My Top Four Wellness Tools

I have this habit. It’s not a good one. In keeping with my “all-or-nothing” personality, I tend to have difficulty doing life at a slow pace. I run full speed ahead, charging at life with my sword drawn. Have you ever seen a movie or TV show with Scottish Highlanders running into battle, screaming like a banshee (side note: any Outlander fans? Are you not completely obsessed? My husband reads this, so I probably shouldn’t share my thoughts about Jamie. But let me just say: Oh. My.)? That’s pretty much my approach to life.

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The Problem With Meditation

I have a love/hate relationship with meditation. I don’t think I’m the only one. I strongly suspect there are others like me, who love the benefits of meditation, but force themselves to sit on their cushions because they could easily put it off forever if they didn’t make themselves do it. To put it simply, it’s much easier to SAY I have a meditation practice than it is to ACTUALLY HAVE a meditation practice.

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The Truth About Anxiety

My name is MacKenzie and I have anxiety. I was asked to write a guest blog post for my dear friend Amy about my journey discovering, understanding, and coping with my anxiety and I must say, the thought triggered the very issue itself. But, if my story can help someone else understand the things that they are going through or make them feel as if they are not alone in their struggle, it is well worth the anxiousness. I want to preface with the fact that I am in no way an expert on the subject. I am not a certified mental health care provider, I hold no official degree or any kind of expertise in the field of mental heath. I cannot tell you what you should do, or how you should cope if you or someone you love has issues with anxiety. All I can tell you is my own personal experience. So here it is.

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Everyday Miracles

There are moments, everyday-nothing-special moments, that stick in my memory.  I don't know why those moments stay with me and other things, bigger things, don't. But one morning, several weeks ago, I woke up and in that transition between asleep and awake, I suddenly remembered a moment from 26 years ago.  And then I started to cry, when I realized how that one everyday-nothing-special moment has shaped my life. 

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Cherishing Yourself. Just Because.

I have this friend who has recently become a single mom. Whenever we talk, one of the things I encourage her to do is to take care of herself.  I kinda lecture and nag her about it, to be honest. To be clear, I don't feel she should take care of herself because she's a mom and her kids need her. She is, and they do. But that's not my main reason. From my view point, I want her to take care of herself because I love her, and in my eyes she is so worthy of being cherished, and that includes cherishing herself.  I firmly believe we are all inherently worthy, and therefore we should all take care of ourselves. And yet...

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The Broken Vase

     Perfection. We want it. We admire it. We aspire to it.  If we purchase something that is broken, we return it. If something we already have breaks, we fix it or throw it out. And according to some social media profiles, some of us appear to have achieved perfect lives.  Everywhere we look, there is the assumption that if something is flawed, it is unworthy. So what does that say about us? If we are not perfect, are we unworthy?

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