Stress Management

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Permission to Be Unreasonable

“I don’t know when to trust myself and how to know if I’m being unreasonable,” she wrote to me. “On being ‘unreasonable,’” I replied, “who cares?” I remember when I was in a relationship that wasn’t making me happy several years back. It just always felt like something was missing, and no matter how I tried […]

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Don’t Correct Me

I used to think I was wrong for the things I shared and the ways I felt. When I spoke what was true for me and my experience. When I made real the emotions and experiences that burned inside my heart and left marks on my soul. I used to think I was wrong because […]

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When I Get Lost, Again, I Do This…

I turn off the lights and close my eyes, only to jump out of bed moments later in search of a specific book. I grab the book, turn the light back on, and climb under the covers again. Three pages and a couple highlighted paragraphs later, I’m searching for my journal and scavenging for the […]

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You Have To Be Willing To Let It Burn

I was scrolling through Instagram one morning, half asleep and feeling all the feels, when this quote from Hiba Fatima Ahmad suddenly appeared before me: “How can you rise, if you have not burned?” Perfection. Because my work these past several months has really been about choosing to rise. Choosing to come back from the hardest year and […]

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I’m Strong Because I Was Weak

There was a time in my life when I thought a lot about ending it. When I chose to be numb and stop feeling because it was too much to be here. There was a time in my life when I stole and smoked and rarely went to school. When I was drinking and talking […]

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People around me have noticed how “happy” I’ve been lately and I can 100% say that I have never felt more happy, authentic, confident, and healthy as I do now. I am so grateful to Stephenie for helping me begin this journey of self discovery.

— Jennifer McAleese