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Who You Aren’t – Guest Blogger – Tracey Painter – September 2017

September 6, 2017

I read an article the other day where it asked the reader if you were living by who you ARE, or if you are living by who you AREN’T. For exampleSeason, are you living to NOT be like someone such as a parent, sibling, friend, relative, boss, etc? Are you spending all your time trying…

Suicide Victims Are Not Cowards – August 2017

August 14, 2017

I was in a funk I just couldn’t shake. My physical pain began to worsen, I didn’t know what to do. I had recently watched a Byron Katie video that forced me to wake up. I was on autopilot for too long; believing it was a positive autopilot wasn’t helpful, and obviously, I was not…

We Are A Mess – July 2017

August 14, 2017

We all started out so differently. Some of us came into a loving two-parent home and love only began to be withheld once we hit puberty or once our attitudes shifted and our parents could no longer deal with the “you just don’t understand” drama that we clung to. Some of us were born into…

Speak Up!  – June 2017

August 14, 2017

At 19, I worked my first professional 9-5 and felt pretty damn mature in my nylons and shoulder padded outfits. I wanted to continue feeling that way, so when my birthday arrived, I decided that I didn’t need to tell anyone. I was 20 now, so no need for that silly attention. I went all…

Defending Depression – Guest Blogger – Tracey Painter – June 2017

May 30, 2017

Sometimes, we are just reaching for a shred of hope. Things are not looking good. It feels like everything in your life is completely out of your control, and they probably are. You don’t know where all of this is leading. Maybe you will lose your home, your spouse, your friends, your job, a loved…

Dark Energy is Real – May 2017

May 8, 2017

Over the years, I have literally tried to write about dark energy at least three or four times―never really knowing how to approach it because I don’t like coming from a place of fear. However, with the sadness, depression, and hopelessness that many of us have been dealing with lately, I believe it’s time to…

It’s My Parent’s Fault – Apr 2017

May 8, 2017

You probably have friends who had unimaginable childhoods, but they appear to be doing well and stay positive about life. You may also know people who had what appear to be great childhoods, but they live in “poor me” mode and blame everything and everyone for their unhappiness. What’s the conclusion we can draw from…

I Couldn’t Breathe, Sleep, Think… – Mar 2017

May 8, 2017

I don’t remember exactly what she said because I was too busy being pissed off. It went something like this: “You do hear yourself, right? You are projecting what you didn’t have onto your daughter. You didn’t get to have certain experiences, so you are getting upset because she is choosing something different than what…

Anxiety and O.P.P. – Guest Blogger – Tracey Painter – May 2017

April 26, 2017

No, not that O.P.P., but the O.P.P. that stands for “Other People’s Problems.” A lot of people with anxiety accumulate a mass amount of anxiety from other people’s problems. Especially when our own problems settle down, we start taking on another anxiety project. Usually several at once. We want to take care of or worry…

Making peace with anxiety-  Guest Blogger – Tracey Painter – Apr 2017

March 26, 2017

Do you ever have that feeling like you can’t catch up to your thoughts? Like they keep running ahead of you and you can’t get them to stop long enough to let your rational thoughts catch up? You can’t get them to stop long enough to sort them, or counter-think them. Yah. That feeling. I…

The struggle of anxiety – Guest Blogger – Tracey Painter – Mar 2017

February 22, 2017

Anxiety…. not everyone suffers from it. Yes, we all experience it in one way or another. it’s a very broad term. It’s used as a catch-all phrase that encompasses any feelings of nervousness, excitement, insecurity, or uneasiness. But suffering with regular anxiety is completely different. I honestly thought everyone had a problem with daily anxiety,…

His world must be so small! – Feb 2017

February 16, 2017

“His world must be so small.” I had a friend who would say this when she came across a man who couldn’t handle anything “different” than himself or his personal experiences. I found myself using this same catty phrase as a quick way to come to terms with what I considered ignorant behavior. We are…

It started with the panties – Jan 2017

February 16, 2017

I recently had breakfast with a friend that I adore. As I was driving to meet her, I passed by that restaurant. The one where they know me because I go there so much; I love the food and it’s close to my office. But in that very moment that I passed by, I decided…

Do-overs are too much work – Dec 2016

February 16, 2017

If you had it to do all over again, would you? Most of us would probably say no because we get the fact that we have learned so many lessons through our experiences—especially the challenging ones—and it’s just too much damn work to go through it all again! The idealist might think that the second…

Why do we keep ourselves hostage in the name of pride? – Nov 2016

February 16, 2017

I woke up in the middle of the night thinking, “How could she do this to me?” After all of the things that I’d done for her! The more I reflect on it, the more dumbfounded I am. How could she possibly treat me this way? And then I start creating stories about how she’s…

SIYS – Sit in your shit – Oct 2016

February 16, 2017

In high school, I always liked the teachers that didn’t care what you thought of them. I liked the ones that were dedicated to helping me be better, not the so-called “cool” teachers that wanted to be considered your friend. I have been most inspired by the people who can love me enough to hold…

Anxiety sucks – Sep 2016

February 16, 2017

We all have moments when we get anxious, but some of those moments can be more overwhelming than others. While there are many causes of anxiety, from my personal experience, one of the main factors is when we allow ourselves to be in our heads unsupervised. It’s easy to become overwhelmed when we let our…

Why does the past still have power? – Aug 2016

February 16, 2017

We are a result of our past experiences. I think that we all get that. And by now we also understand that if we release our past and live in the present, then we could create some serious happiness. But we don’t. Why not? Because we need our stories to be validated and the past…

Perfectionist? Stop it! – Jul 2016

February 16, 2017

Have you ever set goals and wanted something to happen, but then let worry get in the way and stop your progress? Do you feel like you need something to look a certain way before you can move forward? Are you looking for a guarantee that you will be successful before you jump? If you…

Stay on your path and RISE – Jun 2016

February 15, 2017

I get it that life can sometimes get in the way and throw obstacles onto our path of finding our inner light. While I do my best to empower people by helping them release their B.S. stories so that they may embrace how they WANT TO FEEL, there are times that other people’s stories will…

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