Finding My Own Happiness

Finding My Own Happiness

This part of my journey goes back about 2-3 years.  Finding my own happiness. To make a long story short: I had a good and lucrative career in IT sales; I was living with my girlfriend in a nice apartment in a nice city; I could afford to travel and eat out at...

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A Letter To My Body

A Letter To My Body

I live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and it is attacking my kidneys. My body changed a lot since my diagnosis, but my relationship with it improved. I now write a letter to my body. Hey body, it is okay Hey, sorry it took me so long to write a letter to...

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Everybody Died so I got a Dog –  Book Review

Everybody Died so I got a Dog – Book Review

Just a few weeks ago, my beloved dog Douglas died, so you can imagine that I wasn’t sure about reading a book titled “Everybody Died so I Got a Dog.” by Emily Dean. I had bought the book on an impulse while in London last January and it has sat on my nightstand ever...

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What I Learned from my Depression

What I Learned from my Depression

This week is Suicide Prevention Week, so I wanted to share my experience with the hopes that this blog gives some camaraderie to someone going through something similar and gives insight to those who love someone with depression. I think everyone has, or eventually...

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You’re Done with Cancer Treatment (Now Comes the Hard Part…)

You’re Done with Cancer Treatment (Now Comes the Hard Part…)

"Done with cancer treatment now comes the hard part." September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. This blog features a story by Sheri Brisson a cancer survivor, writing about her thoughts after treatment survivorship. So maybe you’ve already rung the “chemo bell”...

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My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

…but my struggle with her passing continues. September is cancer awareness month. In honor of my best friend’s struggle with cancer, here is my story. When a loved one dies after a long illness, there is a period where you are grateful that it is over. Not for you,...

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Can Gaming Improve Your Mental Health?

Can Gaming Improve Your Mental Health?

We all know that games can be huge fun. They can distract us from problems like depression, anxiety, illness, or pain. They can also help us build skills and teach us things. And, they can be a great way to connect.  So, can gaming improve mental health?...

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Simple Ways to Show Someone Appreciation

Simple Ways to Show Someone Appreciation

In these stressful times caused by the COVID-19 crisis, it is especially important for each of us to feel like we matter and that we are valued for what we say and do. We may forget to show appreciation for those who are important to us and those we interact with...

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Five Ways to Express Your Emotions (Without Showing Everyone!)

Five Ways to Express Your Emotions (Without Showing Everyone!)

You can, of course, share your feelings, but not all your feelings are for everyone. Some of your feelings, you would rather keep to yourself. Instead, sometimes I have to find ways to express my feelings without telling anyone. Here are five ways to do it!...

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When They Call Your Normal Lifestyle ‘Quarantine’

When They Call Your Normal Lifestyle ‘Quarantine’

Corona came to the Netherlands around January 2020. China and Italy were already affected and chaos seemed to arise. A month later, the government decided that quarantining as much as possible - close to lockdown - was the only solution. Only vital professions were...

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