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Is There a Limit to Gratitude?

Renowned spiritual leader and Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast says, “Everything is a gift.” The first time I read that, I thought, “Of course it is.” I had been practicing gratitude for nine weeks, a lifetime record for me for any sort of practice....

Rediscovering Your Inner Teenager

We have some pretty negative stereotypes of teenagers, and honestly, that’s too bad.  While it’s true they can be moody, think they know everything, and have little respect for authority, those qualities often belie their strengths.  As a teenager, I remember feeling...

7 Dream-Killing Habits (and How to Break Them)

“Remember your dreams and fight for them.”− Paulo Coelho Do you ever feel like you don’t have what it takes to chase your dreams? I felt like that too, but here I am, writing for The Change Blog. Was it easy to get to this point? Nope. Was it worth it? Absolutely....

How I Became a More Positive Person

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain.” – Sylvia Plath I used to love Sylvia Plath. It always seemed like she understood me. There is something deeply beautiful and moving about the thread of sadness in all her poems. When I...

Why I Stepped Off the Beaten Path & Stayed Off

“Perseverance is impossible if we don’t permit ourselves to hope.” – Dean Koontz It all started when I was homeless.  There were seeds before that, those miserable nights of sleeplessness.  Dreading work the next day.  Pummeling myself to fit a certain form. ...

How Writing Makes You a Better Person

It’s easy for me to say that writing can make you a better person. I’m a writer. But I’m also convinced that the deliberate act of writing is a worthwhile endeavor for any person, no matter who or where—and certainly no matter why. Writing is mental and physical...

Overcoming the Fear of Relapse

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger There I was, living my life with ease. Almost ten months had gone by without a...

How a Morning Routine Saved My Life

“To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe So many people wake up in the morning to a crazy buzzing alarm clock, hit the snooze button and eventually get up and drag themselves off to work....

Footloose and Cancer Free.

When I was 12 years old my family lived in Riverside California.  I was not very good in typical school sports like baseball and football, but I was good at running. I loved it so much in fact that it became one of my greatest joys in life and unbeknownst to me at the...

6 Ways to Give Yourself a Mid-Year Boost

“What you resist, persists” – Carl G. Jung Mid-year is the time of the year I find myself needing a boost.  In the beginning of the year, we’re still buzzing with energy from our holidays and ready to get to conquering the year.  Towards the end of the year, you...

Don’t Worry, I’m Scared Too

“Nothing gives a fearful man more courage than another’s fear.” – Umberto Eco Growing up I was extremely shy. I didn’t have many friends in elementary and middle school and rarely opened up to anyone. I didn’t even ask my teacher...

Three Easy Ways to Tame Anxiety

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ― Jodi Picoult In the past, I felt as if anxiety were a force that could never be reasoned with. Other people I know who suffer from this debilitating...

Breaking Down a Large Goal into Manageable Chunks

“Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin When I graduated high school, I set a goal for myself: to write a novel.  However, between moving to a new town, trying to find my place on a big campus, and my studies,...