Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

“Miss Rumphius” taught me about humble acts of kindness. As I prepare to give birth to my first child — a little girl — in June, one of the things I’m most looking forward to is reading books together. I love the experience of being read aloud to. I love listening to someone else’s voice shape the words in … Continue reading Why Children’s Books Are Fountains of Wisdom

Why Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health Helps Us All

Prince Harry realized that there was “a lot of stuff” he needed to deal with. As celebrities begin to talk openly about their own struggles with mental health, people around the world may feel more comfortable admitting their own challenges, too. When I hear stories about leaders and role models who have struggled and triumphed, I … Continue reading Why Celebrities Speaking Out About Mental Health Helps Us All

My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Therapy, Dogs, and Medication. 1. Therapy I’ve been meeting with a therapist regularly for almost 10 years, and it has greatly helped me to manage my feelings of anxiety. For me, anxiety would build when I kept my fears and worries trapped inside. In my mind, without the necessary space to be released, these fears … Continue reading My Top 3 Choices For Reducing Anxiety

Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

A Psalm written in honor of Easter: Jesus Christ’s Resurrection Author’s Note: In my “Joy Bible Study” program this semester here in Lexington, Massachusetts at Grace Chapel, we’ve been studying the Psalms in the Bible. I’m a born-again Christian, and I’ve found a lot of strength, beauty, and healing in text of the Psalms. They … Continue reading Psalm of Praise — “God Gives Us Life”

Why Self-Reliance Is Not The Solution For Emotional Health

A balance of self, God, and others all matter. Disclaimer: I am not a therapist or doctor. I write purely from the perspective of my own mental health experiences, therapy, relationships, healing, recovery, teaching and research, and want to comment on what I see as a recurring theme in the media around the promotion of emotional … Continue reading Why Self-Reliance Is Not The Solution For Emotional Health

Graham Cracker On A Rock

An act of surrender. Today I walked by a Teddy Graham cracker lying on a rock. It was lying flat out on its back, and upon closer inspection, I saw that the rock was a piece of driveway asphalt about the size of a fist. I stopped to take a picture on my phone. The … Continue reading Graham Cracker On A Rock

Ivanka Trump’s White House Gig Is Opening Doors For Women

A rebuttal to Amanda Carpenter’s opinion piece in Cosmopolitan. Last week, CNN Contributor and political speechwriter Amanda Carpenter penned an opinion piece for Cosmopolitan, arguing that Ivanka Trump’s new role at the White House is an insult to working women. I disagree. As a working millennial woman, I admire and support the work that Ivanka Trump … Continue reading Ivanka Trump’s White House Gig Is Opening Doors For Women