We are life artists, regardless of our canvas

A long entry this month my friends,
but there was much to say!

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In my book Braving It, I told the story of Max, a friend with clinical depression all his life. One thing always made him feel better: caring for his horses. Then, one day, something more: as he sat making Playdough horses with his nephew, Max realized just how much creating these magnificent animals brought him a kind of joy he didn’t think was possible for him.

It was the spark of an idea: Read More

“Let me know how I can help”: the art of healthy detachment

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When someone comes to me with a problem, I’ve learned (through many painful experiences!) to automatically organize my thoughts.

“There are three ways I can help,” I say…

    1. “I can just listen.”
    2. “I can help you brainstorm solutions to your problem.”
    3. “I can take an active part in helping you implement one of those solutions.”

Two takeaways from my list:

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Get back up again

Please enjoy this excerpt from my new book:
You, Beautiful: Getting gorgeous from the inside out.

Coming soon!

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Everyone loves the underdog. We want to root for the scrappy fighter, not the person who’s favored to win, the one with advantages like money or family ties. The underdog is sincere, hardworking, gritty, and determined. They get knocked down and come back up again, and again.

Beautiful someone, in some ways, the underdog represents the best in us: the part that believes deeply in the goal. The one who doesn’t feel entitled to victory but willing to work incredibly hard at it. The one who gets knocked down and refuses to be bitter or resentful, and instead comes back up swinging for the fences.

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“It’s amazing what love can do”

Please enjoy this excerpt from my new book:
You, Beautiful: Getting gorgeous from the inside out.

Coming soon!

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When we say someone loves themselves, it’s not a compliment. Just the opposite. Loving yourself is being self-involved, selfish. It’s embarrassing to be described this way.

“It’s amazing what love can do”

It can be more socially acceptable to put ourselves down so other people can be comfortable (honestly though, if that’s what it takes to make the people around us comfortable, we need new people). Read More