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Redefining Beauty: Superwomen (Real Women) Leading The Way

Redefining Beauty: Superwomen (Real Women) Leading The Way

Since the untouched photo of supermodel, Cindy Crawford, was leaked on the web Friday the social media praise has been overflowing. It’s like the lid on the pressure pot of female perfection just got released. All at once, every woman everywhere has been given unsaid permission of sorts (the social nod of approval) to love her body as-is with perfect imperfections.

This may sound silly to those of you who have rock hard self-esteem, but the majority of women out there no matter how amazing we may be, are still in the race to be everything, all at once, and beating ourselves up over everything we are not.

Speaking of amazing women, I just read an article this week by the phenomenal Elizabeth Gilbert on what reality really looks like for the woman who has it all. It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, this article is a must read; “The Best Thing You Can Do For Yourself — And All The Women Around You.” (more…)

10 Things You Should Know About Social Anxiety

10 Things You Should Know About Social Anxiety

Having lived with social anxiety disorder for over 18 years now, and having researched the personal experiences of others battling with this disorder, all votes seem to be unanimous – social anxiety sucks!

Never experienced social anxiety? Consider yourself lucky. According to the Social Anxiety Institute this seemingly irrational but very real disorder is among the third largest mental psychological disorders in the country, after depression and alcoholism.

Is it just me or is that information – Um, WOW! If it’s such a common problem then why aren’t we talking about it?

Personally, having lived with severe social anxiety since high school, I’ve rarely had the desire to share my dilemma with friends, family, and definitely not strangers.  (more…)

I Believe

I Believe

Despite opinions, I’m not fearless, I don’t consider myself particularly smart, and I don’t believe in luck.

I do believe in hard work. I believe in the energy of kindness. I believe a smile is a very powerful weapon against doubt and fear. And, I believe in love. Not the kind of love that makes you swoon, but the uncomfortable kind. The kind that is more concerned with someone else’s happiness than the sacrifice in letting go of a little of your own comforts.

More than anything though, (more…)

Last Chance

Last Chance

I think my marriage is falling apart. My wife has a bit of a temper and these days it seems like we are always fighting. I don’t want to fight anymore and I’ve explained to her that I can’t keep living like this. I used to love her but I’m not sure that I do anymore. I’m not sure if I ever loved her the way I should have loved her. She is so insecure, constantly looking over my shoulder, and blaming me for everything. I’ve told her so many times that she has to change or this won’t work. I’m not sure what to do except leave. Any advice? Sincerely, Last Chance 

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