numb // 5 ways to look after your strong friend

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I read (okay, skimmed…) an article recently about making sure you check in on your strong friend. I feel like we all have a friend that we look up to and admire and would describe as ‘strong’, together, confident and who always seems to go above and beyond. The kind of person whose theme song should be Chaka Khan’s ‘I’m Every Woman.’ [Confession: I’d like to think this is my theme song.] The truth is that no matter how strong or together someone appears, life is tough and we all struggle. In the recent weeks there has been a spotlight on mental health, depression, suicide and the role that we can all play in looking after our friendships better. Continue reading “numb // 5 ways to look after your strong friend”

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dream chaser // how to go after the life you want

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One of my favorite movies growing up was Twister. You know the one, Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton, excellent CGI and flying cows. I still love that movie, and one of the things on my bucket list is to spend several weeks one summer tornado chasing. If you’re looking at your screen like I’m crazy, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. I didn’t even mention the fact that at one point in my life it was my ideal honeymoon. My new hubby (Lord, send him! ha!), me and tornados sounded like romance as far as I was concerned. I’ve since amended that idea, but only because I don’t want to be caught up in a honeymoon while chasing after tornados. I want to give those tornados my full and undivided attention.

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bloom // 10 ways to fight discouragement

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Sometimes it seems like everyone around you is having the time of their lives, working their ultimate dream job with a hot babe by their side. Then there are the friends who are seemingly always on a relaxing fancy vacation. Even if you’re not prone to the occasional (and unadvised!) comparison, it can be hard not to feel a little discouraged. Or maybe you’re working towards your ultimate dream and you are not yet seeing the results you want. Or maybe you’ve been job searching for months and nothing has quite panned out yet. Whatever it is, we all go through periods where we are feeling discouraged and need a little pick me up. Below are 10 of my favorite go-tos. Whether you try just a couple or all of them in one day (no judgement zone!), I guarantee you’ll feel encouraged in no time flat. Continue reading “bloom // 10 ways to fight discouragement”

27 Life Lessons I learned by 27 // 27 ways to always be at HOME (part 2)

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PART ONE HERE

12. Call your mom more. I have a great relationship with my mom. As an only child, it was mostly her and I as I was growing up. I know what my movie to NY, and now LA, has been tough on her. I tried to get into the habit of calling her every Saturday. It doesn’t have to be a long call, but it’s nice to show the person who cared and nurtured you that you’re thinking of them. Parents are people! The older I get the more I think about how hard it would be for me to be away from children after watching them grow and be dependent on you for nearly two decades. Obviously everyone doesn’t have a great relationship with their mother, so this could be any parental figure that nurtured you. I bet they’d love to hear your voice. Continue reading “27 Life Lessons I learned by 27 // 27 ways to always be at HOME (part 2)”

27 Life Lessons I learned by 27 // 27 ways to always be at HOME

For my birthday I wanted to share 27 life lessons and things I have learned that have helped me to feel at home-in my own skin, in the world, in my relationships. That feeling of comfort and belonging in attainable and accessible.

Cheers to another year around the sun!

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27. Don’t give up. It sounds trite, simple and overwrought, but hear me on this-do not freaking give up. I’ve learned that the areas in your life where you face the most resistance are indicative of where you may find your greatest potential for growth, peace, and joy. Life is tough and we all fight battles. I’m not talking about fights with a friend or co-worker, I’m talking about those inner struggles. Those days where the voice within you whispers, ‘you will never get there. you will never achieve that. you will always be lonely. you are not that talented’ are overwhelming. It doesn’t make it easy. There are days I look around and think, ‘what am I doing? why am I trying? I don’t have it in me.’ Those are the days where I dig deep and lean heavily on God. I pray a lot of, ‘if you want this to happen You have to make it happen because I don’t have it in me’ prayers and lo and behold, it turns out I’ve endured things I wanted to quit and gone through things I just wanted to get around. Continue reading “27 Life Lessons I learned by 27 // 27 ways to always be at HOME”