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From Addiction To Acceptance

If you had told my parents when I was a kid that I would grow up to become a drug addict and alcoholic, they would have not believed it.  In fact, when I called and told them at the age of 31 that I was a drug addict and alcoholic and that I was starting my journey in sobriety, they didn’t believe me.  This was because I was very good at hiding my addiction. I was a very happy child.  [...]

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A Dancer Turned Psychologist

My Ballet Life: Ballet was something I inherently knew I wanted to do very early in life. Although I tried other forms of dance and musical theater as a child, I knew in order to get anywhere with ballet, I would have to make it a priority. And so from 15 years old on, I made it my top focus, with school being a close second. Hours a day were spent training in a studio where tights and leotards were [...]

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The Abstract Mirror: A Personal Reflection

My original intention behind this particular blog post was to write and share about my life-long battle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder.  That was the inspiration behind the name of this website and project, The Abstract Mirror. As I began to sit down and write, my mind kept going completely blank, regardless of the many notes I had been accumulating over the course of the past few months. That experience will be a topic of discussion that I will take the [...]

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I Left A Six Figure Job And Found Peace

I will start with a little backstory about myself. I grew up in a small town in Washington where higher education wasn’t exactly something most people strive for or even really talked about. A town where everyone stays there and never leaves; they marry their high school sweetheart and just do the normal day to day. I wanted more, ever since I was a little girl I would look up at the (more…)

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From Different To Deserving

I can remember the first time I was aware that I was different.  It was in kindergarten. I was four and everyone else was five turning six. every single birthday party I was reminded of this. In elementary school - I dreamed of being lanky and thin but played tennis every day and was born curvy and was building my body (not on purpose) to be athletic and strong. Even though I exercised, at will, for four-five hours every single day because I [...]

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Chasing Success in Silicon Valley

I live and work in an area that is synonymous with wealth and success. You literally have to make a lot of money to have any semblance of normal life here. It is one of the most expensive markets in the country. I also work in a profession where you either make it and earn mid-six figures or usually fail out within a few years. Most of the people in this profession are type A, money- driven, (more…)