Looking back on those early days, I have so much empathy for the me of then. Some people might call that selfish, to focus attention on myself. I call it imperative. We can’t give to others what we don’t have for ourselves. It took me a long time to figure out that the best way to improve my relationship with my daughter and to aid in her recovery was to improve my relationship with myself. Developing empathy was a major step in that process.

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Thinking about getting a tattoo?

If you've never been tattooed or haven't been tattooed for a long time, walking into a shop can be scary. I've gotten multiple tattoos over a span of about 20 years, the last just a week ago.  If you're thinking about getting ink, here are my top ten tips to help the process go smoothly.

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Just Finished, Up Next

There is no answer, no magic bullet, no potion “out there.” For a long time I believed I took up all the wrong kind of space in this world. I judged myself, harshly, based on the double digit size of my pants, and I felt “less than” because I didn’t live up to society’s expectations of how I should appear, or my own. Reading this one book didn’t eradicate this belief, and I still have plenty of tough days, but this one book did remind me there is something better than “endlessly pushing the boulder of obsession up the mountain.”

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