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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...

Optimism and Positivity in Difficult Situations

We all want to be that person who brings joy into our relationships. We all want to uplift others and bring peace to the world around us. Yet, for those of us who have survived trauma or live with a mental illness, being optimistic after such difficult situations can feel nearly impossible. I am here today to share with you that it is not impossible. You can have a bright and positive outlook on the...

Negative thoughts are a myth.

Negative Thoughts are a Myth

This single trick can help you take some of your most critical thoughts and use them to grow faster, better, and stronger. All it takes is a little mental reframing. So, what is this cool thing? It’s that positive and negative thoughts are a myth. Every single thought has a purpose. It has something it can teach us, show us, or help us heal. We can have feel-good thoughts or thoughts that hurt, but this doesn’t...

Overcoming Abuse has truly empowered you

Overcoming Abuse Has Truly Empowered You

Being a victim is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. Victimhood means you have lived through and are overcoming abuse, day in and day out. That’s strength, not weakness. And yet, despite the strength us survivors have, we often feel powerless. I remember thinking I would feel empowered after overcoming abuse, only to have the opposite happen. Instead, I was faced with debilitating mental illnesses and a long road to recovery. I thought I’d lost my...

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...

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...

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