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Twelve Months to a Better Woman

Catching a Dream by Charles Lennox WrightMany of you know that I was diagnosed with post-partum depression late last summer. But as I’ve delved into my past with my therapist, I’ve discovered that depression has been a part of my life much longer than I thought.

I didn’t know that depression contributed to the mood swings that made me feel unlovable. I didn’t know that depression distorted my reflection into something deeply unattractive. And I didn’t know that depression made me truly believe that I didn’t deserve anything nice.

With things finally looking up for me, I’m ready for a change. I’m ready to accept the love of friends and family. I’m ready to feel beautiful. And, at twenty-seven years old, I’m finally ready to treat myself right. Read the rest of this entry

The Examined Life

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Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. His advice still resonates today. It’s so easy to get caught up in a routine, even if those routines make us feel isolated, unwell, or unhappy. Developing a habit of thinking about our course as a person or as a family can help us dramatically improve our lives by making us more reflective and more thoughtful people. Read the rest of this entry

Eight Easy Ways to Get to Know the Neighbors

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The world may keep getting smaller, but Americans spend less and less time with the people who live nearest to us. Most of us know more about national politics than we do about the things going on in our own communities. And we often drive across town to visit people who think the same way we do instead of learning something new from the families right next door. That kind of isolation from our neighbors costs us the sympathetic ears, helping hands, and loving hearts neatest to our homes. Read the rest of this entry

How to Get Advice That Actually Helps You

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We only live once. That means that every step in life is new and different. Passing from one role at which we have no experience to another is part of what keeps life interesting. But it precisely because each stage in life brings new, exciting challenges that it is so important to learn to ask for—and take—advice.

I’ve had to play many new roles in the last three years of my life. I was a graduate student in a long-distance relationship. Then I was a newly-wed just starting a new job. Now I’m a new mom. Each new challenge has required a lot of advice and help from a supportive community of women—family, friends, and co-workers. Receiving so much advice has taught me a lot about how good advice and how to get it.

Good advice depends on who you ask, what you ask, and how you listen. Read the rest of this entry