Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes It was a regular day, I was working from my home. The laptop was keeping me busy while emails trickled in popped with work meeting notifications and social media feeds in parallel kept company on my connect digital self. After one of the calls, I really started to wonder, is this worth it? My emotional […]

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A drawing of a man with a distorted face, reflected as a demon's.

Reading Time: 19 minutes How many times have you contemplated heading to the nearest airport and booking a one-way ticket to elsewhere? How many times have you actually gone through with it? If you haven’t, not even once, that’s probably because you don’t take the option seriously, pathologizing it as an escapist delusion. It isn’t. You may object, arguing […]

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My Vulnerability

February 6, 2020

A portrait of a young woman looking a bit upset.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes I feel like I wasn’t made for this world. Is that an odd statement? Apparently, as a child, I used to tell my mum that I didn’t feel I belonged; like maybe I had been born in the wrong time. I was five. I still feel that way. I feel sad a lot of […]

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A bright drawing of a man with portraits of various people in the background.

Reading Time: 5 minutes “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” (Dalai Lama) Nowadays we live in a very individualistic world, a society driven by ego, prestige and status. It’s all about “what’s in it for me” and how to get the best for “me, myself and I,” whether it’s in a materialistic, educational […]

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A painting of a woman's torso propelled by windmill wings, looking introspective and content.

Reading Time: 3 minutes How often do you put your happiness and self-worth in the hands of others? Do you even realize when you’re doing it? If you constantly seek validation from others, as your sense of achievement is totally built upon others’ opinions, you only feel good about yourself when you receive recognition from others; otherwise, you keep […]

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A portrait of a red-headed woman with her eyes shut introspectively.

Reading Time: 4 minutes To know if you are stressed, let’s take time to understand what stress is. In my Certified Stress Management Consultant seminar, my teacher, Dr. George Bien, says it best: “Stress is response to change!” I’d like to note that there is positive stress and there is negative stress. Positive stress stems from things that challenge […]

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An absract painting with broad, black strokes infused with white.

Reading Time: 3 minutes The summer of 2017 was idyllic. We had everything they could have dreamed of: a happy marriage, a beautiful home in Colorado, two adorable sons ages 3.5 and almost 2, and a daughter on the way. We spent most of the summer poolside in Boulder and visited beaches in California and Hawaii. Our boys loved […]

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A painting of a woman about to dive, and another woman mid-leap, watched by a group of three in the foreground.

Reading Time: 4 minutes Abuse Abuser – Audrey Michelle Once upon a time I felt the beauty of an entangled existence As another body coated my soul with the sweat of true acceptance It soaked into my needy pores Disease infected through its absorption Constantly intoxicated by new found spirituality You were my prince And I, sir Was your […]

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