Rising Strong, Rising Again, & Raising Each Other

There's information all over the internet about how to overcome challenges, how to be successful, how to stay motivated, how to cope with loss. But, they're sanitized, and often aimed at some sweeping happy ending. Our uncanny inclination to focus on the positive often glosses over how do we actually, step by step, get up and rise again after a fall? I think what we need more of is seeing behind the curtain, behind the facade. What are the real struggles our friends and family face? What do they wrestle with daily? What challenges do they face, and how do they get through them?

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Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Last night I was watching Chicago Fire, an episode where one of the main characters, Hermann, goes into a burning building with a friend & fellow firefighter from another house. In a split second trying to save a man trapped inside, the two men are separated in the smoke & Hermann makes it out alive, … Continue reading Men, Don’t Just “Move On” Please

Yes, You’re a Mess & We Need You Anyway

I like to only show up as my best self. I prefer to only show up when I feel nearly-perfect. Perfectly dressed, perfectly poised, perfectly POSITIVE, perfectly inspiring, perfectly kind, perfectly communicating with others. I have high standards for myself, and that's ok. But, sometimes, it's not. When perfectionism keeps me from participating in life … Continue reading Yes, You’re a Mess & We Need You Anyway

Out of Survival Mode into…ON FIRE!

I have lived in survival mode for most of the last decade, since the recession came and swept away my pride and savings, and the death toll began to rise in my life. But, a few months ago, I decided to change everything about the way I think and live in the world. Following the … Continue reading Out of Survival Mode into…ON FIRE!