Bringing Darkness Into The Light

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By Kate Kole

My biggest fear in ever sharing anything deeply personal is that it will be universally unreciprocated. That I will express my darkest thoughts or my biggest insecurities, and then I’ll look to the person sitting across from me for a nod of understanding as they instead gaze back with a bewildered expression. That I’ll lay it all out on a phone call and hear radio silence on the other end. That I’ll dig to the root of what keeps me up at night or disclose what holds me back from going after what I want in life and that I’ll be offered a sort of pitiful sympathy and the number of a good expert to see, rather than empathetic understanding and affirmation. Essentially, that I’ll come to discover my most isolating and unnerving feelings really are as weird, unnatural, and individual as I feared them to be. Continue reading

Dear Siblings…

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By Jillian Stacia

Dear Siblings,

It’s National Sibling Day, and I was going to write an essay about the importance of siblings or maybe a listicle about how to strengthen your relationship, but instead I decided to write you a letter. I’m not sure why, but it felt right.  And I’m trying to do more of the things that just feel right these days.

I don’t know where to begin other than, I love being your sister. Being your sister is the role of a lifetime. I say it often, but I truly believe we won the sibling jackpot. You are all such fantastic, deeply good people in your own ways, and it is a true honor just to know you. Continue reading

How To Be A Leader When Grappling With Anxiety

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By Kristina Baltutis

In today’s society, we are in desperate need of more leaders. Not necessarily people with leadership titles, but people who are actually, truly, on the front lines of our schools, workplaces, and communities, striving to make the world a better place for people other than themselves.

If you haven’t heard this call to leadership, you aren’t listening. It’s all over the news and your newsfeed, every time you see someone crying out, “Someone do something.” Sound familiar? Perhaps you’ve heard the call, but anxiety wracks your body with doubt and sends you right back under the covers, or, perhaps more commonly, causes you to keep scrolling.   Continue reading

Life In A Military Family

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

Family vacations usually include detours for breathtaking, natural wonders or a restaurant with amazing reviews. Mine usually included detours to the nearby Marine Corps base that my father had been stationed at so he could give us a driving tour of his old haunts. As we drove past the parade deck (the large, paved area where ceremonies and training took place), his old office building, and the O-Course (obstacle course) that he ran many times he would be transported to a previous life that he viewed with a great sense of pride and nostalgia. My brothers and I would be wondering, “When’s lunch?” Continue reading

Just Show Up

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By Kate Kole

I love the moments in life where things just seem to click. When a song plays, or a conversation happens, or a piece is published – and right there, in that instance, you could practically swear it was meant for you – like the universe somehow aligned to give you the boost, inspiration, or wisdom you needed to carry on. Continue reading

To All The Pregnant Ladies Who Are Officially Over Unsolicited Advice

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By Vanessa Sams

Greetings to all amazing women out there! I’m here to talk about something that is relatively less accepted as an open topic at dinner parties; namely what happens when you are pregnant and not gushing around with giddiness.

Now, this post isn’t about downright misery. This is about when you are at a dinner and you stare at a bottle of wine longingly, and someone (who of course must be the Dalai Lama) wisely tells you, “oh but think of how you’re growing a little life!” And you instantly want to stab them. However, instead you feel compelled to nod and smile and say, “you are so right!”. Or, this might be a post about those times when you can’t walk around unassumingly without someone announcing horrible things that could be happening to you. These times may go something like, … you are walking… a random stranger approaches… they stop to say, “are you ready for all of that sleeplessness and diaper changing Mama?!” Give me a break. Continue reading

10 Tips to Surviving March Madness When Your Partner Is Totally Obsessed

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By Jillian Stacia

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for basketball fans. But if you struggle to sit through a game without yawning, it can be a painful experience – especially when you live with someone who is a total fanatic.

Believe it or not, it is possible to make it through March Madness without going crazy. In fact, you may even learn to enjoy yourself! These tips will help show you the way: Continue reading

A Letter To Us: Today, Tomorrow, & Ten Years From Now

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By Kate Kole

I hope that you feel rich, with life, love, and experiences. That you’ve granted yourself permission to embrace the messiness along your path. And that you’ve unveiled purpose in each moment of pain. That you’ve taken your loneliness as an incentive to reach out to someone else, that you’ve tapped into your grief as a means to comfort others, that the times of confusion you’ve worked through have provided clarity and insight in another person’s life, and that your own experiences of darkness have served as guiding lights for others to find their way. Continue reading