Posts tagged "self-help"

6 Things I Learned Meeting With A Life Coach

When T.J. Maxx reached out to me about meeting with a life coach and photographer, their pitch seemed so in tune with the current season of my life -- my obsession with building happier routines, my renewed focus on the tiny joyful moments of each day as the bigger picture of my life took a frazzled turn -- I had to give it…

By: Claire Hannum / April 16, 2015

How To Be Brave When You’d Rather Hide Under The Covers

A path toward bravery sounds like some abstract "journey" accompanied by stock photos of women atop mountains in yoga pants and heroes sparring with dragons, but in real life, it usually plays out on a much smaller scale. Bravery's what you need when you're nervous to ask for a raise or sign up for a new activity…

By: Claire Hannum / March 16, 2015

12 Good Things About Being Stuck In A Rut

I'm in a strange emotional rut these days. The past few months have been some of the most eventful I've ever had. They've been full of revelations, confusions, major changes, and new conclusions about what life means to me -- but instead of making me wiser, all these new thoughts and the baggage surrounding them have…

By: Claire Hannum / February 12, 2015

6 Ways To Tackle A Quarter Life Crisis Head-On

There's a time in your mid to late twenties that feels something like what I imagine Armageddon to feel like (or Y2K, because the world was basically ending). We lose direction, become unsure of our life's "purpose," feel like our hopes and dreams are suddenly unachievable, and lay in bed every Saturday watching "Everybody Love…

By: Katie Oldenburg / November 11, 2014

27 Things That Don’t Define Your Self-Worth

Chaotic and ever-changing as life is, it's no wonder that we look to external factors to define who we are and how we're doing. It's easy to lose sight of how our success in life shows up in intangible stuff, like the way we treat people, how we handle tough stuff, and how much love…

By: Claire Hannum / July 22, 2014

9 Tips For Taking On Jealousy

Of all the ugly emotions out there, jealousy has to be one of the worst. It can feel childish, petty and almost like a primal rage. But it's also inescapable; jealousy is almost like an epic equalizer, because everybody feels it now and then. On the path toward emotional growth, jealousy is one of the hardest…

By: Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

What Would You Tell Your 22-Year-Old Self About Life?

This month, LinkedIn rounded up over 80 influential business leaders and asked them what they would say to their 22-year-old selves about their working lives. The participants were asked what traits they found to be most important for 22-year-olds, and adaptability and resilience came out on top. What I find kind of sad and weird…

By: Claire Hannum / June 6, 2014

How To Avoid Becoming A Grinch This Holiday Season

loooove the holidays. But that doesn't make the lead-up any less of a bitch. The older I get, the more I find how unforgiving this season can be. When I was a little girl, I never understood why some of the grown-ups in my life seemed to dread it so much. An English professor once…

By: Claire Hannum / December 20, 2013

How To Find Your Way Out Of A Paper Bag

Warning: if you are literally stuck in a paper bag and can't figure out how to get out, please stop reading right now and call for help. If you are stuck in a paper bag as in you "don't know your ass from your elbow," are having an "existential crisis" or are "stuck in a…

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 15, 2013

19 Signs You’re In A New Age Bookstore

We recently discovered that one of the many things we have in common is a deep love of new age bookstores. Ami actually used to work in one in LA, while Winona has spent countless hours wandering the aisles of Portland's many alternative book shops, sniffing incense and wondering if she could ever make a…

By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 11, 2013

45 Things We Thought We’d Accomplish By A Certain Age (And Didn’t)

In the movie "Singles," -—and this sticks with Ami because she first saw it at the age of 14, so it made a big impression — Janet Livermore (played by Bridget Fonda) gives a monologue about where she thought she'd be by the age of 23. She laments: “I’m 23. Remember how old 23 seemed…

8 Horrendous Pieces Of Sex Advice From The Most WTF Book Ever Written

Amazon describes the little-known (thank God!) 1999 self-help book, The Rules For Getting Laid: Get The Sex You Want as an "outrageous, hilarious, politically incorrect book shows men the boneheaded mistakes they make in seducing women" and tells "readers the secrets no one else will have the guts to speak!" Well, that was putting it…

By: Ami Angelowicz / June 19, 2013

5 Popular Self-Help Tips That Actually Hurt Your Career

We all want to be successful, but things like tyrannical bosses, stapler-stealing co-workers and the statistical impossibility of every single person being a CEO keep bringing us down. So we try to balance the scales by following the advice of self-help books or motivational guides -- sure, a lot of those things are probably bullshit,…

By: Cracked / February 23, 2013

Girl Talk: On The Importance Of Being Alone

I work from home, so I spend a lot of time alone. Eight hours a day, actually, and often more than that. I miss having coworkers (especially because my Frisky coworkers are so freakin' awesome), but my ADD makes it really hard to get anything--especially writing--done anywhere other than a totally controlled, calm environment. Whe…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 22, 2013

12 Self-Help Books That Actually Work

Self help books get a bad rap sometimes, I think. They're seen as the province of walking, talking "Cathy" cartoons and hippie-dippie-fruit-loop types. That couldn't be less true:  there are many different types of self-help books for all kinds of problems. Some books are more spiritual while others are more practical, as in teaching you…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

How To Accept Criticism In 5 Easy Steps

Last week, I wrote an “Open Letter to Mayor Bloomberg,” informing him he had no right to tell me how much Coca-Cola I am allowed to consume. After many comments about me sounding like “a high school drama queen” and telling me to “calm down,” I felt very discouraged, and even doubtful about my writing…

By: Daley Quinn / July 10, 2012

The Daily Squeeze: A Self-Help Book By Tila Tequila, A Song For Britney Spears, And A Crystal Carpet

Tila Tequila just got a book deal. "In this book I will give advice on love, relationships, sex, and how to make your dreams turn into reality…just like I did!" Oh dear. [Theimproper.com]…

By: Catherine Strawn / May 28, 2008

Cut The Damsels In Distress Nonsense!

Last week, I gave the thumbs-up to a piece I had read on Dumb Little Man that advised would-be-lovers to make people love them by making them take care of them. I've changed my mind. Sure, it sounds nice in a fairy tale, when this advice may have made sense, but it’s 2008! So I…

By: Simcha / March 24, 2008