourself a certain way for a long enough period of time you will ultimately believe it.” ~Anonymous

You’re ugly. You’re stupid. You’re a loser.

Imagine thinking this way about yourself every day. No exaggeration. That was me.

When a girl didn’t want to go on a second date with me, I told myself I was ugly. When I didn’t know what someone was talking about, I told myself I was stupid. When my Instagram post only received two likes,

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You Already Know Your Soul Mate

22.06.2018 in Empowerment, Love, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Self Love, Soulmate

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“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha

During the summer, my husband and I decided to take our lovely nieces and nephew out for a day-of-fun in the city. I expected a day filled with fun, laughter, and connection; I was in store for much more—a lesson in love and truth, told by my eleven-year-old niece.

We were all at dinner and decided to play a game where one person asks a question of their choice, and everyone else answers. The question “Who do you have a crush on?” arose,

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