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5 Healthy Ways to Manage Frustration

When things go wrong, they really go wrong.  In the span of two weeks, I lost my biggest contract job, my entire family came down with a stomach flu, my husband had to leave on a long business trip, and I barely missed getting into a traffic accident three times...

Life Lessons I Learned While Teaching Overseas.

When I first decided to teach English abroad, my friends and family thought I was crazy. After all, I was a young woman, about to travel to a new country far from everyone and everything I knew. I was ready, though. I wanted a change from the same-old life that I saw...

Lessons From Nearly Losing My Life.

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett. When I was 27 I almost drowned. I was caught in a rip current at an unpatrolled beach on the South Atlantic coast of Brazil and I was not a strong swimmer.  I had arrived at the beach with a friend only 5...

How I Quit Daydreaming and Started Doing

In an alternate universe, I am famous. In fact, there are a lot of alternate universes floating around that contain different, more dynamic, brilliant versions of me. I’ve been a best-selling novelist, an Oscar-winning screenplay writer and actress, a distinguished...

How Writing Helped Me Find a Life Balance

Do you know a person who has never faced any obstacles in life? If you can think of a name, then you probably don’t know enough of their personal story. People are torn apart between their ideas, desires, personal goals, expectations of other people, and the sad...

Making Adversity Okay

You live in your skin every day but do you really know who you are? Your inner essence? Or do you really know what you’re capable of? Maybe it’s time to find out! Quite possibly this could be deemed the opportunity in adversity. Why adversity you say? Well, that’s...

A Limitless Definition of My Value

“To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde My mom cried when I told her I didn’t want to play basketball in third grade. Not that I remember my reason for not wanting to play, but it was probably because I didn’t want my dad to yell at me again while on the court in...

How I Changed My Life for the Better

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu A few years ago, I decided to change my life for the better. I thought I would write about the changes I decided to make in case others could benefit from it. There were numerous...