Embracing Imperfection

I grew up obsessed with perfection. Somehow, I’d fostered the ill-conceived belief that there was some set standard we each could achieve and indefinitely hold throughout our lives. I strove for perfect grades in school, perfect conduct at home and a perfect body, at any cost. I hadn’t yet learned that perfection is a dream—butContinue reading “Embracing Imperfection”

The Power of Positivity

Have you ever been around someone who seems to light up every room they enter? Everyone around them brightens a little for their presence, and they’re the person to go to when you need help recovering from moments of confusion and despair. Negativity and positivity work in a perpetual tug-of-war dance that influences every oneContinue reading “The Power of Positivity”

Being True to You

We all want to do right by ourselves, but we may not reflect that desire in many of our priorities. Self-love isn’t always easy to give, especially when we let issues with relationships, work or even the state of the world interfere with our well-being. Sometimes, we must take a step back and remind ourselvesContinue reading “Being True to You”

Raise Your Vibe!

Happiness exists on a spectrum, and where we sit on it can shift and evolve over time. Some people live in constant states of negativity, caught in low-vibe ruts that can present as grumpiness, depression, anxiety and self-pity. Others seem to exude sunshine, smiling through the darkest days and endlessly seeking out the silver linings.Continue reading “Raise Your Vibe!”

Song for the Spirit

When was the last time you lost yourself in song? Music is the one true universal language, with the power even to move small creatures. I had a cat who would curl up against the stereo speakers whenever I put on classical music. A close family member once made a connection with a jumping spiderContinue reading “Song for the Spirit”

Growing Pains

Life is a journey, and change is the only real constant we can count on. We each, as individuals, can move in one of only two directions: We can progress and grow alongside life’s curveballs, or we can become stagnant and brooding and watch the world pass us by. We all want to keep movingContinue reading “Growing Pains”

5 Things We All Need for Sustained Happiness

We may all have different ideas of what happiness looks like, and we each must find our own way toward it—but the right foundation still needs to be in place. Without a solid base, any movement forward remains on shaky ground. Our well-being is dependent on more than financial success, which is why someone mayContinue reading “5 Things We All Need for Sustained Happiness”

Love Yourself

If you’ve fallen into the pit of depression and low self-esteem, you might not be able to remember the last time you truly felt self-love. Early childhood, maybe? Adolescence—or maybe even sometime during adulthood? Whenever the loss may have occurred, the emptiness may feel irreparable. Our hearts might tell us that only acceptance and loveContinue reading “Love Yourself”