An Offering: The Impostor Syndrome Antidote

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Fiona Aboud

  Ready, not ready. Expert, novice. Professional, amateur.  Are we ever fully baked, polished and ready for mass consumption? Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of naysayers. We’ve all been there – yes or yes!? I was recently challenged by a well-meaning family member asking “how can you possibly offer life advice to others when you don’t have all your own sh*t together?” It was an arresting [attack] […]

Unraveling Depression: How I Fight My Invisible Foe

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Fiona Aboud

Since I was 17 years old, I’ve been prone to bouts of debilitating depression, particularly in March. By my mid-twenties, mid-August joined the annual mix. In my thirties, the holiday season became a danger zone. Over the past few years, late February started feeling left out and joined the gang. But even if you see the tsunami approaching, you can’t always outrun it. Depression is a chronic mental illness. Like a […]

The Cult of Oppressive Positivity

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Trends come and go. Some leave indelible marks upon a culture, and others just fade away. When a trend is couched in terms like “positive psychology” one might expect that any influence it exerts on a culture will be, well…positive. But is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? The contemporary positive psychology movement was founded in the ’80s by Martin Seligman, so you would think he […]

Confessions of a Life Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

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  Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t […]

Balanced Equations

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In 1915, mathematician Emmy Noether proved that every action within a physical system has an opposite and equal reaction. This was anything but revelatory in the world of spirituality. The religions of our world are infused with the concepts of karma and equilibrium. Enlightenment is for the pure and the balanced. The world of business, too, is premised on profitable relationships, and some degree of balance must be struck before […]

Making Maintenance a Vital Routine

Charles Heppner: Eutopia

Vitality, like so many other powerful words, has been diluted in meaning. Everything from skin cream to energy drinks promises vitality. The true meaning of the word is altogether more primal and immediate, and not something so easily commodified into cartoon wings or a portable Fountain of Youth available for only three easy payments of $29.99. Vitality, noun; the power giving continuance of life, present in all living things. Words […]

Featured Artist: Charles Heppner

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Charles Heppner was born and raised in Chicago to a large Catholic family, number 6 of 9, where individualism was allowed unfettered. He received a degree in Math, has raced bicycles in France, been a floor trader for an investment group, and is a parent to three children. He now lives in Austin, TX with a robust studio practice. He is currently working with Davis Gallery (Austin, TX) and Trager Contemporary (Charleston, SC) with […]

Featured Artist: Angela Hennessy

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Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based interdisciplinary artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts, where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary textile theory. Through writing, studio work, and performance her practice examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth. Her current project, The School of the Dead, is a program for the decolonization of death and grief through […]

Book Brief: Unsubscribe by Josh Korda

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune In to Truth by Josh Korda 2017, Wisdom Publications A three-step guide to recovering from the modern addiction to consumerism, social withdrawal, and emotional inauthenticity — from life as you thought it had to be. The Idea If you’ve ever felt like there must be more than the rat race, or that the modern American definition of success might not be all it’s cracked up to […]

December 2017: Spiritual Journey

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“Religion is for people who fear hell; Spirituality is for people who have been there.” This morning was the first time I’d heard this quote, attributed to David Bowie or Vine Deloria Jr., depending on which corner of the Internet you hang out on most. It’s an interesting take on the difference between religion and spirituality, that Venn diagram of trying to define and manage the human experience. I grew […]