Taking Radical Responsibility for Our Lives

May 9th, 2017

If we don’t own our stuff, we will never see our disempowered pattern nor will we grow and experience a better future.  As Buddha says, “Enlightenment comes from awareness.” In order for us to grow, we must first become aware. I remember clearly the day I took radical personal responsibility for my life. It was about 7 years ago. I sto... Read More

Dear New Wife

April 6th, 2017

Dear New Wife, I remember the first time I met you. It was at my son’s birthday party. I was pleased to see my ex-husband as happy in a new relationship as I was in my new marriage. I was eager to get to know you, the newest member of our big, loving family!  When we were introduced, you hardly smiled or acknowledged me. Although it took m... Read More

Why Receiving Compliments Can Be Difficult- A Collaborative Column

July 10th, 2016

 Kristen Brown In my 20’s, my “I suck” wound (unworthiness) was so big I could hardly look in the mirror because all I saw were my flaws – flaws I noticed myself and flaws that had been pointed out to me by others. No matter how wholeheartedly a compliment was given, it felt fake and untrue to me. Although I’d say “thank you” to be ... Read More

How to Know When It’s Time to End a Friendship- A Collaborative Column

June 27th, 2016

 Kristen Brown In my not-so-distant-past I had a terrible habit of staying in friendships long after the person had repeatedly shown me who they were or more importantly, who they were not. I’m fantastic at seeing below the surface of others’ behaviors and extending unending grace, compassion and acceptance. Although those traits make me... Read More

A Sweet Empowerment Short- How to Stop Auto-Pilot Responses

June 23rd, 2016

Last night this question was posed to me: My reactions are so automatic, how do I catch them and choose differently before I speak or act? In this piece, I list the 3 Step go-to process I use to help keep me out of recklessness and aligned with empowerment. Step 1 - Awareness By simply recognizing and owning your auto-pilot response... Read More

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