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Starting a business was the scariest thing I had ever done- until now. This is my declaration that I am a writer.

How many of us live our lives every day going through the motions, meeting needs and expectations, but never stopping to really see the moments in our lives? The more hectic our lives become, the more we go into autopilot and just coast through our days, missing impactful details. …


Generation X was taught to be seen and not heard, to give respect before it was given to us, and to not question authority. Girls were raised to be nice, pretty, and always accommodating. Boys were taught to be strong, to not show feelings, and to be leaders. …


The art of communication in and of itself is complicated. The many nuances surrounding the exchange of information are beyond complicated. The tone of voice, facial expressions, body language, past interactions, and word choice all affect how messages are received. In addition to all of this, we must navigate the…


Fear is perhaps the single, most powerful feeling in the world. It can single-handedly start wars, move mountains, and end cultures. Examples of the waste fear has done to our world can be seen everywhere. …


Looking at other people, it is easy to assume they have it all together and their confidence levels are through the roof, especially when we are struggling. Days, weeks, months, can prove to be more than a challenge, can make us want to hide, doubt ourselves, question what we believe…


It seems like every day I hear about self-care. It has become a trend. We read how others practice self-care, we hear what we should do to practice self-care, and we hear why we should practice self-care. …


No matter how great our lives are, they can sometimes feel like a jail. Our successes, wants, and desires can trap us in a cage faster than you can blink. Always striving to have more, to not be content with what you have, can create a prison cell. Living with…


The storms of life will always come, no matter how we plan, what we do, or how often we double-check we are on the right path. We will have seasons of drought, where life progresses smoothly, we ease into routines, and think we are finally in the clear. And we…


To say that life is messy is an understatement. I honestly cannot think of anything that is messier than life. I would much rather juggle a half-frozen turkey, trying to get the guts out, and place it in a pan that is too small, than deal with all the messiness…


Personal growth is never easy, in fact, I think the process of growing is my least favorite activity. I love the results, the new and improved, wiser me. But the process, not so much. Growth is painful, it forces us to examine the things we don’t like about ourselves and…

Sara Orellana-Paape

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