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How Chasing Joy Changed My Life

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball There have been many things that I’ve chased in my life: certifications, promotions, friendships, health, security, clarity, confidence…the list goes on. It’s only recently, however,...

Step One to Inner Peace

I have been focused on growth for as long as I can remember. I used to spend my time walking to and from work trying to think up an exit strategy for my life. Everyday, in the morning and in the afternoon, each walk consoled by a cup of coffee and a cigarette that...

On a Journey to Find Happiness

As a child, I moved back and forth between foster homes and living with various biological family members. I never questioned why my grandmother allowed such a chaotic life for me to live because I believed that she was doing the best she could for me. My father (in...

How I Got Over My Fear of Flying

September 17th, 2012 was my own personal judgement day.  Months of anxiety and nervousness had built up and today was the culmination.  It was time to pay the piper. What in the world had me so scared? Was it a court date? A visit to the doctor to receive bad news?...

Dying to Become More

“The greater danger is not that your hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they are too low and that you do.” – Michelangelo “Mr. Watson, we don’t know if we can save you, but we will do everything we can”. I’ve heard  these words uttered to...

How I Lost All Hope But Gained Freedom

In the movie Fight Club, Edward Norton’s character says, “Losing all hope was freedom.” It’s a quote that strikes you, because it deals with two important concepts—hope and freedom—and pits them against each other in a way you wouldn’t...

An Organized Life And A Decluttered Soul

My eyes were closed. I had a smile on my face. My arms were out and I was swaying along with the live music. It was one of the most peaceful, blissful moments of my life. I literally had not a care in the world, and that had never happened before. I had just graduated...

How to Leave a Toxic Work Environment

When the headaches first started, I thought it was probably too much caffeine.  That’s the funny thing about symptoms – it can take some time to track down their source.  But sometimes, that’s exactly the thing you need to do in order to clear them. Armed with...

Forgiving Your Flaws

In the fall of my freshman year of high school, I was elected captain of the tennis team. I took on the responsibility with the mindset that I had to be the best on the team, always a step ahead of everyone else. To me, being a leader meant being as close to flawless...