Strong and Vulnerable: How I Learned to Let People In

“Vulnerability is hard. And it’s scary, and it feels dangerous. But it’s not as hard, scary, or dangerous as getting to the end of our lives and having to ask ourselves, ’What if I would have shown up?’” ~Brené Brown January – 2012 I remember sitting...

Why I Chose Men Who Hurt and Abandoned Me

“They say that abandonment is a wound that never heals. I say only that an abandoned child never forgets.” ~Mario Balotelli Loss is never an easy experience. However, it is a part of life, so we need to accept it and find ways to cope...

What I Now Know About Rejection and How It’s Set Me Free

“If someone does not want me, it is not the end of the world. But if I do not want me, the world is nothing but endings.” ~Nayyirah Waheed Rejection means a lot of things to a lot of different people. To healthcare professionals, it...

What You Need to Do If You Feel Insecure in Relationships

“The key is in learning how to live a healthy, satisfying, and serene life without being dependent on another person for happiness.” ~Robin Norwood When it comes to relationships, people can call you “crazy” and “needy” all they want. I can only guess some people...

How to Get Through Hard Times Without Hurting People We Love

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Buddha Just the other day, I had one of those moments with my husband, and not the kind of moment they write about in romance novels. The world has been so different these last several months,...

What We Need to Grow and How It Can Happen in Just One Day

“People grow when they are loved well. If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda.” ~Mike McHargue I learned some of my biggest life lessons in grade 5. I was an average student leaning to below average in my early elementary years. I came home with a steady...

How to Tell If Your Relationship is Codependent (and What to Do About It)

“Love rests on two pillars: surrender and autonomy. Our need for togetherness exists alongside our need for separateness.” ~ Esther Perel Healthy relationships require a delicate balance of intimacy and autonomy, giving and receiving, self and other. As we struggle to walk this delicate tightrope, we...

Dear Childhood Friends, Thank You and I Miss You

“Sweet is the memory of distant friends. Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.” ~Washington Irving Why is it that the older we seem to get the more and more we miss friendships from days long...

How to Create a Healthy and Lasting Romantic Relationship

“You cannot create a conscious relationship with someone who isn’t committed to doing their work. But you can create a better relationship with yourself, and sometimes that looks like releasing yourself from the idea that you can change another person or convince them to...

When Relationships Hurt: How I Stopped Blaming My Ex

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” ~Lewis B. Smedes When it came to my ex-girlfriend, I had difficulty letting go. She was a girl I’d had a big crush on for a couple of years. Funnily enough, once...