Spirituality and Self-help

ON BECOMING A WOMAN

Do you want to know when I finally became a woman? When I started owning my dreams and defending what I loved regardless of what was popular, what was normal, what was expected at my age and what others wanted for me. I finally became a woman when I accepted my past and stopped letting people try to rewrite history. When I started standing up for who I was and not letting myself be portrayed for who I was not. I finally became a woman when I knew everything that made me up was enough. It was special and it was deserving of love. If I couldn’t find love – I would always be enough – because I am firm in my convictions and unwavering in who I am…. XX A.L.D. Come Find Me @harnessmagazine @invokethyquote Click on hashtags #ALD to see more by me

IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW: WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MY 14 YEAR OLD SELF

One day you will wake up and seriously question who you are. You will then realize that life has been a series of choices, and your actions and the people who have walked in and out of your life have moulded you into the person you have become. You will think about every moment that has passed, good or bad. You will think about every missed opportunity, and every gained experience. You will contemplate every fear that manifested itself to become part of your reality, and every failure that broke you down just a little bit further away from the person you someday thought you would become. You will also be reminded of all the barriers you overcame, the ways in which you surprised yourself by experiencing things you never dreamed you ever would, and you will smile over the realization that yo...

HAPPY…ISH

Happy…ish “Am I happy?”….The words currently running through my head after a happy hour turned into a massive hangover. One beer…two beers…not going to mention, how many more beers…and two tequila shots later.  My life has felt like groundhogs day for awhile. Wake up, work, probably work late, miss my yoga class, vow to wake up early, sleep through my alarms, work and work late and the cycle continues. I sound like I’m complaining – it’s not all bad. I have great family and friends, I travel on weekends, I have a stable job and a solid income and live in a great city.  What more could a girl ask for? But there’s something missing. I know I’m stuck and I know there’s somewhere else I need to be.  But how do you leave your life for something else? Am I suffering from “grass is greener” syndr...

SHINING SOUL

Perhaps it was Sunday’s time change, or Tuesday’s election, or it was simply the way the stars were aligned but this week has been one filled with mixed signals. Some signals have caused me to stop and think about my actions, some signals that have prompted me to evaluate relationships, and some signals that have provided me with rare clarity. I promise I have a lot to say, and you’ll see plenty more from my spinning soul in the weeks to come, but for now I have this: Oddly enough the tone of this post would normally leave me wanting to categorize it as “Soul Spinning”; but I am left with a faint sense of hope. I will finish my week with a shining soul because flowers grow back, even after being stepped on. And so will you. xx, KFT Author: Kristin Tracey Instagram: @nitsirkft If you wish t...

LEAN IN

Lean In Sitting in my Public Relations capstone class as a soon-to-be graduate, I realize that I am surrounded by women, with the sole exception of one male student sitting in the back row. In our collegiate program, I can count the men pursuing degrees in PR on one hand. Within the industry, nearly 72 percent of all public relations professionals are women, according to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Yet only 30% of women are CEOs of Public Relations agencies or organizations. Our nation has struggled with gender inequity for generations. Statistically, women earn $0.77 for every $1.00 that a man earns in the same position. Men are more likely to be given a raise or promotion over their female counterparts. These statistics can be attributed to different factors including...

5 MYTHS ABOUT SELF-ACCEPTANCE YOU SHOULD STOP BELIEVING RIGHT NOW

5 Myths About Self-Acceptance You Should Stop Believing Right Now Self-acceptance is a hot topic these days. “It is what it is . . .” “Just accept it.” “Let it go.” “Love yourself.” We hear these phrases all the time. They’re in song lyrics. We see them on t-shirts. Brands use them in ad campaigns. You’ve probably even re-posted variations of these on your Instagram. In our stressed out and “always on” society, these phrases definitely resonate. There’s no doubt about that. But what is less clear, is HOW to actually put these ideas into practice. In a way, we’ve almost commoditized the idea of self-acceptance. Preaching self-acceptance has become trendy. . . even cliche. It seems as if everyone is doing it. And if everyone is doing it, it can’t be that hard, right?? But easier said than do...

MY SPINNING SOUL

My Spinning Soul In the past 2 years I have: lost a close family member, quit my job in LA, moved across the country (back to Ohio, where I’m from), found a new job, got a tattoo, ran a ½ Marathon, bought my first house, rode 100 miles on a bike, and written my first blog post (that you are reading RIGHT NOW). HAVE I MENTIONED I JUST TURNED 29 LAST MONTH?! Sounds like I have I have it all together and should be singing life praises all day every day, right? Well, not so much. Let me explain… When I try to describe how I feel to close family and friends, it’s hard to do. Am I unhappy? No. Am I lost? Maybe. Am I sad? No. Am I lonely? No. The best way I can describe it is from a movie scene where the character is standing in Times Square and everything is spinning around her, as if she is in ...

TOP 5 SPIRITUAL ESSENTIALS

Top 5 Spiritual Essentials A spiritual life need not require mantras at dawn and daily yoga on the beach. When I started out on a spiritual path, I found that I had to slot my spiritual in alongside my everyday. I didn’t have time, money or inclination to make a pilgrimage to India. As a working mother of a toddler, I now must find the spiritual in amongst the nappies, tantrums and trips to the park. My spiritual path is not made any the less powerful by the fact I cannot afford, or do not have the time to undertake spiritual journeys, outings or spend hours of my day meditating. In writing my book The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living, I discovered that a spiritual life is one that is very much mixed in with the mundane, everyday events. I am passionate about the fact we are all spiri...

I AM A RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC

I am a recovering alcoholic Watching my mother smoke, snort, swallow and drink every drug that was available to her was my reality as a child. In turn, this reality led, drove and resigned me to spend most of my childhood knowing that I never wanted to be like her and planning ways not to be. “Ah, the best laid plans,” I thought, as I lay slumped over the edge of my couch viciously dry-heaving into the steel pot lying on the floor beneath me. Worst-case scenario? I had become the very woman I resented. Wiping my mouth, trying to remove the evidence of last night’s binge, I realized I had become my mother. “Dear God, please let me die,” the Lord’s Prayer uttered by most, if not all, alcoholics. Followed by the pledge: “If you decide to keep my pathetic shell of a body on this planet, I vow ...

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