Dear Artists: You Gotta be Brave

It was a very bad song lyric. Most of the time, my songwriting stems from pure emotion. Anger, anxiety, shame, and confusion are frequent songwriting partners. Sometimes these emotions offer lucidity and power. Other times, they’re just plain stupid. Sometimes, my lyrics come off as preachy. Other times, they come off as immature. And sometimes…

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Identifying Sources of Anxiety

As night falls and the world slows down, anxiety sneaks up on me like a bridge troll. “You’re a bad person!” The bridge troll screams, “You make all your friends sad! People think you’re rude and insensitive and STUPID! Everyone is still thinking about that dumb thing you said six hours ago!”  I’ll be relaxing with my…

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The 10 No-brainer Ways to Reduce Your Trash Output

A couple years ago, my husband and I went to a local park with the intention of cleaning up trash. You would think this would be an uplifting experience, but it wasn’t. We spent hours picking up other people’s garbage, and when we put our five trash bags in the dumpster, we realized that the…

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Want to be Healthy? Have More Fun!

Image by Abigail Keenan  I have a puritanical work ethic. It gets to the point where I get this tight feeling in my chest, like I have to get my wiggles out. It’s the same feeling I got as a kid if I studied for too long. Sometimes you need to get out and feel…

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It Might Be Time to Change Your Attitude About Money

I was scrubbing the floor. The kids were sleeping. I was at work as a nanny in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, and I was 24 years old. My boss (the dad of the kids) walks up to me as he cracks open a Redbull. “I really appreciate you scrubbing the floors,” he says, “You…

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A Case for Driving Peacefully

Most of us only think about one thing when we turn the key in the ignition: getting to where we’re going, and fast. Driving is something most of us have to do every day. We usually take the same route, get stuck behind the same people, and have the same bad habits behind the wheel.…

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