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An Open Letter to My Inner Child

An Open Letter to My Inner Child

Your inner child is that innermost part of you, the "original" you, that still sees and responds to the world as an innocent child does. It doesn't really matter if you're familiar with this term or not, though — this is an open letter to my inner child that might be everything you didn't even know you needed to hear.

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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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9 Years After Loss: My Self-Help Laundry List

9 Years After Loss: My Self-Help Laundry List

It's been 9 years since my brother's suicide. Life since then has been... everything. Heavy and light. Lackluster and full of wisdom. Somehow, still beautiful. I wanted to share some things I've given up and some things I'm still doing to take care of myself. May my self-help laundry list shed some light on your own.

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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 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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11 Food Blessings for Grateful Hearts and Full Bellies

11 Food Blessings for Grateful Hearts and Full Bellies

“Thank you” is one of the best prayers I can think of. But if you’re looking for another way to say “grace” at the table, here you go: 11 food blessings that’ll make your meals taste better and your heart, fuller. I mean, food: what a gift.

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Low on Self-Love? Keep Up Your Self-Care: Some Words of Encouragement

Low on Self-Love? Keep Up Your Self-Care: Some Words of Encouragement

If your self-love is shoddy or shot, keep this in mind: your self-love might waver but your self-care doesn’t have to stop. Tiny acts of care keep you afloat in times of self-loathing. And you don't need to take care of yourself because you love yourself. Do it for no reason at all. The love will come. Eventually.

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Try This Nature Mindfulness Walk When You’re Super Stressed

Try This Nature Mindfulness Walk When You’re Super Stressed

Being in mindful contact with nature is a powerful reminder that beauty is everywhere — shining forth from every little flower and patient tree, from the light dancing on the water’s surface, from the celestial celebration in the night sky. To relieve stress and come back down to earth, try this nature mindfulness walk. It’s a breath of fresh air.

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3 Nighttime Affirmations That Work Better Than a Nightcap

3 Nighttime Affirmations That Work Better Than a Nightcap

If you’ve ever trusted in the power of a good strong drink to get you to sleep, I have something else for you to try tonight. When you're ready to hit the hay, try these nighttime affirmations. Why? Because words carry energy — the kind that can either keep you up spinning your wheels, or help you sleep like a rock. Also: you deserve to rest.

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Tired of Fighting? Use These 3 Affirmations for Healing Your Body (+ A Visualization)

Tired of Fighting? Use These 3 Affirmations for Healing Your Body (+ A Visualization)

Your body is incredible. It gives you the means to experience what it’s like to be conscious and alive on earth. And sometimes that hurts. If you’re dealing with chronic pain or a recent injury, use these affirmations. They’ll support whatever else you’re doing to heal.

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