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Why Life is Unfair

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Life is not supposed to be easy. We’re not meant to sit in hammocks and twiddle our thumbs. We’re grown to be both hard and soft, both strong and vulnerable. We’re built to withstand hardship and to be supple and […]

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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 […]

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Learning How to Be Imperfect

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“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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What to Do When Everything is Going Wrong

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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 […]

Coping With Grief & Loss

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One of the those difficult, but inescapable human experiences we all deal with is loss. Sometimes it’s losing a loved one that has us spiraling into sadness and depression. But it can also be the loss of a dream. How […]

How to Be Okay With the Unknown

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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 […]

Refresh Your Spirit This Weekend

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As we transition from a hectic work week into the weekend, it’s important to plan activities that take you from stressed and burnt out to recharged and filled with peace. And there is a way to do so that doesn’t […]

The Three People You Need Right Now

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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 […]

How to Dump Disappointment

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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 […]

Afraid of Being the Fool?

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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 […]

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 […]

The Connection Between Allergies and Mood

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Spring is officially here. You’re either rejoicing the end of the winter blues or mourning the beginning of allergy season. If you’re in the latter category, I feel you. It’s not just a nuisance to deal with headaches, watery eyes […]

Avoid These People When You’re Feeling Down

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When you’re in a good mood, you can almost be around anyone. Tackling your negative aunt or your pessimistic brother doesn’t seem that much of a feat. When you’re feeling good, you can shrug your shoulders, wave away their sour […]

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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