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What Death Taught Me About Living

What Death Taught Me About Living

Death has a way of making you come face-to-face with your life. No words can capture the entirety of how loss shapes us. But until then, here are six truths I’ve learned through my own personal experiences of love and loss, grief and growth, survival and surrender, and 5 years of writing on the topic.

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20 Things You Don't Have to Do or Apologize For

20 Things You Don't Have to Do or Apologize For

Since I lost my brother to suicide, I've been a heck of a lot more aware about what works for me and what doesn't. I've learned there are things you don't have to do -- the sorts of things that chip away at your quality of life. I wonder if life has taught you some of these same things, too...

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Words of Comfort When You’re Not Ready to Change How You Feel

Words of Comfort When You’re Not Ready to Change How You Feel

What if you’re not ready to change? Not ready to feel the full spectrum of your feelings? What if your healing feels rushed… even if it’s been months, years since you started hurting? This is a short note just to say… it’s OK. You’re OK. Treat yourself like a garden & you’ll see, you don’t have to bloom all year long.

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Losing It All Set Me Free. You’re Unbreaking, Too — A Poem about Rebirth

Losing It All Set Me Free. You’re Unbreaking, Too — A Poem about Rebirth

Have you ever felt so broken that you know you’ll never be the same again? Maybe you feel that way now. Know this: here, after all the falling apart and right in the middle of not-knowing, you can breathe. You can make something new. That’s because even though you’re breaking, you’re unbreaking too. Read this poem to feel better about it.

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A New Year Intention for More Loving Choices

A New Year Intention for More Loving Choices

You rewrite your own reality by choosing experiences that better reflect what you love. Say yes because you’re excited instead of obligated. Say no because you need rest, not because saying yes stresses you out. It’s in the choices you make every day, big and small, that you’ll find the freedom to love what you do and how you do it.

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20 Quotes about Sharing Your Story, Baring Your Heart & Healing Hurts

20 Quotes about Sharing Your Story, Baring Your Heart & Healing Hurts

Sharing your story is heart work. It's not easy work, but it might be the most important thing you’ll ever do. Read these quotes to remember how much your story matters. You're here to feel it, live it, tell it. And whatever you share might be what helps someone else heal, too.

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Sharing Is Daring: Notes on the Healing Power of Vulnerability

Sharing Is Daring: Notes on the Healing Power of Vulnerability

The more we tell the truth about what we’ve gone through and are still going through, the easier it is to trust ourselves. I think that’s because sharing is daring to discover who we can be beyond any one story. Bearing your heart and soul: that’s one of the bravest ways to heal and grow.

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Feeling Is Healing: 5 Handwritten Notes Affirming Your Freedom to Feel

Feeling Is Healing: 5 Handwritten Notes Affirming Your Freedom to Feel

Feelings are guides and, in that way, gifts, but their messages often go way deeper than what we initially read into. That feeling is speaking some truth and it’s meant to be experienced, just don’t confuse it with who you are. Feeling is healing and it’ll grant you access to deep wisdom, and here are a few ways how.

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12 Quotes about Being Brave Enough to Be Yourself

12 Quotes about Being Brave Enough to Be Yourself

You know how freeing it feels to belong to yourself, to be your own advocate? It’s nice, standing in stark contrast to suppressing who you are. Here are a dozen quotes about being brave enough to stand in your own presence and live life on your own terms. That’s the freedom that underlies the greatest joys of living.

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Morning Questions to Grow Self-Trust from the Seed of Authenticity

Morning Questions to Grow Self-Trust from the Seed of Authenticity

Instead of waiting for the requests and demands of others define how you live today, shape your own identity. Morning questions is a potent practice that'll only take you a few minutes, but with passion and consistencyit'll breed clarity. And a life you feel good about leading.

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