New Year New Mindset

The positive effects of gratitude and preparing for the Month of Gratitude.

Ahhhh…the end of the year. Let the “New Year. New Me.” posts reign. But instead of letting this be just a strategically hashtagged and well-timed post on one of your social media outlets, why not begin this “New Me” journey with a simple “New Year” gratitude exercise for the month of January. Let’s try something different this year. Start this new year in way you never have before and open the door to possibilities. Instead of “New Year. New Me.” how about “New Year. New Mindset.” or “New Year. New Gratitude.” Ok…so those are not anywhere near as catchy Continue reading “New Year New Mindset”

Have no fear, your journals are here!

The journaling basics for healthy processing of emotions

Dear Diary,

Wait until you hear this shizzz….

Who had a diary growing up? Show of virtual hands.

I know many of us were given diaries as gifts and, if you were anything like me as a 90’s kid, it left you with a collection of mostly blank Lisa Frank notebooks. Today, I’m asking you to make up with your diary…well, maybe not the Lisa Frank one. Continue reading “Have no fear, your journals are here!”

Why? Why? WHY?

We need to revert back to our four year old selves and ask “why?” about everything.



“Because why?”

“Because because. That’s why.”

“But WHHHY??”

When we were little, we asked “why” to understand how the world around us works. We did it to learn. I propose, to learn about your inner world, you ask yourself, “why” the same way you did when you were a little kid.

I feel like we don’t ask ourselves, “why?” enough. But I think we answer this question even less. “Why am I doing this?” “Why did I do that?”  This may be the simplest way to create self-awareness. Continue reading “Why? Why? WHY?”

Energy is everything

Everything is energy…whether you remember your high school science classes or not.

We are surrounded by an energy field, an electromagnetic field, a vibe, or, the more new age-y term, an aura. (No joke, “Amber” by 311 came on as I wrote this sentence. Take a listen to set the energetic mood with me.) A person’s aura is the combination of their chakras, which are the energy centers on the body. (We will go more in depth on chakras in our upcoming Chakra series.) An aura is usually portrayed as an invisible egg or bubble encasing the body. Chakras and a person’s energetic field can be affected by emotions, thoughts, outside stimuli, substances, and other people.

Not only are we constantly sending out energy from our electromagnetic field but we are constantly receiving too.

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My Own Making Om

Two years ago I found myself drowning in a suicidal depression. I dealt with anxiety and panic attacks my whole life and had been struggling with increasingly worse depression. Having grown up around addicts, I thought I understood what “hitting bottom” meant, but this depressive dip I found myself in showed me that sometimes “bottom” has a basement. I buried myself deeply under self-sabotaging and numbing patterns. Feeling anything was just too much at the time. But the thing I learned about numbing was: you can’t numb the bad without numbing the good. So I found myself engaging in risky and reckless behaviors just to feel something. I was looking for an accident to take me out. I would ride my bike in heavy, fast traffic hoping a car would side swipe me and end it. I was done with life. Memories had surfaced and the weight of my past had become too much. I was ready to check out.

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