Category: Self-Acceptance

Dare to be Different (Pt. 2): Burdens to Blessings

We humans are funny creatures. We know we should be seeing the glass as "half full" rather than "half empty," but we still gravitate towards the latter.We focus on how far we still have to go rather than acknowledging how far we've come.  We count others' blessings rather than seriously dwelling on our own. We ...

Dare to Be Different (Pt. 1): Embrace Who You ARE

One of my biggest frustrations in life is being misunderstood -- and surprisingly, it happens OFTEN. I'm not just talking about "misunderstanding" in the lighter sense (such as being unable to articulate myself clearly). I'm talking about being misunderstood in the deeper sense -- with things related to the core of who I am and what ...

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(Self)Compassion: No More Nagging

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsOne of the strangest things I've realized lately is how much of a "nag" I've been -- not to others, but to myself. It's how I get things done. I nag myself until I finish a task or fix what needs fixing, like an internal alarm clock that keeps ringing until ...

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5 Ways to Kiss Perfectionism Goodbye

I never took the possibility of being a perfectionist seriously, never really considered myself as one. But after putting a ridiculous amount of effort on school assignments last week that weren't even worth much to begin with -- especially at the expense of my own happiness, well-being and personal goals -- I realized that I ...

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Disney’s "Frozen": Top 3 Lessons on TRUE LOVE

The Disney movie "Frozen" captured my heart for SO MANY reasons -- good music, cute story line, lovable characters -- but what I loved most were its LESSONS. Seriously. Good job, Disney. If you haven't watched it yet, WATCH IT. It's the kind of movie that speaks to every woman, regardless of our differences (at ...

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Some Battles Must Be Fought More Than Once

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs Have you ever looked back at your life and realized that despite how much you'd grown, some things still needed repair? That although you'd changed over the years, there were still some things you never stopped struggling with, fears you'd never gotten over? Have you ever realized that problems you experienced ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 1): IDENTITY

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It's so easy to get caught up with negativity that we never take the time to celebrate the good stuff about life. But with Thanksgiving coming up (at least for those of us in Canada), I thought it would be fitting to start a new series on "Living in Abundance" ...

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VOCATION: Stepping into the Fullness of Who You ARE

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs There is a lot of talk about "vocation", especially in relation to God's plan for us. It can be confusing, but put simply, vocation isn't just a 'career choice' or 'relationship status' (whether you're married, single, or going into religious life); it's being who you REALLY ARE and who you were ...

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The Beauty in SURRENDER

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It’s funny how 'freedom' and 'surrender' are two words that seem to contradict each other—freedom usually referring to “doing whatever one wants.” But I learned recently that sometimes the opposite is true: that freedom, in the deepest sense, is surrendering what we want in place of something greater. LET ME EXPLAIN ...

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Lessons Learned from Penelope: Love Yourself

I fell in love with the movie "Penelope" for several reasons: It starred James McAvoy. ❤ It was funny. It was cute, lighthearted, and fairytale-like. At first, that was all I saw in it -- just a cute movie, with a cute story, and a VERY cute actor. Only after watching it again did I ...