Gmorning, Gnight!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of my biggest role models – he’s such an uplifting and inspiring person! As an actor, musician, writer, producer, and activist, some of his accomplishments include writing and starring in In the Heights and Hamilton, composing the music for Moana, acting in Mary Poppins Returns, producing Fosse/Verdon, and raising money for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. He also runs one of my favorite Twitter accounts, largely because he tweets motivational phrases at the beginning and end of each day, starting with “Gmorning!” or “Gnight!” These tweets have gained a lot of traction over time, and last year Miranda compiled some of them into a book called Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You. Continue reading Gmorning, Gnight!

Healthy Ways of Dealing With Depression

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I am a teenager who lives with depression, and I have struggled for a long time to find healthy ways of dealing with it. Continue reading Healthy Ways of Dealing With Depression

How to Use Free Time to Fuel Positivity

As the school year winds down (or you may have very recently finished), you may find your child thinking about how much free time they have coming up. Of course, this can be a great thing: they have some time where they’re not burdened by homework and assignments and for possibly the first time in a while, aren’t restricted to a Monday-Friday schedule. It can also be stressful, and a lack of structure and schedule can actually increase symptoms of anxietyespecially for students on summer vacation. Continue reading How to Use Free Time to Fuel Positivity

Morning Pages and Artist Dates

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In my last blog, I wrote about how art has been therapeutic for me, and I mentioned the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. I wanted to dig a little deeper into two activities that she describes: morning pages and artist dates. These are two great ways to practice self-care and learn more about yourself! Continue reading Morning Pages and Artist Dates

Art and Healing

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In her book The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron states that humans are naturally creative beings – we have an innate desire to express ourselves and seek beauty in our surroundings. Visual art, music, literature, and performances have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and they offer incredible benefits for both creators and consumers. Art therapy has been used in mental health treatment because it gives patients a medium for expressing the thoughts and emotions that might be hard to verbalize, and it allows them to discover new things about themselves. Continue reading Art and Healing

Once Upon a Sad, Sad Girl

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Oh once upon a time,

There was a sad, sad girl

Too scared of heights to climb

As wind and thoughts would whirl.

She thought to let life pass

Was not a waste at all

For if you speak in class,

You can’t shrink quite as small

Continue reading Once Upon a Sad, Sad Girl

Rise Above

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Some people try to explain

The way the world works,

Some people hide away

And don’t embrace their quirks.

But if you live everyday

In constant fear of pain

Then you’re just wasting your stay,

Better to play the game Continue reading Rise Above