Wonder and Whimsy

Why Your Dreams are Important: A Brief Reflection

Recently I was playing around with making inspirational posters. I love encouraging and inspiring people and reminding them of their worth. I have been playing around with various ways of communicating these ideas. Recently I created this poster about you and your dreams. You may have a dream that makes you really excited every time… Continue reading Why Your Dreams are Important: A Brief Reflection

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Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Do You Live from the Inside Out or the Outside In? (and Why This Question Matters.)

Do you live from the inside out or the outside in? Okay, to be honest, that is not an entirely fair question to ask you at the beginning of the post because I coined those phrases--Living from the Inside Out and Living from the Outside In, and I haven't even told you what they mean… Continue reading Do You Live from the Inside Out or the Outside In? (and Why This Question Matters.)

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

If You Feel Second-Rate Today

Somewhere at some point in your life, someone told you you were second-rate.  Someone tried to make you feel like you weren't one of the cool or special people. They tried to make you feel like you were ugly or dumb or unfashionable or uncool or ungodly or lazy or impractical or a drag or… Continue reading If You Feel Second-Rate Today

Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Why You Deserve to Think Loving Things About Yourself and How It Can Change Your Life

The Thoughts We Think About Ourselves If you are like a lot of people, you may spend a lot of  the day criticizing yourself mentally. For instance, maybe you have a constant stream of thoughts running through your mind that goes something like this: I’m so stupid. I’m fat. I’m a failure. What’s wrong with… Continue reading Why You Deserve to Think Loving Things About Yourself and How It Can Change Your Life

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

That “I’m Not Good Enough” Feeling and the Compassionate Mindset

Most of us experience a brief and passing feeling at one point or another that we are not good. Sometimes, however, the worry that we are not good enough becomes persistent and recurring. It causes anxiety, self-loathing, and chronic low self-confidence. One cause of the "I'm Not Good Enough" feeling is something I call the… Continue reading That “I’m Not Good Enough” Feeling and the Compassionate Mindset

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

The Gift of Respect: Treating Ourselves as People and Not Objects

When I was younger, I knew a girl who seemed to be a really sweet and friendly person. However, I soon discovered that the only time she was friendly to me was when she needed to borrow money. Initially I really liked this girl, and I lent her money a couple of times because I… Continue reading The Gift of Respect: Treating Ourselves as People and Not Objects