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Imposter Syndrome and The Value Within

Having spent the weekend in Joshua Tree celebrating the birthday of one of my best mates, I thought about the individuality of everyone there. My weekend housemates were all open and being their wonderful selves. Being in a house of 14 people, I got to spend time with unique personalities with great senses of humor and immeasurable kindness. While enjoying myself, I began thinking about whether I could fit in and be liked by everyone there. A sense of imposter syndrome kicked in, where I thought what do I bring to the table? and will everyone get tired of me? Theodore Roosevelt once said, “comparison is the thief of joy”, and thoughts of comparing myself to others was a danger to my joy. I’m truly grateful that everyone was kind, welcoming, and helped to completely wipe those thoughts out…


Is You O.K.?

Our personalities have been and continue to be affected by the circumstances of our lives. Having a difficult relationship with family can affect one’s self-view. Growing up without friends can make someone feel that they will be a loner forever. Being laughed at or booed off stage can cause a person to never want to speak in front of others again. Being around violence can give the belief that being violent with people is normal. These scenarios can lead to a life crippled with anxiety, depression, anger, and self-doubt. When we get into conflicts with people, it is difficult to think of the person lashing out as suffering from those symptoms. It is also difficult to recognize when we are suffering. Reflection has made me realize that my anxiety, depression, anger, and self-doubt wer…


World Kindness Day

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 was National Kindness Day. I learned this through a section of the Calm app called Daily Calm. It touched on being kind to yourself and then being kind to others. One thing that comes to mind when I think about kindness is listening. Instead of rushing to get somewhere or lost in thought, being able to listen to others is a great way to show love and kindness. I’ve had an issue where I often gave unsolicited advice to people, to the annoyance of many. Instead of hearing them out, I would interject with what I thought a proper solution would be. This has been one of the main things that I’ve wanted to improve on. My interrupting and interjecting was drawing a wedge between me and my loved ones. I have set out to turn that around. From researching online …


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