Category: Mental Health

Are You “Happy?”

A while back, when I was discussing my blog with my dad, he asked me “Why Happiness?” Not in a condescending way, just out of curiosity. Why was so much of my focus on writing, happiness? To me, in some ways, the answer is obvious; Happiness is something we are all searching for. And yet,

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Define Your Values

I’ve been on a Brené Brown kick lately. Although I have been familiar with her work, and loved her viral TedTalk, and hadn’t actually read any of her books. Until last week, when I read two. Dare to Lead and Daring Greatly both discuss the importance of vulnerability and how it can impact personal and

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Parenting on Valentine’s Day

There has been one consistent theme on Valentine’s Day, as long as I can remember, my parents loving me. Growing up, my mom was a Pinterest mom, and Pinterest wasn’t even close to being invented. She always went above and beyond, and still does. Every year, my dad asks my sisters and I to be

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Book Review: The Mask of Masculinity

I recently finished the Book the Mask of Masculinity; And it got me thinking about the masks men wear. What men in my life wear masks? And how can I help men around me remove their masks to live more fully and authentically? Check out the rest of my review on the full blog today!

Moving Beyond Suffering

Beautiful State V. Suffering I was recently listening to an old Tim Ferriss Show Podcast, which featured Tony Robbins. During the podcast, Tony and Tim discuss the two states of being; A beautiful state and suffering. During our lives we are in one or the other. One cannot be suffering just a little bit, but

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Change.

I heard recently that true change cannot occur without experiencing crisis. That one cannot fully embrace change unless some sort of crisis has occurred, creating a catalyst for lasting change. Until we experience something so momentous that we are forced into change, we revert back to our basic instincts and habits, despite our best efforts. 

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Hope.

“We live in the hope.” Three months ago, this would have been a cheeky motivational quote I heard in a Super Soul Sunday Podcast, which I wrote in my notebook because it sounded interesting, but never paid much attention too. Two months ago, I would have thought to myself, ‘that which you seek, seeks you,’

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i missed it.

As I wrote before, it’s been a long month, now few months. What started out as a potential potassium deficiency turned out to be a mental health crisis manifesting through unspecified chest pain (which you can read his account of here). Countless testing and cardiac episodes were actually somatic symptoms of a much larger issue

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Just Breathe

I failed. This past month, with my happiness project, I failed in almost every way. I didn’t read everyday like I planned. I didn’t meditate, or take cold showers. I didn’t eat healthy, at times I hardly at all. My topic this month was to embrace life, and love my fate; amor fati. I failed.

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3 Degrees of Kindness

This month’s focus has been kindness, specifically LovingKindness. Until recently, I wasn’t even away of this word, LovingKindness. I was recently listening to a Tim Ferris Podcast featuring Sharon Salzberg, which discussed the practice of LovingKindness. Salzberg is a leader in meditation, and focuses on using meditation, to increase happiness. LovingKindness is a type of

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