How a Cancer Misdiagnosis Helped Me Face and Heal from Health Anxiety

How a Cancer Misdiagnosis Helped Me Face and Heal from Health Anxiety

“Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.” ~Robert Tew “I have bad news. I am sorry. You have cancer.” Sitting in the cold, clinical doctor’s office on a snowy, cloudy January day in Chicago, I was six months postpartum with my daughter, and I felt like I had woken up […]

Where My Depression Really Came From and What Helped Me Heal

Where My Depression Really Came From and What Helped Me Heal

“How you do one thing is how you do everything.” ~Unknown One afternoon, during a particularly low slump, I was getting out of the shower. Quickly reaching for something on the sink, I knocked an old glass off the counter, shattering it onto the floor. In most cases, one might experience stress, frustration, or sadness […]

One Question for Anyone Who’s Stuck in a Rut: What Do You Believe?

One Question for Anyone Who’s Stuck in a Rut: What Do You Believe?

“You become what you believe, not what you think or what you want.” ~Oprah Winfrey What do you believe? During the forced stillness of the pandemic environment we’re all living in, this is a question I’ve been faced with more intensely than ever. In particular, I’ve come to question what I believe about myself, and […]

When a Loved One Commits Suicide: Healing from the Guilt and Trauma

When a Loved One Commits Suicide: Healing from the Guilt and Trauma

“You will survive, and you will find purpose in the chaos. Moving on doesn’t mean letting go.” ~Mary VanHaute I was ten years old when I discovered the truth. He didn’t fall. He wasn’t pushed. It wasn’t an accident. He jumped. Suicide isn’t a concept easily explained to a six-year-old, much less her younger siblings, […]

The Fascinating Reason We Sabotage Ourselves and Hold Ourselves Back

The Fascinating Reason We Sabotage Ourselves and Hold Ourselves Back

“Sometimes we self-sabotage just when things seem to be going smoothly. Perhaps this is a way to express our fear about whether it is okay for us to have a better life.” ~Maureen Brady Have you ever decided to try something new—like getting into a new relationship or doing something that would help you experience […]

Learning to Honor My Grief When the World Has Become Desensitized to Loss

Learning to Honor My Grief When the World Has Become Desensitized to Loss

“The answer to the pain of grief is not how to get yourself out of it, but how to support yourself inside it.” ~Unknown  Since losing my husband Matt over eight months ago to cancer at the age of just thirty-nine, I have noticed so many changes happening within me, and one of those changes […]

How I Finally Healed When I Stopped Believing a Diagnosis of Incurable

How I Finally Healed When I Stopped Believing a Diagnosis of Incurable

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” ~Rumi The quarantine has felt oddly familiar. That’s because I spent thirteen years largely homebound with a mysterious, viral-like illness. It even started with a cold on a flight back from Asia in 2005. My nose was an open faucet, and my head felt […]

How I Reclaimed My Life When I Felt Numb and Unhappy

How I Reclaimed My Life When I Felt Numb and Unhappy

“All appears to change when we change.” ~Henri-Frédéric Amiel The biggest life-changing moment in my life would have looked unremarkable to an outsider looking in. I was at a point in my life (my late twenties) where everything seemed to look good on paper. I had a great job, I was living in downtown Seattle, […]

20% Off Sale: Mindfulness Kit, Recreate Your Life Story eCourse, and More

20% Off Sale: Mindfulness Kit, Recreate Your Life Story eCourse, and More

Hi friends! Since we’re quickly approaching the spring—a time of new beginnings and rebirth—I decided to offer two life-changing products at 20% off, for a limited time only. I’m also offering all of my inspirational shirts at the same discount, because the uplifting messages can help you and the people around you feel and be your […]

How to Get Through Your Darkest Days: Lessons from Addiction and Loss

How to Get Through Your Darkest Days: Lessons from Addiction and Loss

“You are never stronger…than when you land on the other side of despair.” ~Zadie Smith In the last years of my twenties, my life completely fell apart. I’d moved to Hollywood to become an actor, but after a few years in Tinsel Town things weren’t panning out the way I hoped. My crippling anxiety kept […]