Change Your Mind About Bacteria

It Will Make You Feel Better

Why on earth am I writing about bacteria? A few years ago I was nearly non-functional. I felt terrible. I had zero energy. All food made me sick. Especially healthy food. I didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything and was seriously thinking I would end up going on disability at work.

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I had been to the doctor and all of my tests came back “normal”. How could my tests be normal when I felt terrible? It was no way to live and I really couldn’t imagine

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10 Ways To Breakup With Stuff

A Little Time Out From The "Hooked On A Feeling" Series

Little did I know when I set out to write about emotions, this would trigger me to have a major breakup with my “stuff”. What I’ve found for me is that it’s difficult to really examine the heavier emotions such as fear, unworthiness and anger without feeling the need to run away and hide or throw everything I own away.

I don’t know that I’ll be able to continue the summer series since it’s made me need to take a break and evaluate how those emotions still have their “hooks” in me. I can see now they have manifested partly in my life as “stuff”.

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I had started reading a book earlier this year called “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up“. Honestly, the author is hardcore and I didn’t feel like I could follow her program, but it did open my eyes and make me think about “things” differently.

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Why Complaining Is The Gift You Don’t Want To Give

Did you know that complaining can be habitual? And that it can be an addiction? Some research shows that complaining can actually be bad for your health. Say what?

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So why do we love to complain? Mostly I think it’s because complaining meets our needs on a basic level. If you took the Six Human Needs test, then you already know about certainty,

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If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced

One thing that I’ve learned through life is that sometimes the things that we fear most or the things that people tell us we can’t do are the very things that we MUST do. This is why I love this quote by Vincent van Gogh and featured it in my post on doubt. (Plus, I love this painting and wanted to look at it again.)

Fanning The Flame Of The Internal Spark

Do you ever get an idea that creates energy inside of you which gives you a split-second impulse to act on the idea? If you don’t act right away, usually what follows is that little voice in your head that telling you all the reasons why you can’t do it. This is your lizard brain trying to protect you and keep you alive. If your impulse was to jump off a tall building into a baby pool, (more…)

How To Get Rid Of Anxiety

Anxiety is my constant companion. It seems to follow me around wherever I go. It shows up when things are chaotic—which is expected—but it also shows up when everything is going great. So what gives?

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First, I looked up the definition of anxiety:

An abnormal fear that lacks a specific cause

That pretty much sums it up for me. I know I’ve practiced the pattern of anxiety in my life to the point that it’s just become a habit. But it’s a habit I want to break.

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How To Break Out Of The Shadow Of Doubt



Do you ever find yourself trapped in the dismal shadow of doubt? You know that place. It’s where you feel unsure about what you think you should know and what you should be doing. When doubt creeps in, it feels like the solid ground of your self-esteem is slipping away inch by inch. One thing that does feel certain is that everyone else seems to have all the answers.

Three really crappy things about doubt:

  1. The horrible feeling that you don’t know enough about what you think you should know
  2. The “analysis paralysis” that can set in as a result of #1
  3. Not feeling able to make the right decision to move forward because of #2

All of these things can add up to feeling stuck. This really isn’t so bad when you’re solving a

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Is The Little Voice In Your Head Getting You Down?


Can you hear it? That little voice chattering away in your head? It helps you think about things and can be very useful for getting stuff done. But what does that voice sound like? Does it sound happy or sad? Does it seem to like you or loathe you? Is it mostly positive or punishing?

Stop and listen.

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What The Hell Were You Thinking?

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How many times have you heard that in your life? From your parents, your teachers, your bosses. Everyone seems to be an expert on what you should have done. Sure, you may have screwed up, but who doesn’t? The thing is, YOU may not have been thinking at all. You may have just been mimicking what you saw your parents do or what you saw someone else do.

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How To Make Stress Your Friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case.

This Ted Talk by Kelly McGonigal really helps you see that the story you tell yourself about what stress means to you can have a big impact on your experience in life. Fanning the flames of contrasting emotions can really do a number on you and cause a lot of stress.  So if stress is stressing you out, it may be time to tell a new story. Watch. Learn. See your life differently.