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Books

3 Tried-and-True Techniques for Dealing with Worry

Worry has a way of clouding things, doesn't it? We think that by worrying, we're being diligent. We think that worrying protects us or that we're somehow anticipating or warding off a catastrophe. Or we think there's nothing we can do, and we are doomed. These kinds of thoughts paralyze us. They take us to a very dark place.

Thankfully, there are many things we can do about our worry---which revolve around writing. For instance,...
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Culture

What Brings You the Most Comfort?

There's a great quote in Elizabeth Berg's novel The Year of Pleasures,*: "The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.”

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Culture

Do You Value Your Time?

According to Danielle LaPorte, in this piece, one of the (five) signs that you love yourself is that you mean what you say: "You value your time, you value your word, you Love yourself enough to know that every commitment you make—from the time you say you’ll show up, to lifetime vows—is sacred, because you are a sacred being. You say Yes when you mean Yes, and No when you mean No.”

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Body Image

3 Practices for Embracing and Connecting to Your Body

When people talk about connecting to their bodies, you might be wondering, umm, what the heck does that mean? what the heck does that even look like? Because if you've had an adversarial relationship with your body, embracing and connecting to it feels very foreign---maybe even impossible or ridiculous. Which is why I love sharing actual practices with you, actual actions you can take---small, simple actions that make a significant impact.
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