Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn

Audiobooks have been one of my main ways to cope with stress and anxiety for years now. At my not-blogging job, I usually listen to them for eight hours a day. So my average week has 40 hours of wonderful books playing into my ears. Along with everyone else (hey there global pandemic!), I’ve been way more stressed than usual and I was finding it hard to focus on any new books. I’d listen for an hour and then have no idea what was going and I just gave up. So I decided to listen to books from my childhood that I loved. I just made it through four series by Tamora Pierce and then I decided to move onto Dragon Prince. You can get the Audiobook | Kindle | Paperback I think I was 15 or 16 when I found this series and it was one of my first…

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8 Self-Care Lessons Learned from Fairy Tales

I was originally outlining a plan for my newsletter this morning and I thought – “You know what would be cute? A fairy tale design.” And then when I started thinking about it, I was making all of the associations between different fairy tale themes and then I decided it would make a super cute blog post – and here we are! 8 Self-Care Lessons Learned from Fairy Tales You’ve Got To Kiss the Frogs: You’re not always going to get it right on the first try and that’s okay. Whether it’s in love, your career, nailing a hobby, or meeting a goal – you’re going to fail sometimes. I didn’t find my twue wuv until I was in my 30s. I’ve been blogging for a decade and only in the last few years have I really “made” it. It took me years to work on my anxiety and my…

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Celebrate Your Personal Accomplishments

Lots of mental health issues stem from a sense of worthlessness. When you have anxiety or depression that makes it hard to do even the smallest things – it’s hard to remember that you’re awesome. There are different ways to define your self-worth, and so often we wrap those definitions around “normal” accomplishments. Like having a successful career, losing weight, buying a house by a certain age, a wonderful marriage, or having a life that’s Instagram-perfect. That’s what we’ve been taught success looks like. All of those things are wonderful accomplishments but they aren’t the only accomplishments. Now let’s say that you don’t have any of those things. It’s so easy to fall into a shame/guilt spiral. Feeling like you can’t do things right. Like you might never be any sort of version of successful. The problem with all of this is that most of us don’t know how to…

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7 Reasons Why Our Attempts at Self-Improvement Fall Flat

Human beings are not fixed. We’re constantly changing, adapting, and evolving. We all have default behaviors but that doesn’t mean that we can’t change them. Because we can change them. We don’t have to stay stuck. The last few months, I’ve been focusing on my anxiety. Global pandemics have a way of making you feel like all the work you’ve done to not be anxious has completely unraveled. I’ve noticed that I’ve reverted to some of my default settings. Getting angry or annoyed over little things. Staying up way later than I should. A heaviness in my chest that tells me that my stress levels are too high. So I’ve been doing the work. I’ve downloaded apps on my phone to help me be more mindful and organized. I’ve started meditating (nearly) every day and I’m listening to music that makes me feel calm and happy. Changing those default settings…

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