How Spending Time Alone Helped Me Overcome My Loneliness

How Spending Time Alone Helped Me Overcome My Loneliness

“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” ~Jean-Paul Sartre I have spent most of my life surrounded by people, which is probably why I never realized I was lonely. For the majority of my adult life, the only quiet times I had to myself were the very start and very end of […]

39 Supportive Things to Say to a Male Survivor of Sexual Assault

39 Supportive Things to Say to a Male Survivor of Sexual Assault

“One in six men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their life. It doesn’t make us weak or less masculine—nor should it. Rather, we, as men, should encourage other men to speak up, to be courageous, share this burden with others, and to attend therapy and take medication. There is such a thing […]

The First Thing You Need to Do If You Want to Change Your Life

The First Thing You Need to Do If You Want to Change Your Life

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” ~Eckhart Tolle There are two ways to live life. One is a more reactive approach, where you fight back when you encounter challenges in your personal or professional life. The other is a more proactive one where you are mindful of the trends within you and around you […]

If You’re in a Painful Relationship and Considering Estrangement…

If You’re in a Painful Relationship and Considering Estrangement…

“I understand the life around me better, not from love, which everyone acknowledges to be a great teacher, but from estrangement, to which nobody has attributed the power of reinforcing insight.” ~Nirad C. Chaudhuri I was brought up to understand that family is family.  So I have naturally given great weight to the importance of […]

How to Let Go of the Need to Control People and Life

How to Let Go of the Need to Control People and Life

“Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.” ~Jackson Kiddard Fellow perfectionists, I’m guessing you know what it’s like: the constant need to control life and other people to ensure everything goes smoothly and everyone’s okay. It’s a maddening, exhausting habit, since the only thing we can control is ourselves. But we […]

Why Judging People Is Really About You (Not Them)

Why Judging People Is Really About You (Not Them)

“It’s easy to judge. It’s more difficult to understand. Understanding requires compassion, patience, and a willingness to believe that good hearts sometimes choose poor methods. Through judging, we separate. Through understanding, we grow.” ~Doe Zantamata “Why doesn’t he say something?” I was sitting at the dinner table with my partner and friends. Everyone was interacting […]

If You’re Insecure and Afraid of Rejection Like Me…

If You’re Insecure and Afraid of Rejection Like Me…

“How brave the moon shines in her skin; outnumbered by the stars.” ~Angie Welland-Crosby I have this reoccurring dream where I am about to teach a yoga class. I stand to teach, and no one is paying any attention to me. They are all distracted or in deep conversation with one another and have no […]

How to Let Go of the Need for Approval: What to Do and Not to Do

How to Let Go of the Need for Approval: What to Do and Not to Do

“Confidence isn’t ‘they will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t’.” ~Christina Grimmie No one likes rejection. Some people have gotten comfortable with it, perhaps have even reframed it as something positive, but most of us prefer that other people approve of us and our choices. It gives us a sense of […]

8 Ways to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You

8 Ways to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think of You

“You can’t force anyone to value, respect, understand, or support you, but you can choose to spend your time around people who do.” ~Lori Deschene It can be paralyzing. The worry about what other people think about you, I mean. That worry can hinder you from pursuing your dreams. It can stop you from expressing […]

What If There’s Beauty on the Other Side of Your Pain?

What If There’s Beauty on the Other Side of Your Pain?

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” ~Albert Einstein “I don’t want to live anymore. I don’t want to be here. I can’t do this. It hurts too much. It’s too hard.” I’m curious how many times I’ve heard these words over my lifetime. From different people, […]