Life Lessons

Sometimes Quitting Is the Ultimate Self-Care

Self-change. Personal growth. Self-improvement. Growth mindset. Whatever you call it, I’ve been doing it for a long time. Not by reading a bunch of self-help books — though nothing is wrong with that — but by simply being curious and investigating my own patterns and noticing my own thoughts and self-talk. Coupled with mindfulness, this […]

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Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.

Rumi
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Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem
Life Lessons, Minimalism

Letting Go of Old Wants and Beliefs

I’ve always wanted a library, so when I started my journey towards intentional living, I assumed I’d be one of those minimal-ish people who lived with generally less but still had a lot of books. The room I envisioned had enough windows to provide plenty of sunlight. A cushy chaise lounge nestled under the biggest […]

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Life Lessons

Recovering From Shopping Addiction: Relapse and Forgiveness

This is a follow-up post to How I Treated My Shopping Compulsion. Complete recovery — both emotionally and financially — from my compulsive shopping disorder took many years. Recognizing the problem was the first of many steps on the road to recovery, but one I didn’t anticipate was relapse. Every time I relapsed and made […]

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Life Lessons

Why I Pay For Software I Value

It seems like since the dawn of technology, we humans have found innovative ways to avoid paying for anything. Music was pirated, movies were bootlegged, and anything else that could be distributed electronically was most definitely and illegally passed around for free. While some of us may not be able to pay for financial reasons, […]

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Life Lessons

How I Treated My Shopping Compulsion

With Buddhism, mindfulness meditation, the KonMari Method™, and forgiveness I have a menstrual cycle-related mood disorder called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (read PMDD Is Real — Let’s Talk About It for more info), but even before my diagnosis, I recognized how important self-care is for physical health and mental wellness. Unfortunately for me, what started out as self-care slowly morphed into self-indulgence […]

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Tasting defeat and savoring victory is what leads us to grow.

Jujutsu Kaisen, episode 121
Life Lessons

Slow and Steady Is the Real Deal

And it applies to everything in life In the past, I was too intimidated to try National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) because writing 50,000 words in 30 days seemed like an insane idea. I just didn’t think I could do it. Then this year, I organically started writing a nonfiction book, and after being inspired […]

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Life Lessons

I Manage Fear and Anxiety With These 7 Words

I was a fearful, anxious kid who grew into a fearful, anxious adult. For a long time, I didn’t like trying new foods, going to new places, or meeting new people and was essentially closed off to new experiences. I was also, to varying degrees, anxious or fearful most of the time; things like confrontation, […]

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