The Adversary of Anxiety: Optimism

Fighting anxiety is hard. If you've spent any time trapped in the throes of a panic attack or worry session, you know how much power anxiety can wield over you. But just like every supervillain faces a stronger superhero, anxiety has its adversary too. Optimism. Optimism is "a feeling or belief that good things will happen." (Merriam-Webster). When dealing with anxiety, we often forget that good things are possible. Anxiety paralyzes you by flooding your mind with every possible negative outcome.  Sometimes, anxiety is so overwhelming that even simple tasks…

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2015 Annual Review: Reflections & Plans for the Future

When I started this blog, one thing that I knew I wanted to do at the end of each year (or in this case at the beginning of a new one) is to conduct an Annual Review and share it publicly. This is inspired by one of my favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau, who wrote The Art of Non-Conformity and has conducted an annual review for 8 years on his blog. I'm excited to share with you, my very first annual review, highlighting my successes as well as my failures in 2015…

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You Can Start Today!

When my sisters and I were in grade school, my dad had his own way of encouraging us to do well. He taught us the following exchange, which we had to say nearly every day. Every morning, he'd say to us, "Do your best!" We would always say that we would. Then he'd ask us, "Why are you going to do your best?" Our response was, "Because we're going to be somebody." Then he'd say, "Starting when?" To which we'd reply, "Today!" Today It's life's greatest…

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