The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion

Mrs. Nagel, my fourth grade teacher, was a master of cultivating wonder in the classroom. Our class adopted a tree on our school playground. We visited this tree every other week all throughout the year, and Mrs. Nagel asked us to write about the way the tree changed through the seasons. I looked forward to … Continue reading The Power of Wonder: A Joyful Subversion

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That Time I Asked the Universe for a Hammock, and It Magically Showed Up at My Door

Asking for things, stating my needs, being clear about what I want: these are things that make me  nervous. In fact, historically, I have often been pretty bad altogether about being honest about what I want or need. When I think about why this is so, I realize it is because I somehow picked up … Continue reading That Time I Asked the Universe for a Hammock, and It Magically Showed Up at My Door

Step Two: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Step 2: I realized that this is not how life was meant to be—that I was meant to live a life of Love and not hate and loathing. (See the overall steps here and step one here). Self-hate is a common phenomenon in our lives--so much so that we often do not even realize that … Continue reading Step Two: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Step One: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

The first step: One day I realized that I had no idea how to love myself and that I was stuck in a pattern of self-hate and self-loathing. The other day I wrote about a path of seven steps (more or less) for overcoming self-hate. I thought I would elaborate on them in a series … Continue reading Step One: Seven Steps to Love (Letting Go of Self-Hate)

Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate

On my blog at various points, I have written about how for many years, I unconsciously struggled to love and accept myself and as a result, I often got stuck in patterns of self-loathing and self-hate. (You can read more about this here, here, here, and here.) When I realized that I struggled with this … Continue reading Seven Steps to Love: Recovering from Self-Hate