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Freedom

How many of you wonder what it takes to actually be free?  I am not talking about the amazing freedom our armed forces and government provide. I am talking about the freedom that comes from not being chained to any circumstance or belief in life.  The freedom to be yourself and avoid getting caught up …

The Power of Shame

Shame is a great motivator.  Unfortunately, the motivation that comes from shame is usually negative.  Shame begins in childhood when caregivers work to motivate children’s behaviors.  As we grow, shame becomes a part of our self talk and a means that others can use to control us.   Instead of using shame, I think we should …

Side Stepping

The words “side stepping” can mean many things.  The words can also hold a negative or positive meaning.  In the context I am writing about, side stepping is a tool.  You see, as an empath, I have difficulty separating my feelings and emotions from the feelings and emotions of others.  There are times that I …

Self Care

Over the years, I have read many posts and articles on self care.  The most amusing articles poke fun at the standard “take a bubble bath” self care.  I have found self care to involve a wide range of activities.  By far, the most important aspect of self care is not overdoing it.  If you …

Veils

Sounds like wedding garb, I know.  One of the greatest barriers to change is clinging to veils.  So what exactly are veils?  Veils are the beliefs that hold us back from progress.  To go more in depth, rigid thinking causes veils.  Although always changing your mind is not a good idea, it is good to …

Life’s Success

Many of the people I have worked with, including myself, have had rock bottom experiences.  There is nothing quite like the loss of hope.  Hope is the thing that helps us overcome obstacles.  Hope drives us to do more and keep trying even when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.  …

An Ode to Social Norms

Social norms, the bane of existence, in my opinion.  Before I go too far into this topic, it is important to point to out that a character formed from principles, a high amount of self control, and the unwillingness to harm self or others is necessary before bucking social norms.  I also will say, I …

Big Picture Life View

Viewing life from the big picture, in my mind, offers great advantages.  Not only can you plan well and avoid mistakes, you can prevent life from becoming unnecessarily chaotic.  I am an introvert by nature.  As an introvert, I am an observer.  I also do not believe I know everything.  This unique set up makes …

Can We Be Real?

When reading self help articles I often end up thinking, really?!  Maybe some people truly have surface issues that take only an attitude change to solve.  Most of the issues I have experienced personally and through others come from a combination of factors including: choosing the wrong people, not taking time out for him/herself, lack …

Creative Outlets

Creative outlets offer the chance of expanding your mind, adding to your purpose, and finding satisfaction.  Your creativity allows you to explore life on your own terms.  There is something wonderful about exploring life without limits, the only rule being you do not harm yourself or others.  There are infinite ways to express your creative …