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Finding freedom from the fear of failure

Finding Freedom from the Fear of Failure

Failure is a natural and beautiful part of reaching our goals. It arises when we take the risks necessary to expand our lives, ourselves, and our world. This is why a fear of failure can significantly hold us back. It can keep us bound to a past we no longer want to be a part of. The fear of failure is so common because we see our shortcomings as a negative reflection on ourselves. We say...

5 ways we can better accept mental health issues

5 Ways We Can Better Accept Mental Health Issues

There is a lot of work that needs to be done to accept people living with mental health issues. We fight daily stigma, misunderstanding, and conflict when living with a mental illness. Despite the world needing to change so much, we can make a huge impact when we speak up, even as one single person. Mental health issues are common. According to NAMI, 1 in 5 adults experience a mental illness. 1 in 25 experience that...

The power you unleash when you share your story

The Power You Unleash When You Share Your Story

How do you know when it’s the right time to share your story? The best place is where you feel empowered, safe, and capable of inspiring others. But, how do you find this? Know that your story matters. It will change someone’s life when you share it. It will give them hope, and optimism, and remind them to keep going. You made it through and, by hearing you share your story, they will know that they...

Why Pursuing Happiness is Not the Best Goal

Happiness is an awesome emotion. It’s enjoyable to feel and easy to embrace—it’s something we truly want a lot of in our lives! Despite it’s general awesomeness, it’s completely irrational to expect to have this feeling 24/7. For this reason, pursuing happiness as our main goal is not the smartest thing for any of us to do. I don’t want to discount how wonderful happiness is. It’s important to seek out and to strive for greater...

The Type of Self Care You Really Need

Feeling stressed when you think of self care? Like you’re not able to do everything you “should,” that you’re falling behind? Well, isn’t that kind of backwards? Self care should be about truly honoring our needs and it should come from a place of love and self respect, not obligation or pressure from society. When we treat self care like something we’re obligated to do, we set ourselves up for feeling bad if we can’t...

Authenticity, Self Love, and Feeling Broken

Life can be hard. The things we experience can tear us down. Feeling broken after experiencing trauma is not rare, in fact, it’s all too common. The recovery and the illnesses we face after are not easy to live with—it can truly feel like the trauma damaged us. I know this is tough to experience. I have been there, I have felt that confusion and pain and struggle. But I want you to remember this: You are...

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Your Mental Illness

You are not a burden for being mentally ill. There is nothing wrong with having a disorder, a sickness, or an illness. Having mental health needs is absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. Every single person on this planet has needs. Every single person struggles and you have a right to struggle too. Even if your needs come up a little more often than your peers because you have a mental illness, that’s okay. You’re not...

Personal development isn't a race

Personal Development Isn’t a Race

Imagine you’re going along at a great pace, jogging and confident in your every stride. Then zoom, a friend flies past you, seemingly sprinting the marathon you’re running! If you’re anything like me, you might think “hey, wait! Why can’t I run that fast?” I’m not a marathon runner, but I’ve faced this same feeling up close and personal with my own personal development. And I doubt I’m alone in feeling this way. So many of...

Ableism in self improvement culture. Text on faded image of leaves on a tree.

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...

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...

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