Building Emotional Strength

Reading to Change Your Perspective

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Reading, for me, used to consist of catching up on the Skimm in the morning and sporadically reading articles online from a link through on Pinterest while procrastinating at work. That run-on sentence alone indicates how distanced I became from my formal English education. I’ll admit I got through a shocking amount of AP English ...

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Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Rocks

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I can never resist an ode to Tom Petty, and today was not a diamond. This morning I woke up feeling like a complete failure. I broke my dry January pledge to have some sparkling rose… yes, I know #basic… with friends. My insecurity and fear of being left out commandeered my willpower. A few glasses ...

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The Struggle with Invisible Addictions

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The term addiction used to instantly make me think of an episode of Intervention. I aligned the term strictly with chemical dependencies, and having a family history of alcoholism solidified this limited perspective. In hindsight, I also avoided expanding my perceived scope of addiction because it might mean I was an addict. That was unacceptable. That ...

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Analysis Paralysis – How I Learned to Focus & Take 1 Step at a Time

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Drowning in information… that’s how I felt when I first set out to address the root cause of my autoimmune disease. I was so motivated to learn everything I could about mind body medicine, leaky gut, and the latest treatment methods for Hashimoto’s. I had a purpose and I was on a mission to make ...

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Thanksgiving – A Day for Expressing Gratitude

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I listened to a morning talk show on while I drove into work today (the day before Thanksgiving), and each DJ shared what they were thankful for. This is a tradition of expressing gratitude that my family honors most years, but for some reason this year it resonated with me on a different level. One of ...

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I Hate My Body – A Mantra That Kept My Eating Disorder Alive & Well

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"I hate my body" was practically a mantra in my head for the better part of my adult years.  No body is perfect because perfection is not attainable, nor should it be. If you insist on using the word perfection, at least accept that your definition of perfect is at least slightly different than that ...

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