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The Truth About Comfort

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Fear if left alone will only grow bigger. And if confronted can reap so many unexpectedly beautiful things. Such a small choice like deciding to go out with a new friend or trying a new restaurant, a new way home, […]

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Why Life is Unfair

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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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Don’t Let Fear Overrun Your Faith

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

That’s the thought that overpowered me over a decade ago when I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work part-time as a private investigator. And it’s visiting me again. It’s so easy for me to fall into the trap of fear. […]

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Be Your Own Needle in a Haystack

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I know that quote’s about how hard it is to find things. But I think it may have dual meanings. If you’ve grown up like I have in a community/family/school where everyone is a haystack, it must have been hard […]

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 […]

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. […]

Why You’re Never Alone

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

During the most difficult moments in my life, I often felt alone. The intensity of the experience (the drop to the knees variety) was so acute that it felt as if all security and stability had fallen away. Like standing […]

Am I On the Right Path?

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

It’s a question that may plague you while you’re at work, relaxing on the weekend or tossing and turning in bed at night. It’s a question difficult to avoid and one that often emerges unexpected. It could be a strong, […]

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 […]

All the Courage You’ll Ever Need You Had as a Baby

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Doesn’t it seem like we have all the courage we’ll ever need as children and somehow we lose it as we become adults? As a child, I used to kill roaches with my chubby bare hands, ride roller coasters that […]

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 […]

Something Life Changing to Do Over the Weekend

posted by Brandi-Ann Uyemura

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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