Welcome to Our Weird Lives

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Our Weird Lives is about genuinely connecting with one another by being honest about the weird or uncomfortable things we have been through. Odds are, you’ve never told anyone about how you went through a good chunk of your life believing, “Indian” food was really, “Native American” food. And I’ve only told a handful of […]

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Sometimes the grass really IS greener on the other side (and how to tell the difference)

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Photo by Frank Köhntopp. You’ve heard the saying, “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” In other words, the metaphorical pasture you’re dreaming of is usually just as brown as the one you’re in. The lesson is valuable, especially for those of us jumping from pasture to pasture as soon as things get hard. But […]

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The gift that will forever haunt me

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I’m an exceptional gift giver. I swear. But there is just this one terrible gift I brought to my office gift exchange that still haunts me. I hope by telling the story of the worst gift I’ve ever given, you’ll feel better about that crappy gift you gave that one time. It happens to the best […]

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A practical tool to set you free from your negative thoughts (as taught by Santa, Barbie, and Byron Katie)

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Dr. Fred Luskin of Stanford University published a study in 2005 that had some staggering statistics about our thoughts. It showed the average human has up to 60,000 thoughts per day, of which 80% are negative, and—get this—90% are the exact same thoughts we had the day before, and the day before that, and the […]

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Skeptics in Mind (Guest Post!)

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Do you live your life in fear of what they might say? Who, exactly, are “they” anyway and why should you care? An author I admire wrote in the foreword of his latest book, “In the early day of my career, I always wrote with skeptics in mind, trying to make sure they would approve […]

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