Yes we’re imperfect beings that come with baggage. But we’d rather that you focus on our LV’s (Louis Vuitton) than the truth.

Sound familiar?

No matter how we try to hide it, the thing we’re most ashamed of, the lies and myths that we’ve told ourselves over the years will come back. In fact, they’ll probably come back and bite us in the ass.

What are these secrets? And how do these repressed selves impact our lives?

They rip away possibility. They tell you that you can’t be an artist and make a living. They convince you that your unworthy because your thighs are too big or you’re not creative enough. They are the negative thoughts that beat you up, that scold you when you misplace things, that tell you all recovering addicts are unemployable and that you’ll never be successful or happy.

But the only way to get rid of these untruths is to acknowledge they exist. To say, “Yes I am flawed. And I love myself anyway.” It’s about learning to be curious about our so-called weaknesses and to continually question what we deem to be truths. Is creativity, for example, something gifted to all, not just granted to the geniuses among us?

Most importantly, we must learn that all people (whether or not we’re a size 0, carry lots of baggage, are recovering from an addiction or are creative or not) make mistakes and are all deserving of love, second chances and acceptance.

Myths of Creativity and Creators – How They Hold Us Back
(The Creative Mind) – Think artists are poor, crazy, right-brained hermits who can’t be sane, good at business or earn a dime? Here’s why the myths we tell ourselves about artists and creativity prevent us from fully living our lives.

50 Things To Do Besides Read Women’s Magazines & Worry About Your Weight
(Weightless) – Stop what you’re doing right now and consider this. How much of your time is devoted to what this blogger calls, “body image stealers.” Why not remake your day by doing one or all of these 50 life and body loving activities instead?

Remembering Anxiety
(Anxiety & OCD Exposed) – How do you prevent moments of forgetfulness? Well, you can’t. What you can do is not let the stress of misplacing things and forgetting appointments stress you out. After all, it’s exactly what Dr. Laura Smith says, “Even juniors have senior moments.”

Hiring Employees In Recovery: A Business Advantage?
(Addiction Recovery) – It’s the post you thought you’d never see. Read, then share this post on the reasons why recovering addicts make good employees.

Neuroscientist Eric Kandel Thinking Big
(Channel N) – A fascinating talk by neuroscientist and Nobel laureate Eric Kandel on the differences between the brain and computers and the exciting future of neuroscience to improve treatment for mental disorders.