Posts in Self-Discovery
How Compassion May be Harming Your Health + 3 Self-Care Tips

What do you think of when you read the word “compassion?”

Maybe you think of some generous heart taking care of people in Calcutta, or some foreign aid mission. Or maybe you think of someone donating their time at a soup kitchen, or volunteering their time at a seniors’ care facility. Maybe you think of holding the door for the person behind you or giving up your seat on the train for someone who needs it. The majority of the time when we think of the word compassion we think of people doing something to help others.

The truth is, the foundation of all positive interaction between ourselves and other beings is rooted in compassion.

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Use These Practices to Deepen Your Self-Care Routine

I must admit, there are days when functioning like a normal human being seems extremely difficult. 

I’ll wake up in the morning and not feel quite like myself. Sometimes, I don’t want to get out of bed, get dressed, or even communicate with another human being in person. This could simply be because I woke up feeling down, my self-esteem is on the low side that morning, or I am just not feeling up to the day. On these days, I find that it is important to encourage myself to get up, be productive, and accomplish whatever goals that I have.

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From Wish to Reality: Practical Steps to Making Your Dreams Come True

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.” 

I know you just sang that in your mind, didn’t you? I love this song so much. Cinderella was one of my favorite movies to watch with my daughter when she was a little girl. It set the stage for teaching her to reach for her dreams. It taught the little girl in me to believe in impossible dreams. Yet, I have come to realize that a wish can remain just that. There are necessary steps we need to take in order for a dream to become a reality.

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What to do if You’re in an In-Between Season

Are you currently in the middle of your story?

Maybe you’re trying to lose weight, find peace with your inner-dialogue, start your very own business, get pregnant, stop constantly comparing your journey to another, get out of debt, overcome an addiction, ditch shame, cultivate radical body confidence, or fall in love. Is that you? I know how uncomfortable transition and incomplete stories can feel, especially in our digital era where completion is praised every single day. 

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Five Ways to Maximize Your Counseling

On any given day you can find me sitting in my blue leather chair while someone sits on my cozy blue couch. 

I make sure the Kleenex box is always replenished and I have a soft blue blanket that holds many a snotty tear. No, I am not a weird human with an affixation to the color blue, I am a counselor. I consider it to be the greatest honor to hold stories, space and hope for women as they walk the courageous journey back towards their truest, most authentic selves. 

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4 Actions to Take When You Feel Unappreciated 

How many times have you worked really hard, put all of your strength into a project, situation, effort or another person only to feel unappreciated?

The feeling of being unnoticed for your efforts or for your time can be discouraging. A giving person puts her time, emotions, energy, spirit, mind, and body into those she loves or into that for which she is passionate.  Unfortunately, all of her energy, time, emotions, and so forth are often not reciprocated. So how does one find the energy to continue giving when faced with the feelings of being unappreciated?

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7 Steps to a Powerful Come-Back

I spent my entire life fearing failure and, in true law of attraction manner, experiencing it time and time again. 

I’ve failed myself: in business, as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, you name it! The kicker is that failing doesn’t define your identity, nor does it define your ability to do something. Failing as a mother doesn’t mean you’re a bad mother. Failing in business doesn’t mean you can’t do good business. I’ve fallen flat on my face enough times to know that failure is often a disguised opportunity, redirection, and growth.

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How to Stop Letting Fear Hold You Back: A Guide to Gaining Clarity + Getting Closer to Your Dreams 

Have you ever felt paralyzed? 

Really think about it. Have you ever put off the dreams and desires living and breathing on the inside of you? Have you ever felt anxious about taking the leap of faith? Have you ever said “Tomorrow is the day” only to get there and still put it off? Have you ever felt so scatter-brained about who you are, where you are going, and what you want to do with your life? Good news: you’re not alone. 

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7 Ways to Silence Your Inner-Critic & Start Living Unapologetically

“YOU’RE FAT. YOU’RE NOT CREATIVE. YOU CAN’T START A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS.”

These statements used to be on repeat in my head quite often, and the crazy thing is that I didn’t even realize it. After experiencing deep heartbreak and developing early signs of anxiety and an eating disorder, my inner-critic was spewing out harsh accusations and jabs so often that I became somewhat numb to them. I had become BFF’s with my inner-critic, and my thought-life and actions were truly showing it. 

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5 Ways You May Be Holding Yourself Back from Your Dream Reality

Here’s the hard truth: WE create our reality. 

About a year and a half ago, I was sitting at my desk in a small office building. I was scrolling through a fashion blog, awing at the “perfect” pictures, envying her never-ending travel explorations, and wishing that my life could be like that. I quickly caught myself in the act of comparison and brought myself back to reality. Then, I heard these words echo in my mind: “Ashton, YOU have the opportunity to create your reality. You can create your dream life or you can create a life you’re not happy with. The truth is that at the end of the day, it is ultimately up to YOU.” 

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Her Messy, Beautiful, and Continual Journey to Becoming an Artist with Anna Nùñez

1. Hi Anna! Welcome to the blog space. Can you start by introducing yourself and sharing some fun facts and weird quirks? Give us the down low!

Hey there! Thank you so much for inviting me into this space! My name is Anna Núñez, and I’m a multi-passionate artist, working as a designer and illustrator – from my home-base in Fort Myers, FL. I am such a weirdo, with many quirks, and thankfully, I’m married to a guy whose weirdness may even top mine.

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Anxiety

I am here to tell you that anxiety is not a permanent sentence. Sure, it doesn’t really go away forever, but it can be managed. 

First, let me define anxiety for those of us who may not fully understand what it means. As a fleeting feeling, anxiety is worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.

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4 Ways to Cultivate a More Positive Mindset 

Your mind is where all your thoughts, emotions, beliefs, values and behaviors stem from. 

The quality of your mindset will therefore determine the quality of your life. If you learn to cultivate a more positive mindset where you welcome any challenge and see any situation as an opportunity to learn and grow, you will start seeing your life transform because nothing will phase you. You will unlock your true potential. 

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Relationship Advice 101: 5 Qualities to Look for in Your Significant Other 

Diving into a new relationship is super scary. 

All the doubts and questions flood your mind. “Are they the right one for me? How do I know this is the right decision? Are they going to break my heart? Are they going to be “the one?” Will this turn out to be a huge failure? Or will this be one of the best decisions of my life?” Every question is valid. Why? Because we are dealing with your heart here. We are dealing with the most fragile, complex, and beautiful part of who you are.

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5 Ways to Build Self-Confidence through Journaling

Six years ago, I was a HOT MESS! My life was in chaos. My MIND was in chaos. I was depressed, confused, and frustrated. I had no vision, no direction, and could NOT see my next steps. I was STUCK. I had no goals, and I felt defeated! During this time, my body began to change.  My hair thinned dramatically, I lost 20 pounds (and trust me, it wasn’t cute y’all, I was skeletal!)

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Discover Your Voice, Pursue those Big Dreams, & Find Balance While Doing it with Abigail Dyer

I’m Abigail, the owner and creative director at Abigail Dyer Design Studio. I currently reside in my hometown, Knoxville, Tennessee with my sweet husband Jacob and our adorable puppy (and the cutest, fluffiest studio assistant), Nala! My favorite days are spent working with creative, driven women who desperately want their business to look as stunning as their work! 

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The Beauty of Pain + Why it Leads You to Success

AS HUMAN BEINGS, WE TRY TO AVOID PAIN AT ALL COSTS. 

We want to ace the class, but we don’t want to read and study. We want to land our dream job, but we don’t want to do the presentation. We want to create a successful online platform, but we don’t want to embrace slow progress. We want to raise children, but we don’t want to go through labor.

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How to Live a Life Rooted in Joy with Christiana Miller

Hi! My Name is Christiana and I am a Christian/Lifestyle blogger. I am terrible at making lists of any kind, and I am kind of spontaneous. My dream is to travel the world while creating content, blogging, and perhaps start a YouTube channel someday. I never attended college after high school, instead, I started my own small business selling T-Shirts. I called my business Chris-Tees (kind of a play off my name) and I still sell T-Shirts to this day!

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