Navigating Your fear journey

This section offers anecdotes and insights that reflect the power and possibility in a journey of embracing instead of battling fear.

I was Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 40.

I was Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder at 40.

As a little girl, I believed that a ghost lived in my closet. I feared it would run amok while I slept, if not held back by a firmly closed door (never considering that the incorporeal interloper might just ooze through the wood). One night, noticing during tuck-in...

Find Your Fear: Debit Versus Credit

Find Your Fear: Debit Versus Credit

"Will that be debit or credit?" A seemingly benign question posed at the point of sale, one that many of us gloss over as we reach for one of the plastic cards poised to leap out of our wallets. But the phrase is also a powerful reminder of our potential to use...

A Fear Finding Exercise

A Fear Finding Exercise

Hello Fellow Fear Finders, Feeling fearless doesn't mean ignoring or battling your fears, but rather accepting, enlightening and embracing them as part of your path toward a deeper understanding of what gets and keeps you stuck. In the process, your fears can shift...

Welcome, fellow Fear Finder.

Welcome, fellow Fear Finder.

Welcome, fellow Fear Finder. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad because it means I've sparked some curiosity about how fear shows up in your life and in your choices. And curiosity is a great starting point for positive change. Curiosity enlightens fear by enticing us to...

Let’s Fight the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Let’s Fight the Stigma Around Mental Illness

Changing the conversation starts with awareness, education, and compassion. When I walk into the office of my internist, dentist, or eye doctor, the folks in the waiting room tend to look up, smile, sometimes even engage in small talk. But when I go to my weekly...

Sizing Up Friendships

Sizing Up Friendships

Spring cleaning isn't just for closets. As a young woman, I assumed that friendships mellowed and improved over time, much like cheese and wine, growing richer and more precious through some mysterious, organic process. It was a great comfort to assume that, by the...

Fear of Middle-Aged Regret? Sing in a Band.

Fear of Middle-Aged Regret? Sing in a Band.

To mark the occasion of my fortieth birthday (let's just say it was a while ago), I decided to do something that scared me. Not bungee jumping or race-car driving--something far more terrifying. I decided to sing in front of people. And that petrified me. Having...

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Yes, we can change our thoughts. Don't believe everything you think. My therapist suggested this after I told her that someone said something crappy to me. And by crappy, I mean infuriating, marginalizing, made-me-want-to-hit-something crappy. She listened intently,...

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