“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy I’m a fool. Well, it’s more accurate to say I’ve been a fool often, and I’m ashamed. My life, no different from many, has had some successes but also
Recently I’ve been spread incredibly thin and, at times, I’ve felt stressed to the max. In addition to being at the tail end of a high-risk pregnancy, with complications, I’ve been working toward various new projects—not just for fulfillment but also because I’ve allowed the business side of running this site to slide for years.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” ~Marcus Aurelius I’ve come to realize that worrying and obsessing don’t help or change anything. Hold up. Wait a minute! Let me rephrase that, because worrying and obsessing do change things. They make your life worse.
“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” – Dalai Lama Sensitivity can feel like a gift or a burden, depending on our relationship to it. If you often feel completely overwhelmed by an overload of stimulation, then your sensitivity probably doesn’t feel like an asset.
Every year, I share a little about Mindful in May, a month-long online meditation program that can dramatically improve your state of your mind and your life, while also transforming the lives of others living in poverty. This year, I was grateful to connect with Mindful in May founder Elise Bialylew to learn more about
“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha When I went on my first diet in my teens (low-carb, it was back in the Atkins days), I wasn’t even overweight. I weighed less than 120 pounds, but my jeans had started to get a little tight, so I
“Even when the sea is stirred up by the winds of self-doubt, we can find our way home.” ~Tara Brach What is it about praise that’s so hard to hear sometimes? You know the drill. You do something noteworthy, like cooking a meal for your friends, or getting on stage to do a talk. Assuming
“If the hurt comes so will the happiness. Be patient.” ~Rupi Kaur What if I said instead of messaging our ex, we had a different choice, a choice that will be even more fulfilling than acting on the urge to share whatever we’re feeling right now? It’s been over a year since I last spoke
“When depressed, simply be depressed. Don’t get depressed about your depression. When depressed, simply be depressed. Don’t fight it, don’t create any diversion; don’t force it to go. Just allow it to happen, it will go by itself.” ~OSHO For a long time, heaviness and dark feelings were very familiar to me. In a strange
“If you accept a limiting belief, then it will become a truth for you.” ~Louise Hay Picking the flimsy gold lock on my groovy denim-covered childhood diary, I’m instantly transported back to my ten-year-old life. Each page duly describes what I what I ate for dinner that day as well as what my two best
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand.” – Hayley Williams How often do you appreciate the pleasure of taking a deep breath? Have you stopped worrying about what the world can do to you, and instead focused on what you can do in the world? Do you actively appreciate your
“When perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun, and fear is that annoying backseat driver.” Brené Brown Sometimes I feel like the girl who cried film. I first wrote a blog post introducing Tiny Buddha Productions three years ago, and despite my earnestness, passion, and enthusiasm, I have only one short film to show for
“Setting boundaries is a way of caring for myself. It doesn’t make me mean, selfish, or uncaring just because I don’t do things your way. I care about me, too.” ~Christine Morgan In my early twenties, I could shout into a megaphone at a political rally of thousands, but I couldn’t decline drinks from strangers
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” ~Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre A common misconception about autistic people is that we don’t care if we’re alone. Of course this varies with each person, but on the whole, it’s untrue. We want to
“What will mess you up most in life is the picture in your head of how it’s supposed to be.” ~Unknown I may have said a few words that hurt my father’s feelings, but… See, here’s the backstory. I’m thirty-four years old, and I started having a relationship with my biological father at age twenty-one.
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ~Ernest Hemingway When I was in my early twenties, I was in a relationship with a man who abused me emotionally and psychologically for many months. It turned out I was his first serious
“It’s never overreacting to ask for what you want and need.” ~Amy Poehler It was yet another stupid argument that escalated from nothing to a hundred miles an hour in seconds. I’d been there so many times before, entrenched in warfare with us both preparing our defenses and priming our attacks. The intense emotions of the
“Every good cause is worth some inefficiency.” ~Paul Samuelson I made a mess yesterday. The mess is still there. Who knows when the mess will disappear. The mess provided me with one of those sense-pleasing plates of food that lingers in the mind long after the last bite. The kind that makes you wonder if there
“What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.” ~Unknown Is there a more precious commodity than time? It’s the currency of life; the most basic finite resource, and we have a responsibility to spend it wisely. It’s up to us each individually to figure out what
“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” ~Lao Tzu We carefully pick out what we wear to the gym to make sure we look good in the eyes of the other gym goers. We beat ourselves up after meetings running through everything we said (or didn’t say), worried that
“The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation.” ~Joseph Campbell If you frequent Instagram or any other social media platform these days, you may notice countless posts about positivity, self-help, yoga, and green juice. And gluten-free everything. Most of us equate these messages with spirituality and good vibes. I won’t disagree. These messages
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ~William Arthur Ward Oliver. Ahh, my heart skips a beat at just the sound of his name. In 2018, a tiny human being arrived on the planet, one who would change my life. In the short nine months my
“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” ~William James Despite being the sort of person who’s constantly generating self-improvement to-do lists, I’ve never been big into making New Year’s resolutions. If I make any at all, they usually occur as an afterthought, frequently after the fact, and without much in
“Sometimes, life will kick you around, but sooner or later, you realize you’re not just a survivor. You’re a warrior, and you’re stronger than anything life throws your way.” ~Brooke Davis No matter how positive we are, how healthily we live, or how much kindness, generosity, or fairness we practice, sh*t happens. To all of
There are some words that get painfully etched into our memories as if with a red-hot poker. For me, growing up, those words were “you’re too sensitive.” I often caught this phrase in the fumbling hands of my shame after someone chucked it at me with callousness and superiority as a means to justify their