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Practicing Acceptance

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I think one of the greatest obstacles we grapple with is learning how to accept what is instead of moaning and groaning about what we don’t have. It’s like we’re sitting there one hand full of riches and the other […]

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What’s Causing You the Most Suffering

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What’s causing you the most suffering in life isn’t the things you don’t have or not being grateful for the things you do. The reason why most of us endure so much unnecessary pain is that we believe in the […]

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Sweet Ways to Savor the Weekend

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Remember when weekends were all about doing nothing? When you could lay back and lounge around with a intoxicating book and an ice cold drink? Weren’t those days the best? What happened to our weekends? Why have they been suddenly […]

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Summer Un-Necessities: What You Don’t Need This Summer

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

It’s just a few days until it’s officially summer. This usually signals a mad rush to truly savor the season. But unlike spring, fall or winter, there’s an added expectation that comes with these next few months. So instead of […]

5 Thoughts That Can Sabotage Your Happiness

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“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.”—  Thich Nhat Hanh We often attribute our happiness to external circumstances. But in reality, how happy you are is less dependent on what happens to you and […]

5 Ways to Feel Better Right Now

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Negative emotions can take a toll on even the strong at heart. Sadness can leak out a happy spirit, just as anxiety can steal away a hopeful soul. In moments when we worry, we rob ourselves of love, acceptance and […]

The Best Advice I Ever Got

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Most of the time people throw advice around irresponsibly. They tell you to, “Buck up,” when you’re down or to, “Get over it,” when you’re in the throes of grief. A lot of times they give you advice about things […]

Where the Answers Are

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I spent the long holiday weekend in Georgia where my husband and I had one adventure after another. We saw alligators, hiked through the sweltering heat, and biked in a downpour. But of everything we saw, witnessed, and adored, it […]

The Bright Side of Envy

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

You might as well face it. There will come a time when you look at a friend, classmate, colleague, relative or acquaintance and see right through them. You won’t feel pride, love, or excitement for their latest endeavor, but a shot […]

Finding Your Happy Place

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

How many times have you gotten caught up in drama that wasn’t true? Or lost yourself in the obsession of negative thinking? It’s a constant tape playing that says: you’re not good enough no one likes you you’re a horrible […]

Advice for College Graduates

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It’s graduation season! I couldn’t write this post without one for college grads now could I? Graduating high school was a completely different monster from graduating high school. You grow in college. You get to indulge in exploring who you […]

What to Do When Everything is Going Wrong

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

You ever wake up to a nightmare of a day? The type of day that makes you want to get back into bed, pull the covers over your head and try again tomorrow? Maybe your inbox is flooded with people […]

Don’t Sweat the Weekend

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Got big plans for Mother’s Day this weekend? Or are you on the opposite side of the coin, in agony about doing nothing once again? It’s amazing how much suffering we can cause ourselves over nothing. There is the stress […]

Stop Striving for Normal

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Do enough internet searches on the web and you’ll realize everyone wants to know the answer to this simple question: “Am I normal?” Why do we strive so hard to fit into the norm? What makes being normal appealing instead […]

How to Heal Yourself and the Earth on Earth Day

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Earth Day (April 22) is a great excuse to give back to Mother Earth for all the other days when we’re taking advantage of her. But it’s not just about toting a cute reusable grocery bag, getting rid of the […]

5 Free and Meaningful Gifts Just for You

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Yes I know it’s almost Mother’s Day and Earth Day is coming up. I get enough email newsletters in my inbox to be reminded of that at least 10 times a day. And while they are holidays well-deserving of attention, […]

What’s Standing in the Way of Your Happiness

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It’s  not your annoying neighbor, your stingy boss, your selfish ex or that guy who cut in front of you at the grocery store. The often difficult pill to swallow is that the one person standing between you and your […]

The Three People You Need Right Now

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on the people you should avoid when you’re feeling down. You might know them as the narcissist, the pessimist and the attention seeker. Well just as there are people we should avoid […]

Meaning Amongst Chaos

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

As the Easter weekend approaches, you have several to-do lists that fill your mind. There’s the church service, the egg hunt, the dinner, and of course Easter candy for the kids. The perfect recipe for a (chocolate) melt-down. Holidays have […]

Afraid of Being the Fool?

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Happy Belated April Fool’s Day! Did you escape one of these 100 top hoaxes of all time? Surprisingly, the annual “fear of being fooled day” isn’t as anxiety-provoking as the fear produced by being fooled on an ordinary day. How […]

Why You May Not Need Therapy or a Pill to Feel Better Now

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Mental Health Alternatives to Medication and Counseling Last February, the American Psychological Association (APA) published an article called Lifestyle and Mental Health on the advantages of therapeutic lifestyle changes or TLC on individual and social well-being. While culturally we’re more […]

Spring Cleaning for Your Soul

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Once a year you grab a mop, broom, and garbage bag to make your home sparkle. You don’t think twice about rolling up your sleeves in an effort to partake in an annual spring cleaning, but how many of you […]

Something Life Changing to Do Over the Weekend

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You can use your free time to unwind over the weekend or you can use the time to try something else. If you’d rather decompress with a glass of wine, watch mindless TV, go dancing or take a hike with […]

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