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Why I Ran a Full Marathon

Humans can never outrun a horse, a cheetah or even a greyhound. That’s a well-established fact. A lesser known fact is that on an extremely hot day, the human body is built to run long distances faster than any animal on the planet. We regulate our temperature via...

Why I Love Change (But Used To Hate It)

Most of my life, I hated change. Maybe it was because we moved every year or two when I was growing up. New house, new city, new school, new friends. It’s tough to feel comfortable with no consistency. Whatever the reason for it, I liked things to stay the way they...

When I Said No to Anxiety.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu I had lost 15 pounds in 3 months. Between work, school, and an unhealthy, quasi-relationship with a man thirteen years older than me, my anxiety had reached an intolerable...

My Experience with Aging and Divorce

You still have the body that doesn’t move as fast, the digestion that likes to keep you guessing what food you can tolerate today, and the mind that isn’t quite as sharp as before. But couple these things with divorce, bankruptcy, or death, and aging can be...

Why Depression Has Been a Gift in Disguise.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anaïs Nin About eight months ago, I resigned from my job as a high school college and career advisor. I didn’t hate it. In fact, I derived the ultimate...

How I Made Peace with Perfectionism

“Beauty is the purest feeling of the soul. Beauty arises when soul is satisfied.” ― Amit Ray, Nonviolence: The Transforming Power I once heard a famous, self-help guru/podcaster say, “Purpose is the thing that launches you out of bed each morning, ready to attack the...

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...