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Creative Thinking

How to Channel Your Deep Self-Doubt into Your Creativity

Self-doubt can cripple creativity. As Sylvia Plath wrote in her journal, "The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." Which is true because our own insecurities can stop us from making and producing and inventing. They can convince us that we're not good enough to pick up a pen or paintbrush. And we stop before we ever start.

Often we assume the answer is to eliminate our self-doubt. But what's more helpful is to learn to...
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Mental Health

Defining Self

If you could choose only one word to define yourself, what would it be? 

I would refuse to answer such a question. I am a complex human being with multiple facets of my being. However in my past, when I was in the midst of my most difficult time of my mental illness, that I would have a ready answer in my mouth. That would be "I'm crazy". Please don't do...
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Body Image

Are You Sure Losing Weight is The Answer?

Sometimes we hyper-focus on losing weight, because we yearn to feel lighter. Because right now we feel so heavy. Which we assume is because of the number on the scale. In our society, we always assume that the culprit is the number on the scale. We always assume that our weight is the issue, the end-all, be-all issue (and, of course, it's all our fault).

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Body Image

The Pressure to Bounce Back

There's pressure to bounce back after you've had a baby. You're supposed to get back to your previous shape---to fit into your wedding dress, to fit into your old skinny jeans. You're supposed to be just as productive and energized as you were before. You're supposed to be in a similar place emotionally. You're supposed to be calm and content.

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Culture

The Most Unrealistic Expectation of Them All

Yesterday, you ran 5 miles, prepared dinner for several nights, completed a complicated work project and organized your entire office. Or you checked off every task from your very long to-do list. Your focus barely waned and the day almost felt seamless.

Today, you showered, put cream cheese on a bagel, and feel like a zombie (or whatever has less energy than that).

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Adult Children of Alcoholics

You Don’t Outgrow the Effects of an Alcoholic Parent

Alcoholism has a lasting impact on children.
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Most of the adult children of alcoholics who I know underestimate the effects of being raised in an alcoholic family. Perhaps it's wishful thinking. Perhaps it’s denial. More likely it’s shame and simply not knowing that adult children of alcoholics (ACOAs), as a group, tend to struggle with a particular set of issues.

If you’re an adult child of...
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