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Expectations. Premeditated resentments. Unnecessary stress. Yesterday, I did a great job of placing the responsibility of change squarely on the shoulders of my clients--where it belongs, of course. And yet, for hours afterward I was left with a sadness I couldn't explain. Through reflection and journaling, I stumbled across the thought: I expect my clients... Continue Reading →

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A note from your (human) therapist

It turns out that your therapist has a few--*gasp*--expectations! Deep breaths, everyone. Peel yourself off the floor if you fainted. I can wait... "Expectations" is practically a dirty word, isn't it? Therapists aren't supposed to have them. We're supposed to be unconditionally supportive, allowing you to be as you are in any given moment. Yes... and I... Continue Reading →

2016

25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2016 (or at the beginning of 2017) 1. What am I most proud of this year? Diving into my creativity with learning to sew and writing more than ever. I'm deep into a novel, which feels pretty exciting. And creating a structure that allowed me to... Continue Reading →

3rd time’s a charm

I've started at least 3 posts recently and can't finish/publish any of them. I think it's because I keep trying to write something reflective of a bigger picture. Meh. Instead, I'm going to just tell you what's been up. I've been writing A LOT, both personally and professionally. Great, right? I'm pretty excited. Elizabeth Gilbert's... Continue Reading →

Reflections on the Self

Seeking the refuge of the Self resonates with attachment theory. Our parents/caregivers create a secure bond with us that allows us to feel safe enough to explore the world. Whatever happens, we know we have a safety net to return to in our parents' love. Psychologically, this creates a belief that the world and its... Continue Reading →

Conditions

During a yoga practice yesterday, while floating in savasana, I heard the teacher say that imposing conditions on your current experience will not help you. A wave of emotion swept over me, because I felt the truth of this message. It's not the novelty of the concept that affected me so deeply, but more that... Continue Reading →

2013

I read this a few weeks ago and decided it would be a good exercise to reflect upon 2013 so that I may have a fresh outlook for 2014. 25 Questions to Ask Yourself Before the End of 2013 1. What am I most proud of this year? Making decisions based on what is right... Continue Reading →

Choosing My Voice

This is an essay I wrote for a contest last September. I wasn't interested in winning and am not entirely sure this essay is really a final draft. I just needed a reason to write. In the past, when I've been given a prompt or a deadline, I could motivate and discipline myself enough to... Continue Reading →

Renewal

I started this blog to motivate myself to write about the things that inspire me. I haven’t posted since October. I assure you this does not mean I have lacked inspiration or that the world has ceased to entertain and enlighten me. It means creating the blog as a motivational tool has not been entirely... Continue Reading →

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