Category: Self-Improvement

We Can’t Always Protect Other People’s Feelings & That’s OK

Yesterday I accidentally upset a woman by texting very briefly in the movie theatre (mind you, I was texting underneath my jacket with my screen dimmed to maximum, but I guess she still caught a glimpse of the glare). It was the kind of text that needed an urgent reply, but I get it: people go to ...

Say “Yes” to Life — It Might Surprise You

As sobering as it is to admit, I allowed many years of my life to be governed by fear. Almost every move I made was done out of self-protection or self-preservation. I'd approach most situations with caution, paranoid that a good moment would go sour or that a bad one would go from 'worse' to ...

This New Year, Dare to Dream Big

"Dreaming" hasn't always come easily for me. I've always admired my brother's naturally confident disposition, his believing mindset, and his ability to dream with ease. I don't know if it's a mixture of my temperament and life experiences, but I've always approached life with significantly more caution, somewhat afraid to dream big out of fear ...

Life Lessons from Latin Dancing

It's only been one month since I started taking Latin partner dance classes (like salsa, bachata, and Brazilian zouk), and I'm surprised by how restorative it's been for me. At first I thought I was simply learning something new—taking up a hobby to sneak in some physical activity after work—but it ended up being so ...

Is Complacency Masquerading as Productivity?

"When you waste time, you disdain God's gift - the present - which He, in His infinite goodness, relinquishes to your love and to your generosity." - St. Padre Pio Have you ever spent consecutive weeks jumping from party to party, movie after movie, or going out every night - only to come home feeling oddly ...

6 Quotes to Welcome the New Year

It's New Year's Eve! For some people, reflecting on the past year gives them a feeling of triumph—they've made great strides, accomplished important goals, and overcome many challenges. But for others, reflecting on the past year can feel wearisome, filled with regret and disappointment. Here are some quotes to help you look up instead of ...

Don’t Let Fear of "Not Knowing" Stifle Your Growth

Being okay with "not knowing" has always been difficult for me, as it is for many. There's just something uncomfortable about it. We fear taking risks because we can't foresee the future. We want to be able to plan, to predict, to prepare, and to control. We want to be certain and we want to know. ...

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Fear: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsFear is a funny thing -- it protects us from potential dangers, but also keeps us from seeking things that might actually be good for us. It causes us to avoid things that could be harmful, but also keeps us from the very things that could make us happy. And ironically, ...

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5 Ways to Kiss Perfectionism Goodbye

I never took the possibility of being a perfectionist seriously, never really considered myself as one. But after putting a ridiculous amount of effort on school assignments last week that weren't even worth much to begin with -- especially at the expense of my own happiness, well-being and personal goals -- I realized that I ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 4): LIFE DIRECTION

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs This is probably drilled in your head by now since I've repeated it over the past few weeks, but here it goes again: The difference  between living in 'abundance' or 'lack' depends on perspective. The same thing applies to the direction of our lives. Why care? Because life never stops ...

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