What Are Your Top 5? A Critical Question For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)

As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) or empath, your time and energy is a limited and precious resource you have to spend wisely.  This seems obvious, right? Yet, we live in a society that fosters the opposite idea.  We hear the silent chant – do more, be more, never stop – leading us to believe we can do everything if we just “try hard enough” or have “better time management.”

As a Highly Sensitive Person or empath, this message is especially troublesome.  You have to be even more mindful about where your time and energy goes due to your ability to get overwhelmed easily and absorb the sensations (i.e. emotions, energy, etc) around you.  You have much to contribute and give to this world, but if you are not clear about where your greatest gifts lie, or your point of highest contribution, you will spend your days feeling both overwhelmed and dissatisfied with life.   Continue reading “What Are Your Top 5? A Critical Question For Highly Sensitive People (HSPs)”

9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist

Downsize. Pack. Repeat.

As you may know from previous posts, I’m in the process of moving.  There is nothing like moving to make me feel like a minimalist fraud.  When I consider the amount of time, resources, and energy needed to get my belongings from Point A to Point B, it’s enough to make me want to give everything away and live out of my backpack.

Then I have to remind myself: minimalism is not (necessarily) measured by the number of things I own, it is both a process and a mindset.  Additionally, minimalism looks different for everyone.  There is no ‘right way’ to do it. Continue reading “9 Tips To Pack Like A Minimalist”

7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)

Moving doesn’t have to be a four letter word.

If you were to take a look around me at this very moment, you would see two crates of books, a pile of flattened cardboard boxes, a half-filled tote of towels and exercise gear, three empty suitcases, random toiletries strewn across the floor, and two paper bags of clothes patiently waiting to go to the thrift store.

In case you couldn’t deduce the obvious, I’m in the process of moving. Continue reading “7 Tips To Survive Moving As A Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)”

Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Is this popular self-help book worth giving a f*ck about?

I am a self-professed, unashamed self-help book junkie.

There, I said it.

I read my first self-help book when I was 16.  I didn’t fully realize at the time, but this was my introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–now a therapeutic approach I use with most clients.  I’ve been hooked ever since. Continue reading “Self-Help Book Review: The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight”

The Value of Therapy

What is your best life worth to you?

Let’s be honest — sometimes it can be hard to pay for therapy.

How often do you tell your friend or co-worker the following:   “I’m going to the gym today,” “I got a pedicure,” “I went to church/spiritual practice this weekend,” “I had all day to myself to relax,” or “I took a sick day.”

We say this daily to friends, acquaintances, coworkers, and store clerks without batting an eye. Continue reading “The Value of Therapy”

Minimalism & Mental Health: My Recommended Reading List If You Want To Do More Than Just Declutter Your Closet

If you are living in the United States and have access to the Internet, you have probably heard about minimalism. (If not, go ahead and Google it.  I’ll be here when you get back.)

Minimalism is about focusing on what really matters in your life – the essentials – and taking steps toward prioritizing those things, people, or activities. It does not mean giving up all your possessions and becoming a wandering ascetic.  (Although, if that’s your thing, that’s ok, too.)  Sometimes I like to use the word “essentialism” instead of minimalism, because I believe that it can capture the concept a bit better. Continue reading “Minimalism & Mental Health: My Recommended Reading List If You Want To Do More Than Just Declutter Your Closet”