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Practicing Self-Kindness During the Holidays

I know it’s cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway. Can you believe Christmas is only a week and a half away?! When did that happen?   It’s funny how time works with big events. They can feel so far off – until suddenly they’re looming up in front of you. The busy-ness of…

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20 Questions to Help You Gain Clarity

How many times have we seen it in movies – the main character is stuck at a crossroads and asks a question of his wise old mentor figure. (It’s usually something along the lines of “Which way do I go?”) And almost inevitably, the mentor replies “That’s the wrong question.”   Usually, the main character…

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I Am Grateful for Your Faults

In the children’s classic A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle’s very relatable heroine Meg travels across the universe (several times) to save her family. Despite her fears and her belief that she is deeply unprepared, Meg faces each obstacle as it comes. She suffers for her efforts, and has to come face to face with…

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Why you still feel small around your emotionally abusive family

Learning the dance   When I was in middle and high school, I performed in my dance studio’s annual, original Christmas show: The Adventures of Rudolph. Although the storyline differed from the classic animated movie and song, the show was beloved by young children throughout my area. At this time of year, we would have…

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When You’re Too Much and Not Enough (At the Same Time)

It’s happening again.   Your heart is starting to pound, your palms feel sweaty, and that little voice in your head won’t stop shrieking the same thing: It’s happening again! Those same little “jokes” that always seem to contain a sharp little jab; that same somehow challenging laughter as everyone looks at you expectantly, waiting…

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10 Questions to Help You Get Unstuck

  A few months ago, I downloaded several years’ worth of music from CDs to digital format (Legally! I paid for all of it!). Since then, I’ve started listening to songs I hadn’t played in years.   It’s funny how music can transport you to a different point in your life. When the first few…

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The Highly Sensitive Person in a Narcissistic Home

Have you ever cried while listening to a moving piece of music? Ever looked at an interesting piece of art and found yourself getting goosebumps? Or do you sometimes just know that someone is upset just by standing near them, without them needing to say a word? If this sounds familiar, you might be a…

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Mini-Link Roundup: Fall 2018 Edition

Like a whirlwind – literally overnight, in my neighborhood – we’ve gone from summer to fall. The leaves are beginning to turn, temperatures are dropping, and all around kids are eagerly anticipating their chance to dress up and stuff their faces with candy.   With the change in weather, I find myself a little under…

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A Moment of Connection

Connection is deeply felt   Some experiences don’t lend themselves well to a standard blog article. Some experiences are too deep, too intensely felt to neatly break down into a five-point map of how to solve a problem. Today, I want to speak to those experiences: the deeply personal, deeply internal experiences of coming to…

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Courage of the Survivors: An Open Letter

I had a topic all ready to go for this week. Had my general theme, key points, and a great nerdy example to draw from.   (I really did!)   And then….this week happened.   I don’t know how many of you watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony alleging sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee…

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