Three Tips to Help Kids That Stutter

Stuttering is speaking with involuntary repetition and is often known as stammering. While it sounds rather innocent and common, a person with a stutter has a much different experience than a normal person. For a normal person, a quick stutter can happen during...

How Art Gave Me Solace

Stand behind the line ma'am. I have to ask you again, ma'am, please stand behind the line. The ceilings sweep high above with natural light cascading downwards to meet us.  Indistinct murmurs float from deep within.  To escape the frenzy and find solitude, I leap...

Home Is Where You Can Tell Your Stories

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” – Danny Kaye I achieved my biggest dream and it didn’t make me happy. That was when I had my epiphany. I live in Namibia and all through my childhood and teenage years, my dream was to go study in the US. I guess a better...

Writing for Change and Transformation

For more than forty years, I’ve been transformed through the writing process. It all began at the age of six when I was at a sleepaway camp. In my camp trunk, my mother had packed a big box of ruled stationery. I remember that there was a little typewriter logo at the...

The Year I Hit Rock Bottom

“When in doubt, choose change.” – Lily Leung It was the year everything changed. I gained over 30 pounds of fat. Crashed my first car. Got kicked out of college. Growing up, I was always athletic. Losing weight was never a problem. That changed my first year of...

Embracing Your Flaws to a Happier You

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” – Conrad Hall Benjamin Franklin famously tried to be the perfect person.  He understood he had flaws, but he strived to change them.  He created a list of 13 virtues and would make detailed notes of which ones he broke on...

How Helping Others Helped Me Conquer My Anxiety

Seven years ago I was sat in a pub beer garden. Sitting opposite me was my girlfriend. Tears were streaming down her face. I had just told her that I couldn't visit her because my anxiety wouldn't let me get on a plane, or travel to another country, or do anything fun...

How I Quit Being a Slave to Alcohol

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” - Jim Rohn I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom. I had managed to stand up and step out of the tent, but I could barely put one foot in front of the other. My entire...