• Positive Self-Talk Helped Me Take Back Control of My Life

    Positive self-talk is much more complex than repeating a mantra in front of my bathroom mirror every morning. It’s a direct reflection of how I value myself, especially when life doesn’t go my way. Focusing on creating a more positive inner voice has helped to transform my negative thought processes into motivation and create strength out of negativity. The day I started applying positive self-talk to my life was the day I began living intentionally again. Rather than obtaining a new skillset, I discovered my own existing potential. I now have confidence in my capability to successfully set and reach my own goals, and the drive to continue when faced…

  • I Regret Being Disrespectful To My Mom: Here’s How We Communicate Now

    It seems like it’s pretty common for mothers and daughters to struggle with communication. Living with someone in close quarters can create tension. My mom and I are certainly no exception. As both incredibly strong-willed women who enjoy argument (you know it’s true, Mom! LOL), we were at odds a good bit of the time, when I was growing up. Neither of us usually ever backed down and we both almost always wanted the last word. Little did I know that my mother actually does know best, and it would have done me some good to listen every now and then. In high school, my attitude progressed to its worst…

  • How I Make a Positive First Impression Every Time

    When I was younger, I had no inclination of the importance of a good first impression. I was full of awkwardness and emotions and completely unsure of how to deal with it all, which probably applied to all of us at some point. Allowing negativity to take over, I feared change and resisted making any effort at the beginning of new friendships and relationships. I later realized that the more negativity I put into the world, the more I negativity I got back. The better choice would have been to allow love and friendship into my life, which would have sooner facilitated my self-growth. I’ve learned that starting off on…

  • 8 Ways We Can Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

    Spring is back in full force and Earth Day has arrived once again to remind us just how much time we spend indoors. With the weather becoming warmer, it’s the perfect time to get cozy with mother nature. I love Earth Day, but I also believe we should be earth-minded every day. Being conscious of the earth’s health- or lack of- is crucial for each and every one of us. However, it’s also important to relish the endless wonders of our planet each day, while still doing our part to make a positive change. Here are 8 ways we can honor our Earth and ourselves every single day: Stop and…

  • Here’s How To Ditch Your Resting Bitch Face

    Ah, “resting bitch face,” a curse that has plagued Kristen Stewart and Kanye West, as well as many of us, throughout our lives. It’s the act of physically appearing as annoyed or displeased when in reality you’re actually having a delightful day and thinking gleeful thoughts. Believe it or not, this phenomenon is actually curable and I’m going to show you how. Positive impressions are key to succeeding in our society, even if we don’t want to face it. I’ve always been the type to try not to care about what others think of me, but now being in a professional setting, I’ve realized that it really is significant to…

  • 4 Ways To Be Zen Like The Buddha

    “Conquer anger with non-anger. Conquer badness with goodness. Conquer meanness with generosity. Conquer dishonesty with truth.” The Buddha, The Dhammapada Siddhartha Gautama, whom you probably know as the Buddha, was born on this day, 2,641 years ago, and was a pure embodiment of peace and transcendence in a ruthless world. He was a true representation of an excellent communicator, comforting his listeners, and ultimately inspiring and motivating them to become the best versions of themselves, continuing to influence individuals’ way of thinking two millennia after his passing. What is “Zen” anyway? Zen Buddhism, born out of China, is one of the many branches of Buddhism, similar to the relationship between…

  • I Silenced My Voice and Lost My Authenticity

    I had an aching feeling that people didn’t know the real me. I felt like each day I was treated and talked to in ways that didn’t reflect who I was at all. As much as I hated this and I couldn’t be fully myself, I struggled to use my voice to speak up and communicate who I was with the world around me. I was afraid of losing the comfortable sense of identity that I had gained among my friends and acquaintances. But at the same time, I wanted desperately to be myself. It felt like I was a caricature of what others thought of me. I envied those…

  • How to Really Apologize

    Saying you’re sorry can feel incredibly intimidating, especially if your pride is exceptionally strong, which can get in the way of the ability to be fully sympathetic with another person in conflict. The good news is there’s a way to improve And, what exactly makes an apology sincere? Emotional display is key for the success of your apology. If you’re angry or on the verge of tears, your apology probably won’t be received the way you intend, no matter how pure your intentions are. You can research and try all kinds of ways to get yourself into the right mindset for an apology. The fastest and easiest way to obtain…

  • 6 Tips to Start Speaking Your Mind

    Assertive communication involves getting your point across in the most direct and open way possible, while still remaining cool and collected. It takes confidence to put your thoughts into clear words. Click here to first learn more about how to strengthen your confidence. Just the idea of being assertive can absolutely feel intimidating. When you do so, you’re allowing yourself to be vulnerable, which is probably you’re real fear: not being assertive. When you’re young, speaking up against the school bully sounds like the last thing you want to partake in. It may be that you’re still afraid to speak up to or against others now, as an adult. Some…

  • How To Create Confidence

    Very few people are born with natural, unbreakable confidence. The rest of us are forced to create it pretty much out of thin air… or we never do. The choice is ours. Of course, I’m talking about self-confidence in this context. It’s defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.” Embodying confidence isn’t as difficult as you might believe. At some point in your life, you’ve probably had someone tell you to “fake it ’til you make it.” To some degree, I do agree with this sentiment. When you’re trying to build up your confidence, faking it is…