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 […]

Feel Hurt in Your Relationship? How to Get Your Needs Met and Feel Closer

Feel Hurt in Your Relationship? How to Get Your Needs Met and Feel Closer

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.” ~Deepak Chopra I used to handle hurtful situations in relationships the same way. I’d get angry, shut down, get irritated, or just give my partner the silent treatment. This just led to more of what I didn’t want—separation, loneliness, and frustration. So […]

How a Numb, Phony Zombie Started Singing Her Own Song

How a Numb, Phony Zombie Started Singing Her Own Song

“Alas for those that never sing, but die with all their music in them!” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes Six years ago, I came across a line from an old poem that punctured my present moment so profoundly it seemed to stop time. On an average Tuesday, there I was, sitting at my desk, ignoring the stack […]

The Signs of a Strong Friendship (and an Unhealthy One)

The Signs of a Strong Friendship (and an Unhealthy One)

“Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” ~Oprah Winfrey “How on earth am I supposed to survive? I have no friends whatsoever!” These were the thoughts that ran through my mind then when […]

7 Reasons I Was Scared to Take up Space and How I Boosted My Confidence

7 Reasons I Was Scared to Take up Space and How I Boosted My Confidence

“You are allowed to take up space. Own who you are and what you want for yourself. Stop downplaying the things you care about, the hopes you have.” ~Bianca Sparacino I deserve to take up more space. Plain and simple. By taking the space I deserve, I further build the confidence I need to live […]

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 […]

How to Set Difficult Boundaries in a Compassionate Way

How to Set Difficult Boundaries in a Compassionate Way

“We can say what we need to say. We can gently, but assertively, speak our mind. We do not need to be judgmental, tactless, blaming, or cruel when we speak our thoughts.” ~Melody Beattie When I first learned about the concept of boundaries, I imagined how freeing it would feel to finally be able to […]