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Ableism in Self Improvement Culture

Have you ever been given advice by a well-meaning friend, only to think “that so doesn’t apply to me”? It might have even felt unhelpful. Coincidentally, some parts of the self improvement field act in much the same way. Sometimes leaders forget just how hard life can be. They act like we can just snap our fingers, think positively, and feel way better. If only! Many thought leaders mean well, especially when they’re trying to...

Your Natural Talent Makes You a Gift to This World

You are not a burden. In fact, you are a gift to this world. There is no one on this planet with your unique skills and experience. You and only you have lived your life and, as a result, there are insights that only you have. This makes you an essential part of the world around you. Your natural talent is irreplaceable. You are irreplaceable. You can achieve amazing things when you rely on your...

When You Raise Awareness, You Uplift Yourself and the World

You’re really super awesome and, with that awesomeness, you can change the world. The power of a single voice is often overlooked. We think we need to be a famous speaker or celebrity to make an impact. But, the real work happens with those of us who aren’t these people. We’re the ones that change the mindsets of our communities and families and friends. If none of us ever spoke up about the things we...

Joy comes from living a meaningful life

Joy Comes from Living a Meaningful Life

Joy is like a sun shower. It’s complex. It’s when a storm and bright sunlight coexist. Emotionally, joy comes from a deep sense of fulfillment and purpose and aliveness. Just like the clap of thunder at the same time the sun is shining in your eyes. Because of this, feeling joyous requires one thing from us. When we live a meaningful life, we will find great joy Joy is vivid and expansive and transformative. And the emotion arises...

Your inner power is in every step you take to heal from mental illness, ptsd, depression, anxiety, or any other condition

Your Inner Power is in Every Step You Take to Heal

Living with a mental illness takes some serious strength, and that’s a strength you have. You didn’t choose to have a mental illness, but you are choosing to continue to better yourself and your life despite the challenges you face. This is a choice, to keep going in the face of this hardship. It’s not an easy choice to make, either. When you decide to get up each day, knowing that it’s probably not going...

3 self help ideas making us feel not good enough

3 Self Help Ideas Making Us Feel Not Good Enough

You are so dedicated to your healing, so willing to do the work to recover, and yet there might be a little voice that keeps asking “am I doing enough?” Self help ideas sometimes shame us into thinking we’re not. Despite the transformative offerings in these fields, those of us with mental illnesses and disabilities are left behind. Where are the personal development leaders that live with our conditions? Where are those that understand us? They’re...

How to Find the Best Coping Strategies for You

How to Find the Best Coping Strategies for You

Coping strategies are super important, but the best ones can be a little elusive. Maybe you’ve thought of a fantastic technique to use, but you can rarely find the energy to act on it when you’re distressed. Maybe you always turn towards an instant fix, but you know it actually hurts you in the long run. If you’ve been stumped by either of these things, this episode is for you. Related blog: How to Break Free of Any...

Believe in Your Brilliance and Tame Your Inner Critic

Our inner critic can be one of the harshest voices we hear in the world. It might tell us that we don’t accomplish enough, we’ll never live the life we want to, or that we don’t deserve love. Sometimes it scolds us, tells us we deserve something that we definitely don’t, or flat out lies to us about our abilities. [tweetshare tweet="Your inner critic is really just misguided friend. Show it some love and it will...

7 Strategies to Become a Good Listener

Misunderstandings are stressful. Feeling like a less-than-great friend is no fun either. If you struggle with either of these, this episode will help empower you to overcome them. Fixing this is all possible when you learn to be a good listener. We’ll often hear we have to empathize and conceal our own problems in order to be a good friend. For those of us living with mental illness, this can be a challenge. Whether you’re having...

2 Things to Help You Keep Going When Life Gets Tough

2 Things to Help You Keep Going When Life Gets Tough

We all get tired. Fighting a mental illness every day is no easy task. It takes a lot of strength, courage, and resilience. It takes even more guts to want to thrive beyond recovery—to want to feel joyous and engaged and in love with life. When life gets tough, we naturally want things to slow down. Sometimes, we trick ourselves into believing the only escape is through completely giving up. [tweetshare tweet="It takes guts to thrive beyond...

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