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How to Tell Your Story Honestly

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Acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently gave this goosebump-worthy advice at the 2015 Girls Write Now awards ceremony: I think that what our society teaches young girls, and I think it’s also something that’s quite difficult for even older women and self-professed feminists to shrug off, is that idea that likability is an essential part of [...]

Everything Anne Lamott Knows about Life

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To celebrate her birthday, writer Anne Lamott compiled a list of everything she knows to be true. I thought the list was extremely inspiring and tender. A few of my favorite excerpts: All truth is a paradox. Life is a precious unfathomably beautiful gift; and it is impossible here, on the incarnational side of things. [...]

More than Mason Jars

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I came across this beautiful piece by Erin Loechner, about how the soundbites of words we use to describe each other and ourselves, like labels on a mason jar, fall short. It's a quick and poignant read; here is one of my favorite excerpts: And still, my favorite people in life are the ones that [...]

Dear Data


It seems that just about everything we do these days can be sliced, diced and analyzed by Big Data – from what we eat to even who we choose to date, online or otherwise. Two designers on opposite sides of the globe decided to add a little bit of humanity back into our data-obsessed world. [...]

March Resolutions

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If you've been following along, you know we're adding a few resolutions in key life areas each month throughout the year. (You can read about how January's and February's went, if you'd like.) Here's what's coming up for March... Body: Dry brush skin each day I wrote about the fascinating benefits of dry skin brushing [...]

February Resolution Recap

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Hello and happy Tuesday! Did you have a good weekend? I spent the last few days in southern California with my girlfriends, and am feeling rested and ready for the week ahead. Each month, we're adding incremental resolutions that feel like small changes to our day, but will hopefully add up to a big difference [...]

Oliver Sacks in Reflection on Life

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I read this NY Times op-ed last week by neurologist, writer and professor Oliver Sacks, who recently learned he has terminal cancer. I found this part of his essay incredibly moving: My generation is on the way out, and each death I have felt as an abruption, a tearing away of part of myself. There [...]

Hello Huffington Post!

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I have some exciting news to share with you all... Last week, I was welcomed as an independent contractor into The Huffington Post’s blogging community! As The Huffington Post is a publication that I read all the time – and Arianna Huffington is someone whom I have watched speak before and find immensely brilliant, witty [...]

HeartSwell is on Instagram!

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I recently created an Instagram account for this blog -- and wanted you to be the first to know. Follow here for the latest photos and videos from day-to-day life and blog updates. I'd love to follow back to see what you're up to, too. (: Let's be friends: instagram.com/heartswellblog

On Accepting Change

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I recently read the following words by author Lewis Carroll, and liked the perspective he offered about change: Now I am going to give you a bit of philosophy about that — my own experience is, that every new form of life we try is, just at first, irksome rather than pleasant. My first day [...]