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Poetry

A Poem About Living Abundantly: A Journey

An abundant life is one fueled by the nourishment of our mental, emotional and physical well-being. It's establishing that love, intentional joy and purpose doesn't solely come from who or what we surround ourselves with; it's the inner work that cares for our needs when we experience the ups and downs, successes and struggles that life typically cycles through.   

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Everyday Lifestyle, Self-Care & Well-Being

How Do You Show Yourself Love?

Let’s face it, saying that life has its ups and downs is expressing it mildly. A more accurate descriptor would be there are cycles of advancement and regression, reworking and awakening, unpleasantness and pleasure, even chaos and calm; with many other experiences in-between that may make it difficult, at times, to show ourselves some kindness and understanding.

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Poetry

[Re]Connection …

Our self-worth is something we should nurture and protect. Maintaining boundaries that reflect our authentic selves can ensure we are surrounded by people that foster genuine connections based on nurturing reciprocity.

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Everyday Lifestyle, Self-Care & Well-Being

Self-Care 101: Natural Mood Boosters

Requiring a mood boost every now and then is completely normal; particularly during dreary, colder months or as we navigate a way through bouts of general anxiety and depression -- even pandemic depression, which so many of us are experiencing.

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Poetry

Renewal

The seasons and cycles of nature serve as a reminder that growth, rejuvenation and new beginnings will continue to arrive, blossom and bloom. It reveals to us that despite challenges and hardships, we can use the change we experience to emerge renewed; sometimes in ways we may not anticipate.

A man rests on a wooden bench. He is laying down with his eyes closed and his hand behind his head. He is practicing some self-love. Photo by Cassandra Hamer.
Poetry

Love Yourself Enough (Poem)

Alongside our studies, jobs or careers, there can frequently be persistent pressure in our personal lives to always stay motivated or constantly pursue the next goal; being productive is often seen as the most significant sign of success in our lives. 

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Affirmations & Journaling, Everyday Lifestyle

Writing Prompts For Daily Positive Affirmations

uplifting statements throughout the day, we can refocus and retrain our negative thoughts. They can encourage us to discover what nourishes confidence and releases us from a cycle of self-sabotage.

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Affirmations & Journaling, Everyday Lifestyle

5 Mindfulness Quotes | Lessons From Nature

We are not passive outsiders to nature. The natural world is as much a part of us as we are a part of it. It’s no wonder that spending time amongst its regrowth, resiliency and beauty can encourage us to find lessons and remedies that improve our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.