Stop causing your own stress. Seriously. Stop.

Self-caused stress is the leading cause of tense shoulders and trouble falling asleep. This is true for me. Are you causing your own stress, too? I had a major realization the week before I visited my family in Oklahoma this last week of November. If I was stressed before I left for a week of […]

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Gratitude Practice 101

A gratitude practice starts with taking time out of your day to think, talk, or write about what you are grateful for. If writing is one of your favorite modes of expression, having a gratitude journal is a simple way to commit to a gratitude practice. When the act of feeling grateful turns into a […]

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take one step towards your happiness

stop overcomplicating your happiness. Keep happiness simple. Often times, you think that you need to do or have something major to feel happiness in your life. Happiness is about the small choices you make day by day. Personally, when happiness doesn’t feel close at hand, I choose to feel (what to me is the next […]

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How to Stop Feeling Green Envy

Green envy feels icky. Yet, it’s also temporary–when you stop avoiding it. There are so many ways to feel envy: Envy of someone who is in a relationship. Envy of the someone’s material possessions. Envy of someone’s qualities. Even though envy feels icky, facing envy is the first step towards dissolving it. My Personal Story […]

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When life gives you the sign to slow down

Don’t you feel let down because things are not going according to timeline? You feel stressed. Or you get sick out of nowhere. Isn’t it frustrating when life gives you the sign to slow down? You can’t do the things you want to do. Or you don’t have the energy to do them. Isn’t slowing […]

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To feel peace & freedom

Stop overanalyzing. Don’t look for meaning in every single thing. Do you get lost in thought? Do you overshare your advice? Do you talk the talk but not walk the walk? Do you give your opinion on everything? Do you judge? Analyzing, overthinking, and judging keep you from feeling peace and freedom. The mind binds […]

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To Welcome Harmony into Your Life

You must tidy up. Declutter. I know. You probably didn’t want to hear this. If you’re like me and tend to be on the busy side. Or on the lazy side 😆. Tidying and decluttering sometimes stays at the way bottom of the to-do list. The Magical Effect of Tidying & Decluttering Marie Kondo inspired […]

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Nourishing our Inner World

I’m currently reading the book in search of wisdom: A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe Andre, and Alexandre Jollien. One of the things I love about the book is that it’s written in a conversational style versus an informational, as-a-matter-of-fact style. The authors share their thoughts […]

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On Surrendering

I forgot how time-consuming job applications can be. (If you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting, that’s what I’ve been doing in my free time.) My dream is to “start my life” out of state, as if I wasn’t already living my life here. I know I want to take root somewhere, and it’s not […]

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The “Hot Iron” Lesson

Have you ever burned yourself by accident with a hot iron, a cooking pan, or scalding water? It’s not fun, and you would never purposely do this. Last week, I let this happen to me in the emotional sense. I found myself being affected by things that are beyond my control.

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