Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Creating Community and Connection: Finding My Tribe, by Larkin Oates

Carrying a basket of striped sock monkeys and assorted stuffed animals, I grab my tea and enter the casual lounge space. The three people wait as I then settle into my seat. We gather here because one woman dared to ask for help when experiencing personal despair. Specifically, she asked us to facilitate an intensive daylong inward journey.

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It's Easiest Being Me, by Suzy Newman

It's Easiest Being Me, by Suzy Newman

“The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.”
– Leo Buscaglia, a.k.a. “Dr. Love”

Being me. What in the world does that mean? I thought I was being me by being what other people wanted and expected me to be. I looked like I had it all: A good marriage, happy and healthy children, and I lived in a nice house with 2 nice cars. Actually, that worked for a long while. I looked at the content of my life and I thought, “I’ve done what I was suppose to do! Good job!” The problem was, I thought being the “good girl” and doing “what I was suppose to do” would mean I would be “HAPPY” too. But what I felt inside was restless, resentful, and angry.

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Be Yourself, by Lynee Durham, LPC-MHSP

Be Yourself, by Lynee Durham, LPC-MHSP

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde

I saw this recently on a car commercial, of all places. It struck me because it is such a simple truth. Simple truths are not always simple to live out though. What does it mean to “be yourself”?

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Missing Out, by Jenny Emerson, LMFT, LMT

Missing Out, by Jenny Emerson, LMFT, LMT

For those who didn’t catch the earlier blog, I gave up Facebook for Lent. I actually gave it up before Lent, on Feb 4th. So it has only been a couple of weeks but I am already noticing all the things I am missing. Friends are getting engaged, having babies, going on awesome vacations, etc.

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