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Best of Our Blogs: March 20, 2015

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“Oh my God, what if you wake up some day, and you’re 65, or 75, and you never got your memoir or novel written; or you didn’t go swimming in warm pools and oceans all those years because your thighs were jiggly and you had a nice comfortable tummy; or you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big, juicy creative life, of imagination and radical stillness and staring off into space like when you were a kid? It’s going to break your heart. Don’t let it happen.” – Anne Lamott

Reading writer Anne Lamott’s words brings tears to my eyes. It’s a reminder of all the things and people we let stand in our way of our true brilliance. We let our relatives prevent us from pursuing what we know would make us happy. We allow our past to stop us from achieving a successful future. We make excuses for our stagnation and allow our talents, creativity and beauty go to waste.

I hope her quote and this week’s post will remind you about what you do have control over. That you with all your glorious potential, talents, and quirkiness have much to give the world…if you have the courage to share it.

Bipolar disorder: an invisible illness
(Bipolar Laid Bare) – Someone you know could have bipolar disorder and you wouldn’t even know it. Why? According to this, there are 5 reasons why they could intentionally be trying to hide it.

Increase Control, Reduce Child Anxiety – A Quick Drawing Exercise
(Stress Better) – Want to help your child be more resilient, alleviate anxiety and achieve more academically? Focusing on their perceived control can do all of the above and is easily accessible through this simple and creative activity.

Top Reasons Why We Fail
(Commitment Strategies) – The difference between your successful friend and your dysfunctional one has little to do with luck and everything to do with this list. Discover the major reasons why people fail.

Normal Problems Are Nothing When You Have A Mental Illness
(Of Two Minds) – You may not have chosen it. But read one unexpected gift that can come from mental illness.

The Break-up
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) – In this short post, Elaina shares her devastating news-the heartache of getting jilted by a text. On one hand, the speed and impersonality of technology can be hurtful. But as you’ll read in the compassionate and supportive comments she received, it can also be quite healing.

Best of Our Blogs: March 20, 2015

Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.

Brandi-Ann Uyemura is a freelance writer specializing in self-help, spirituality, psychology and small business articles. She has a BA in English from University of Oregon and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. She writes for various companies and publications and teaches stress management workshops. For more information, see her website

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Uyemura, B. (2018). Best of Our Blogs: March 20, 2015. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from
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