Why Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

I once heard a statistic that the average woman leaves an abusive relationship nine times before she leaves for good. Nine times. I still haven’t been able to track down the exact source of this statistic, so I can’t validate its accuracy. But I can tell you from my own experience, and the experience of […]

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What Makes Your Heart Smile (a Poem)

This is a Thursday tradition where I share with you a poem I love or one I’ve written. Today’s poem is one I wrote called What Makes Your Heart Smile and it’s about the most beautiful thing that happens when life doesn’t turn out how you plan. I hope you enjoy reading! What Makes Your […]

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What to Do About Getting Rejected (So It Doesn’t Crush You)

I met with an author recently who had just been rejected by a long list of publishers. She’d been working on her proposal for months, had labored over her sample chapters and marketing plan. She felt in the deepest part of herself that she was supposed to write this book. And still, the publishers told […]

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The Journey (a Poem)

The Thursday tradition continues—where I share a poem with you that I’ve written, or one I love. The following is a poem I adore by Mary Oliver called “The Journey.” It’s about making the decision to leave behind your excuses and step into your destiny. I hope you love this poem as much as I […]

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Body Shaming, Being “Fat” and What A Woman Really Wants

A friend of mine recently found a fake Instagram account that had been started with the sole purpose of making fun of her body. This friend is young, beautiful and probably one of the kindest people you’ve ever met—which isn’t so important to the story, except to point out that even young, beautiful women can’t […]

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All Of Life Is Poetry (A Poem)

This is a brand new tradition where I share a poem each Thursday—either one I’ve written, or one I love. Today’s poem is one I wrote in response to the fact that people so often say they hate poetry, or they’re scared of it. It’s called All of Life Is Poetry. I hope you enjoy. […]

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Why You Always Get Taken for Granted (And How to Quit)

The truth is, if you’re a genuinely nice person, you’re bound to get taken for granted in this world. I wish this weren’t the case, but sadly, if you’re kind, caring, sensitive, and empathetic, you’re naturally a magnet for narcissists, manipulators, addicts, and people who are willing to take more from you than they have […]

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Swimming In Love (a Poem)

I wrote this poem recently for a friend after a long conversation about all the things we worried about for the future. After we talked, I walked away and the words that came over me went like this: how could you possibly be afraid? All is love. You are swimming in love. I hope you […]

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How to Keep Moving Forward When You Are Heartbroken

I got a text from a friend recently that said: “When you are heartbroken, how can you stop the swirling, spinning thoughts that seem to derail you? How can you keep moving forward?” Her question came at an interesting time for me, since I had just spent most of my night spinning and swirling exactly […]

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Can You Trust Your Intuition?

I did not grow up knowing I could trust my intuition. I doubt I’m alone in that. For as many “follow your passion” and “listen to your heart” messages as we hear in our culture, we also live in a world that strongly favors logic and reason over any kind of intuitive sensibilities. Pretty much […]

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