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A Holistic Journey To Self-Love

I was born in the Czech Republic while my country was occupied by the Soviet Union.  I came from many generations of hard and tough people with a very standoffish attitude.  A good example of this is that my parents never told me that they love me because this was not part of our culture.  My mother was unconsciously riddled with anxieties and fears and my father always gave me a feeling that I wasn’t good enough.  His way [...]

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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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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…)