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It finally feels like fall

Fall season has finally arrived in LA. It’s about time! Who else is excited about layers and boots? Yesterday, I got to revisit my old workplace at UCLA TIES for Families. I can’t believe that it’s been exactly 5 months since I last worked there. October would have marked my 3-year work anniversary. This was one of two first jobs after my OTD residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in  ...

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Loving kindness meditation

This is a great time to reassess your priorities. What is most important to you right now? Is it health, self-care, work, nutrition, just to name a few? Have you been spreading yourself too thin and often left feeling exhausted and uninspired? Maybe those around you are trying to avoid talking to you. Yes, you, Grumpy Cat. What you put out the world you often get that back in return. It may be counter-intuitive for you, but hey, let’s try this exercise of spreading loving kindness to  ...

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Fixed vs. Growth Mindset

Today’s inspiration comes from my current reading of Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s Option B book. She mentioned psychologist Carol Dweck’s research on mindset. Mindset is defined as “beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality.” Growth mindset means that you believe you can improve. Fixed mindset means that you don’t believe you can improve. Understanding these two  ...

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There’s no one quite like you

Who are you? No, who are YOU really? It seems like an easy question, but its answer is quite complex. Just realizing that you don’t have to pretend to be someone else could take up half your life or more already. So, what do you do with that realization? Today’s reminder is for you to be you. It may sound silly and ridiculous, but really, who are you when there’s no makeup on, no label, no name and just pure you. When you’re ready to be vulnerable, be you, a world of  ...

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