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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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What Self-Care Really Means (Hint: It’s Not Always a Bubble Bath)

What Self-Care Really Means (Hint: It’s Not Always a Bubble Bath)

Okay, sometimes it’s a salt bath and a piece of chocolate. But real self-care isn’t set in stone. It changes as you change. It’s changing your focus, habits and priorities when what used to work for you doesn’t work anymore. And what you need right now, it’s not always pretty or popular.

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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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An Open Letter to the Person Who's Struggling to Change

An Open Letter to the Person Who's Struggling to Change

I wrote this letter to someone I love who's struggling to change their life. Maybe, it's for you, or maybe it's for someone you know too. This letter is a simple reminder that there's hope. That love can be rekindled and small changes can make a big difference. Share this with whoever you think might need it.

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25 Life-Changing Things I've Learned from Loss... So Far

25 Life-Changing Things I've Learned from Loss... So Far

Grief isn't linear; more like the tides or the seasons. The more familiar I get with it, the more I see that everything in life has its seasons... including YOU. Each season of grief has its own lessons and challenges, its own weather and mood. And each one has its place. That's one thing I've learned from loss so far.

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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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End-of-Year Thoughts on Growth After Trauma + "Becoming"

End-of-Year Thoughts on Growth After Trauma + "Becoming"

Whatever's flipped your life upside down this year, now you're here. You've been planted somewhere new; actually, something new has been planted in you. A seed. And you decide how you nurture it, water it, weed it, let it root & bloom. You get to decide, here & now, how it unfurls & how you grow with it, through it.

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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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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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Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

Grief Lasts a Lifetime, but Love Lasts Forever (Part 2)

If you lost someone you love, how you live now is your greatest contribution to the love you shared and still share. That love is in every step you take, intimately tied to your joys & your dreams. It's a tattoo that can't be removed, an eternal river running through you. Grief lasts a lifetime, but love lasts forever.

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