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Blessings // for You, for the Earth, for Everyone

Blessings // for You, for the Earth, for Everyone

Every now and then, you need someone to tell you that they believe in you. You need to know you're in someone's thoughts, in their prayers and in their heart. It's the knowledge that you're not alone in your struggles and in your hopes, and sometimes that's all you need to keep going.

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4 Reasons Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol

4 Reasons Why I Stopped Drinking Alcohol

I never thought I'd say "I don't drink," but this past Sunday marked six months since I've had a sip of alcohol. The most surprising part of it all? I'm happier sober. And I don't say that lightly. I've dealt with depression most of my life. But after my brother committed suicide, I made it a priority to take care of myself.

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A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

A Prayer for New Beginnings + the Strength to Love Again

May we have the courage to greet each new beginning (and each decision) with an open heart. Whether you need to start over or keep going, I hope this prayer inspires you to keep hope alive, to trust in love one more time, and to take care of yourself along the way. The best changes start on the inside, with you.

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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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20 Affirmations for Sobriety and Higher Emotional Intelligence

20 Affirmations for Sobriety and Higher Emotional Intelligence

Whether you want to get sober, stay sober, or take a sabbatical from substances for a while, I hope these positive affirmations for sobriety inspire you to love your decision, and life, even more. This is a reminder that feelings are transient and thoughts are malleable. It’s YOU who's powerful.

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My Word for 2020 + A Manifesto for Magic

My Word for 2020 + A Manifesto for Magic

Your word for 2020 is an umbrella word for how you want to feel most of the time and what you want to experience. It’s a touchstone for when to say, “Hell yes!” and when to say, “No, thank you.” Since my word for 2020 is MAGIC, I'm sharing my Manifesto for Magic with you. In case you want more magic in your life, too.

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A Chocolate Meditation for Stress Relief and Gratitude

A Chocolate Meditation for Stress Relief and Gratitude

Here's a chocolate meditation for sweet, sweet stress relief. It's the perfect sensory meditation for the cold, busy holiday season (if you love chocolate, anyway). But if you don't like or can't eat chocolate, just try this meditation with something you do love.

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Something to Read if You're Feeling All of Your Feelings, All At Once

Something to Read if You're Feeling All of Your Feelings, All At Once

All the feelings: that’s kind of what happens when you’re going through hard times, or healing in the aftermath. Especially when it's the holiday season, a time of celebration, and you're hurting. And you know what? You’re allowed to feel everything. You’re human, not made of stone.

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A Prayer for Thanksgiving and Togetherness

A Prayer for Thanksgiving and Togetherness

This isn’t necessarily for the holiday, Thanksgiving, but now is as good a time as any to give thanks. Thanks for being alive, thanks for being together -- even if we’re only together in spirit. This prayer for thanksgiving is short and sweet. Read it at the table or just keep the words close to your heart.

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