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Your Oldest Fears

Jenny Holzer, Truisms, 1982At the root of every single feeling of discomfort, lies one emotion: fear. Fear is the emotion responsible for all forms of suffering. Sadness, anxiety, worry, rage, hatred, envy, and all other forms of suffering are rooted in fear. However, once you stop resisting the will of the Universe, you will understand…

lilacs & worrying

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ―Corrie Ten Boom There are some life lessons that I’ve just got to keep learning over & over & over again. Like, for example, that worrying will never do me any good. It’s useless. What is meant to be will be.…

You Cannot Save People

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.” —Anaïs Nin Like all families, my family had its problems. For as long as I can remember, I believed that it was my responsibility to fix them. And so, at the ripe old age of ten, I started trying. I made lists, drew plans, and created…

Natural Treatments for Depression and Anxiety

For seven years, I suffered from debilitating depression and anxiety. During that time, I tried many treatments. I spent years in and out of therapist offices, psychiatrist offices, and bouncing from medication to medication. Ultimately, the thing that changed—saved—my life was cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). I often describe my journey from darkness to light as…

Hakuna Matata: Part Four

Back at the Resort Early on we were warned about the “beach boys.” They were young Kenyan men that would troll the beach outside of the resort, selling their Kenyan goods — paintings, sea shells, bracelets. At low tide they would offer to take you out into the sea to explore the ocean life. Despite…

Hakuna Matata: Part Three

On Being the Minority Kenya was a culture shock to me for many reasons. One of the most eye-opening aspects of the trip was the experience of being the minority for the first time in my life. Whether on campus at Kenyatta University or out on excursions, I was constantly in a very small minority.…