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Building Resilience and Moving Ahead Through Tough Transitions

Breakups and layoffs suck. Whether it’s the end of a long-term relationship with someone you love, the loss of a job you were dedicated to, or another life-altering situation, being thrust into these scenarios where a big part of your life comes to a sudden end is downright unnerving and terrifying.

You enter into that uncomfortable grey area of uncertainty, where before you looms a tough period of passage from what you knew towards what is unknown. To help you build resilience and respond better to an imposed transition, we share a few ways you can begin to part with the past, return to the present, and move ahead towards the future.

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Featured image by Eutah Mizushima.
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The Stages of Grief After Being Laid Off

A calendar invite for an agenda-less early morning meeting with my leadership team at an off-site location arrives in my email inbox. A sense of foreboding forms around me. To quote a little indie film franchise you’ve probably never heard of called Star Wars, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.”

My worst fear was realized when I received the news that my time at the company I’ve dedicated myself to for years was coming to an end.

In the 24 hours that followed after being laid off from the job I had loved, I experienced the five stages of grief — denial, depression, anger, bargaining, and acceptance.

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Edge of 2017

It’s the return of my lucky number 7 in 2017. Looking back, 2007 was a monumental year because it was the year I graduated from high school and entered a brand new phase of my life—adulthood. Now, ten years later, I feel like it’s time to make some more transformative changes.

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2016: A Year in Review

We did it, guys. We survived 2016.

Like many of you, I am drained by and done with this tumultuous year. 2016 was a harsh wake-up call for humanity, and 2017 will be the real test for us all. With hard work and heart, I truly believe we can and will weather the storms ahead.

Despite all the chaos, I did have some personal highlights worth mentioning, including traveling to Paris, meeting new people, accomplishing long-held goals, and listening to a lot of good new music. As I gear up to say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2016, I’d like to share the moments that made this year one to remember in a celebratory way.

Throughout the year, I’ve been compiling a page of memories from 2016—including notable experiences I had, concerts I attended, music I listened to, movies I watched, television shows I  followed, and books I read—and now the time capsule is complete! Check it out here at Scrapbook 2016.

Featured image by Robert Wiedemann.
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Ideas for Finding Peace of Mind

You know those mornings when you wake up not necessarily on the wrong side of the bed, but on the wrong side of yourself? Then, for the rest of the day, you feel so deeply entrenched in misery that you simply can’t shake off?

If you’ve ever had difficult moments like this, you are not alone. It’s something many people have experienced but do not readily speak of. I know this because that scenario has been my Wednesdays for the last month.

It’s hard to open up about your internal struggles. Whenever I’m having a rough mental health day, I tend to keep quiet and keep to myself, but I know that keeping my emotions bottled up is not a beneficial solution. When seeking professional help is not required, not accessible, or something you’re not yet ready for, what can you do to save your sanity?

To remedy the bad days, I’ve been working on tackling and completing these five daily actions. In no way are these quick fixes for mental health challenges, but the hope is that by fulfilling these actions, you can find purpose in and anticipation for your daily life, and ultimately get closer to a place where you can see yourself as worthy as you truly are.

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