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Happy Haven with Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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What’s Causing You the Most Suffering

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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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5 Ways to Feel Better Right Now

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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 […]

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Learning How to Be Imperfect

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

“Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” ~ Harriet Braiker It could be a joke that I’m writing this post. After all, I’ve been known to discard drawings and crumple up grade school art projects because it […]

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How to Be Shameless

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

There’s been something weird going on with me lately. Or maybe it’s been like this for awhile. I noticed that every time I create something, I have a tinge of something. Something that comes from a deep place, but difficult […]

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 […]

Give Yourself Permission to Be

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

{flickr photo} Like reptiles we shed our soft baby skins and soft, playful spirits when we leave childhood. We embrace a tougher skin and more brittle insides that we think come with adulthood. “We’re grown-ups now,” we say to ourselves. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rethinking Failure and Success

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I bet the last time you made a mistake you thought it was a failure right? You messed up at work. You screwed up your relationship. You made a flub, error, blunder, a big snafu on a check, when driving, […]

How to Be Okay With the Unknown

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I guarantee our ancestors were better at it than we are. They didn’t have smart phones back then, or tablets, or digital notebooks. They looked to the stars for guidance and their hearts for hope. And when it got really […]

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 Dump Disappointment

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

One of the most difficult things to contend with in life is disappointment. It’s the reason why we hold back our emotions, why we’re consistently indecisive and why we’re afraid of taking big risks. It goes something like this… Once […]

Tools to Improve Your Mood

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

There have been many times in my life when I was surrounded by a multitude of friendships. And equally times when I have felt alone. What I realized is that it’s often not the quantity of friendships you have that […]

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