February 2, 2017 support

“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh When I was a kid, I wanted to be an Olympic figure skater. Or an artist for Disney. Or maybe a musician. I wanted to be a songwriter and choreographer. I made up roller skating routines in the driveway to Tiffany and Paula Abdul. (It was most excellent.) I filled notebooks upon notebooks with illustrations. And if you were to ask me to describe myself, I might have said, “happy.” Or I would have chattered on about…

February 2, 2017 support

“Don’t let people pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace.” ~Kimberly Jones I was finally in a solid place when I met my now-ex-boyfriend earlier this year. I had created some healthy habits for myself and was fully recovered from the eating disorder that had ruled my life for eight years prior. Things had turned around completely for me, as now I was getting my first novel published and had a flourishing greeting card line. When I first met my ex, who I’ll call Alex, it was love at first sight. I was completely infatuated with this…

February 2, 2017 support

“I acknowledge my own worth. My confidence is growing.” ~Unknown Sometimes I feel like a spider whose web is repeatedly torn down. I plan something and start taking action. Then life happens, and setbacks threaten to sap my energy and enthusiasm. Whenever I take on too much, I can feel as if I’m juggling a million balls. And doing it badly. You’ve probably seen T-shirts saying, “Things are a bit crazy around here.” That could easily describe me when I allow myself to become overloaded. It’s easy to feel stressed and to slip into harsh self-criticism. Especially when I hold…

February 2, 2017 support

  Tomorrow I turn 33! So many people moan about getting older (and I’ve been known to do so on occasion…), but the other day I had this thought: There’s no greater gift than another birthday. It’s a tad cheesy, yes, but it’s so true. What could be better than being given an opportunity to be here, to keep living, to experience the highs and lows of life, the unexpected twists and the comforting consistencies? There have been many times, for many reasons, that I wasn’t certain I would celebrate another birthday and so, while I’m not always this obsessively grateful…