In This Messy Messy World Won’t You #DoBRAVE!

Dividing lines. Walls. Fences and lines drawn in the sand.  Belief systems that cancel Thanksgiving plans and delete Facebook friends. Heated conversations, tweets, newscasters and even preachers fighting it out. Read more of this article at the Huffington Post ...

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The Brave and Beautiful Twerking Grandma

It is easy to walk around this word being washed over by the media stories reporting horror. To carry around a dark heavy coat of fear and sadness because, “where is the good in this world?”

I find myself being sucked into the drudgery of life and adulting and I sometimes can’t see anything but the pain and sadness.

And it is hard to feel free and unchained by it all.

And then I see it, the bravery, the courage in another and I know there is so much more here than only pain.

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The Cost of Attempting to be a Bronze Beauty

I have always wanted to be tan. Not just tan, but a perfect bronze color with a splash of pink on my cheeks.

Fresh and sun kissed.

Skin tinted just the right color that radiated health and beauty.

Because that is what being tan does right? Makes you look healthy and beautiful.

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Brave Is the New Beautiful

In September I received a book contract for my second book. When I answered the call from the calm voice on the other end telling me the publishing house loved and wanted to publish this book, I sat in my car in the parking lot of Marshall’s wondering if they had made a mistake.

Had they called the wrong person?

Were they really offering me a book contract for a book that had not even been written? Did they not know who they were calling? Didn’t they see in my proposal that my first book was never listed on the New York Times Bestseller list, or that it never hit any sort of top charts.

I wanted to ask them, are you sure you really want to do this? Are you sure you want to invest in my story?

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Do You Need a Cheering Section?

“Who is cheering for me?” she said.

She was up all night asking this question with tears falling down her face. Her husband sleeping next to her while he rested for the marathon he would run the next day. Her family ready to cheer him on.

And she held this question in her hands wondering.

“Who is cheering for me?”

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The Dangers of Referring to Anorexia as a Habit

I recently finished reading a powerful and helpful book called The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

It is a GREAT book. He describes the habit loop like this:

Habits are powerful: They create neurological cravings. Most of the time these cravings emerge so gradually that we’re not really aware they exist, we’re often blind to their influence. But as we associate cues with certain rewards, a subconscious craving emerges in our brains that starts the habit loop spinning.” Says Duhigg

We have all been there with habits right? Why we continue some bad habits and are able to break others has a lot to do with our brain. I am not denying that.

A recent study came out identifying a part in an anorexic’s brain lighting up in the habit region.

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The Pathology of Silence and Patrick Kennedy’s Courage to Break It

There is a silent code within many families, and it is not in relation to one’s status or wealth.

I am referring to the pathology of silence that encompasses a family when mental illness or addiction is present.

Don’t tell. Don’t share. It makes us (the family) look bad.

Patrick Kennedy bravely broke through the conspiracy of silence by sharing his own struggle with mental illness and addiction in a profound and heartwarming segment on 60 minutes. Watch Here.

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When We Box Each Other In

Boxes are so tidy. You can see all sides. They are one-dimensional and really there isn’t much more to say about them. It is what it is.

The same is true when we do that with people, this putting people in boxes.

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