You Are Not Going To Be Eaten By Tigers. I Promise.

“There is no such thing as a weird human being. It’s just that some human beings require more understanding than others.” ~Tom Robbins You are not going to be eaten by tigers.   A dear friend of mine offered this little gem to me during a particularly challenging bout of anxiety recently. I am not going to be eaten by …

Let’s Talk About Anxiety. Or, Why I Almost Dropped Out Of Graduate School Eight Hundred Times.

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~Allen Ginsberg Let’s talk about anxiety. While I was in graduate school studying acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I started having panic attacks multiple times a week, forcing me to excuse myself from class for extended “bathroom breaks”, often feeling unable to return for as long as an hour at a time. There …

How Much Slack Is Too Much Slack? Or, What I Learned From My Mom About Being a Badass.

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”  ~Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now Where’s the line between pushing yourself too hard and cutting yourself too much slack? This is a question I’ve been asking …

You Guys! Somebody Hijacked My Blog and Wrote About Marriage! Ok, Fine. It Was Me.

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.”  ~ Erich Fromm Want to learn (and relearn) a lesson in accepting what is? Attend several weddings over the course of just a few years as a single woman in her late 20s and early 30s — so single, in fact, that your wedding invitations during this …