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Job hunting reflections from a mental health survivor

I guess you can call me a bit lucky in the past. Landing a job used to be a breeze. But after a hiatus of more than two years as I recover from a mental health illness, things have changed. I could get my foot in the door, but getting hired/selected was a different story.… Continue reading Job hunting reflections from a mental health survivor

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It’s not personal . . . unless your worth’s attached to it

"Don't take things personally." This oft-repeaten advice was discussed by Don Gabriel Ruiz in his book The Four Agreements. A year after I read that book, I have to remind myself of this advice over and over. Especially since recently, I have encountered the following: Someone flatly refused to help me . . . in front… Continue reading It’s not personal . . . unless your worth’s attached to it

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Lessons from Stargirl: Showing up as ourselves, showing up for our lives

Stargirl was the first book by Jerry Spinelli that I've read. Since I graduated from high school, I never really found the time to sit with a fiction book. Until I got hold of a copy of this book. I just couldn't put it down. Stargirl was a homeschooled teen who eventually attended a public… Continue reading Lessons from Stargirl: Showing up as ourselves, showing up for our lives

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Books and materials that taught me why boundaries are important for self-care

One of the first handouts given to me when I began my regular therapy was on BOUNDARIES. At first I did not understand what it had to do with the mess I found myself in. But as I went back to the "real world" after every session, I realized that my therapist was actually empowering… Continue reading Books and materials that taught me why boundaries are important for self-care

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Personal finance and an inner sense of abundance and worth

When I began reading books on finances, every so often I would encounter the concept of abundance and self-worth, and their link to building wealth. For many, the struggle does not lie in developing new skills, because they are good at what they do. It does not lie in earning more, because they do earn… Continue reading Personal finance and an inner sense of abundance and worth

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“Your inner purpose is to awaken.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

In a previous post, I had covered insights about finding one's life purpose. In this post, I'd like to add one more perspective that boggled my mind because it was SO SIMPLE (well, at least on paper). Reading Eckhart Tolle's book A New Earth felt like going through a spiritual text, a philosophy book, and a psychology… Continue reading “Your inner purpose is to awaken.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

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The abundance within each of us

The importance of developing an abundance mindset was nothing new to me. After reading articles and listening to videos and podcasts, I began listing things I am thankful for in my life. As a way of increasing self-love (instead of listening to the constant barrage of criticism within and around me), I began listing things I… Continue reading The abundance within each of us

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“Celebrate the effort, not the result” – Cathy Collautt

In a previous post, I had mentioned how an interview and free article from Catherine Collautt had changed the way I viewed failure. Her tips did not numb the pain. But these helped me adjust my thoughts and incorporate a new habit that somehow softened the blow of rejections. At the same time, it made… Continue reading “Celebrate the effort, not the result” – Cathy Collautt

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“Remember your Kipling” – Octavia Spencer

Several times, I have encountered the term Stoicism. I never really appreciated it until of course, troubles and failures came, one after the other. And my head, which til recently had been accustomed to wins and rewards and avoided failure at all cost, could not make sense of my new reality. I no longer wish… Continue reading “Remember your Kipling” – Octavia Spencer

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Inhabiting My Own Life

This entry is a response to The Daily Post's 25 August word prompt: inhabit. I have spent years trying to make others happy, thinking about what others need. I've spent an even longer time daydreaming about the way my life ought to be, or the kind of life that will one day make me happy. But… Continue reading Inhabiting My Own Life