Addicted to Sugar

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Addicted to Sugar

I kneeled on the floor, took off my sweater and exposed my fat arms, the ones that I usually hide. Sweaters cover my imperfection, while sleeveless shirts show the world I struggle with weight management.

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When Self-Care Actually Means Ignoring Ourselves

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When Self-Care Actually Means Ignoring Ourselves

Bubble baths are not bad.

Ok, we had to just make that clear. My personal shopping list (if I'm ever organized enough to actually make a list) includes some soothing Dr. Teal's. If I'm ever not answering a text or a phone call, it's usually because I'm locked away with Dr. Teal's and some Netflix on my laptop. 

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Why Am I Stuck in This Life?

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Why Am I Stuck in This Life?

There’s a day in my journal where I wrote, “I just don’t want this life I’ve been given. I know it doesn’t work that way, but I can’t do this anymore.”

On this particular day, I was reminded of the taste of disappointment. I was reminded of how disappointment takes hold of your heart and seeps into every pore in your body.

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Blame My Obsession with RISE on Rio

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Blame My Obsession with RISE on Rio

Don't judge me, but I've pretty much been listening to Katy Perry's Olympic theme song, Rise, since the day it came out. They featured it on the Today Show and I was hooked.

This song made me become a runner. Okay, just a jalker. (Yes, this is the word for walking/jogging...clearly more on the walking side.)

I feel like I can conquer the world.

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I Am Not My Shame and I Will Be Free

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I Am Not My Shame and I Will Be Free

I can still hear their voices clearly, heckling me with, “No one will ever love you,” “You’ll never amount to anything,” and “You’re going to die alone.”

Everyone knows junior high is brutal and this was no exception. I’m almost 29 years old and those words still haunt me.

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Lessons from My Mother: Whose Behavior Can You Control?

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Lessons from My Mother: Whose Behavior Can You Control?

My mother is a strong survivor of a marriage with an alcoholic. She did a great job getting free and healthy from that relationship, and I had the privilege of learning from her as she learned new lessons for herself. Her lessons have become my life mantras that I whip out whenever they apply.

One of those is her epic question: “Whose behavior can you control?”

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Lessons from My Mother: Intro

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Lessons from My Mother: Intro

I’m a big sucker for online quizzes. Every time Buzzfeed tells me that they can predict who I would vote for in the upcoming Australian election based on my favorite cheese, I am immediately drawn in. Even though I’m American. And I’m allergic to dairy. 

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When Hope Waits Years Down the Road

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When Hope Waits Years Down the Road

The show Parenthood will rock your world in the most beautiful ways. Sometimes I think that they watched my life just to get some writing material. It resonates with so many people because so many people's lives actually look like this. Although, some people can't watch it because it will make you feel all the feels, and people have enough of that going on in the real world. 

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