Poem: Your Weirdness Will Make You Stronger by Andrea Balt

“Your weirdness

will make you stronger.

Your dark side

will keep you whole.

Your vulnerability

will connect you to

the rest of our

suffering world.

Your creativity

will set you free.

There’s nothing wrong

with you.”

-Andrea Balt


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Embrace your weirdness.
cropped-qm-logo-fb-prof-pic-01Arianna Smith, MA, LPC
720-772-7413
arianna@quietmooncounseling.com

 

4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer

Every time I see a magazine showcasing how to “get a bikini body in 4 weeks” or lose weight for summer, I want to burn it. Not just hold a lighter to the edge, but to create a magnificent bonfire of body-shaming magazines and calmly watch them go up in flames.

Does this fantasy seem extreme?  Perhaps the imagery is, but the sentiment is not.  I am continually outraged how our society, culture, and media tells us only certain types of bodies (generally thin, cis-gender, and white) are allowed to be seen and showcased.   Body-shaming media perpetuates the kind of toxicity which breeds low self-esteem, body image issues and disordered eating in our population.  Unfortunately, the messages amplify in months leading up to summer.   Continue reading “4 Ways To Have A Body Positive (or Body Neutral) Summer”

The Gift of Illness

April was an extraordinary month.  For two very different reasons.

To start, the month was filled with an unusual amount of family visits.  Given that most of my immediate family and relatives reside in other states (Alaska, Florida) or countries (Europe, New Zealand), the ability to have all my weekends this month filled with family time was truly glorious and unprecedented. Continue reading “The Gift of Illness”

8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now

 

I was having coffee with a friend the other day and the conversation turned to the struggle of body shaming (by others and ourselves) and body acceptance.  We talked about the difficulty of loving our bodies in a culture where we are continually bombarded with messages from media, magazines, and movies that tell us our bodies are not acceptable unless they fit in the narrow definition of beauty.

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Sign outside The Coffee Tree in Loveland, CO.

After this conversation with my friend, the topic continued swirling around in my head as I was writing my to-do list for the following day.  Among the many chores listed (which, let’s be honest, I only completed half), I wrote down the single task: “Read Body Positive Blogs.” Continue reading “8 Body Positive Blogs You Should Read Right Now”

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”

The Journey

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Old Bridge crossing the Animas River in Durango, Colorado.  Photo Courtesy of Arianna Smith Counseling LLC. 

2017 is right around the corner.  It’s so easy to get caught up in day-to-day worries – especially with the holiday madness – that we forget to acknowledge how far we have come on our journey in the past year.

So, I invite you to find some quiet time today (or even just a bit quieter than your normal day) to just sit and reflect on the past year.

What was life like for you 1 year ago? 5 years ago?  How have you grown? How has your view of yourself or your life shifted?   Continue reading “The Journey”