How I’ve Stopped Attracting One-Sided Relationships That Leave Me Feeling Empty

“Curiosity will save your soul.” ~Danielle LaPorte When I was a young girl about age five, my mother volunteered weekly at a nursing home. Because she was a stay-at-home mom, I was required to tag along with her. While she would wheel all the residents into the front room and sing prayers and read devotionals, I… Continue reading How I’ve Stopped Attracting One-Sided Relationships That Leave Me Feeling Empty

All It Takes Is One Person to Start a Chain Reaction of Caring and Kindness

“People will never know how far a little kindness can go. You just may start a chain reaction.” ~Rachel Joy Scott One afternoon a while back, after stepping onboard to a full train car with no available seats, I situated myself in the standing section. A couple of stops later, two passengers vacated their seats,… Continue reading All It Takes Is One Person to Start a Chain Reaction of Caring and Kindness

The Many Shades of Support: Everyone Shows Up for Us in Different Ways

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’” ~Brené Brown What do a pregnancy test, a wheelchair, and an Airbnb have in common? The answer is this story. In… Continue reading The Many Shades of Support: Everyone Shows Up for Us in Different Ways

How a Highly Sensitive Person Can Get Over a Breakup And Move On

“A shoutout to everyone who is trying right now… Trying to do the right thing. Trying to stay open. Trying to keep going. Trying to hold on. Trying to let go. Trying to find their flow. Trying to stay afloat. Trying to meet each new day. Trying to find their balance. Trying to love themselves.… Continue reading How a Highly Sensitive Person Can Get Over a Breakup And Move On

The Messiness of Being Human and Why We Shouldn’t Judge Each Other

“Those who understand will never judge, and those who judge will never understand.” ~Wilson Kanadi I’m waiting for my mother’s nurse to pick up. The hospital recording has been on a loop for twenty minutes: “Our hospital is committed to integrity, to the destitute, the sick. Our physicians and nurses have trained at some of… Continue reading The Messiness of Being Human and Why We Shouldn’t Judge Each Other

Why Fibromyalgia Is the Greatest Gift of My Life

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~Rumi TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains discussions of difficult topics, including suicidal depression and a fatal car accident. I’ve always been an active, athletic person. In my twenties I was huge in tennis, squash, and swimming, and I began every morning with an intense workout… Continue reading Why Fibromyalgia Is the Greatest Gift of My Life

Disordered Eating: What We Need to Understand and How to Heal

“Food can distract you from your pain but food cannot take away your pain.” ~Karen Salmansohn Long before I was watching The Biggest Loser (a popular weight loss reality TV series) and trying to look like a swimsuit model, I was hiding in my closet eating candy, fiercely addicted to sugar. I remember feeling completely… Continue reading Disordered Eating: What We Need to Understand and How to Heal

3 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Set Boundaries and What to Do About It

“Care what other people think, and you will forever be their prisoner.” ~Lao Tzu I love this quote because it is such truth. But I also recognize the difficulty and the uncomfortable feelings that arise when working toward living this quote. There’s a reason why it feels so hard to set healthy boundaries, and that is… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why It’s Hard to Set Boundaries and What to Do About It