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February Book Pick: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

This month's book pick is The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. James Baldwin is a black writer who wrote some seriously wonderful fiction and non-fiction at the height of the civil rights movement. I chose this book because 1. it's Black History Month and 2. because this is on pretty much every list for essential reading for perspectives on racism in America. At...[ read more ]

Essential Reading for Black History Month

It's Black History Month. It's time to get to reading, folks. Here are some essential picks for reading this month. Note about the list: I made sure I shared books that I've read. There are many, many more books to read. All of these selections are written by black authors. Non-Fiction How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi --...[ read more ]

The Power of Love

It's February, so it's the perfect time of year for therapists to write long-winded blog posts about love, relationships, and all that jazz that makes the world go round. And of course, these things are important all year long, but February is the month dedicated to love and so I couldn't resist. I want to tell you this caveat though:...[ read more ]

5 Best Pieces of Advice from 2019

It’s that time of year when the Internet is inundated with “best of” lists and round-up posts. I thought I’d join the fun and create my own little list of best pieces of advice from 2019. This isn’t just advice given to me, but things I overheard or absorbed in one way or another. So let’s jump in! “JUST DO...[ read more ]

My 4 Favorite Non-Fiction Books from 2019

The year 2019 produced some really amazing non-fiction books—like whoa, stop what you’re doing, can you believe this?! types of books. I wanted to share my 4 favorites with you. Another caveat: some of my favorite non-fiction books were Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, but I didn’t include those on this list...[ read more ]

3 Reasons to Become a Digital Minimalist

  1. WE NEED MEANINGFUL, FACE-TO-FACE INTERACTIONS Our brains literally evolved to be sensitive to other humans. We are experts at noticing minute changes in other humans’ faces, voices, and bodies. Interactions over the cell phone—specifically those that remove interacting with a human voice or face—completely flattens that rich, dynamic experience. So, two things happen: one, we’re not able to...[ read more ]

Digital Minimalism 101

Are you ready to take a crash course in digital minimalism? Great! Let’s get started. DEFINING DIGITAL MINIMALISM It’s definition time! Aka let’s define “digital minimalism.” According to the author of the book (Cal Newport, our digital minimalist hero and founder), digital minimalism is: “A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number...[ read more ]

The Question About Meaning That We Need To Ask Ourselves

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of life is, but rather he must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.” -Viktor Frankl In this quote, Viktor...[ read more ]

The Deathbed Question

No, you are not 30 but instead 80 and lying on your deathbed. And now you are looking back on your life…What will you think of it? What will you say to yourself? —Viktor Frankl Hi everyone! Welcome to our first book discussion question post! As I’ve been reading the book, I’ve stumbled upon certain quotes that really made me...[ read more ]

Transforming Anxiety into Excitement

Last week I was listening to an episode of the Ezra Klein Show about how we make our emotions. (You can check out the podcast here. I highly recommend it.) She told a story about how her daughter was trying out for her black belt, and her sensai said to her before the test: “Let your butterflies fly in formation.”...[ read more ]



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