The Road to Worthiness is Paved with Imperfection

Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do. Brené Brown Have you ever met someone who exudes confidence, someone who’s so comfortable in their own skin that you can’t help but feel empowered when you’re around them? They don’t always know the right thing to say and…

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Calling All Bookworms: Summer Edition

From the time I was young, books have been among my steadiest comrades, accompanying me through all seasons of life. Nowadays you’ll find my nose buried in a page-turner in checkout lines, waiting rooms, park benches, and patios. It should come as no surprise that I’ve fallen prey to biting off more books than I…

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The Impersonal and the Intimate: An Unlikely Pairing

There are moments when life feels strangely intimate: when you turn on the radio and your favorite song starts to play; when a newborn curls its tiny hand around your finger; when you catch a beautiful sunset on your drive home; when you have just the right amount of change in your purse for a…

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If You’re Feeling Stuck, Look Inward

If you’ve ever had a time in your life when you’ve felt like giving up, you’re not alone. I’d venture that many, if not most of us, have reached points when we’ve wanted to close the door on a relationship, a longtime goal, a time-consuming project, a career move, or some other aspect of our…

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Three Minutes and a Pair of Socks

This past November as I was driving home, I came to a familiar intersection where a homeless woman stood with a sign asking for help. I’d seen her numerous times before, but had always stopped short of giving. On this instance, I reached into my wallet and gave her my spare change, mostly pennies, amounting…

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Write a Letter (To Yourself!)

There’s a beautiful practice I want to introduce today: writing yourself a letter. I learned about it a few years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. If it sounds silly or strange, I encourage you to keep reading. You don’t have to be an eloquent wordsmith or an experienced writer. All you need…

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Spilling Over

Within each and every one of us, there is a place of inner stillness from which our thoughts and dreams arise. It’s hard to pinpoint, easily escaping our limited grasp. How do you find this place within yourself? There are many reasons why we may fail to recognize this dwelling space deep inside: anger or…

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12 Ways to Start Being Your Own Best Friend

Think about your closest friends. Your friendships may span months, years, or even decades. You might have a dozen best friends you can call on day or night, or maybe your pack has always been small and mighty. Any way you count them, our friends teach us who we are and help us toward who…

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Letting Go

During a recent silent meditation, I found myself feeling distracted. As the minutes wore on, I wondered how much time was left and felt restless at the thought of sitting in quiet solitude any longer. To my relief, the familiar bell soon rang signaling the end of the practice. I’ve had this experience during meditation…

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