Sometimes You Just Have to Trust the Process

Originally published on ACEs Connection on May 9, 2017 By Svava Brooks. Where are you on your healing journey? Are you just getting started? Are you about to take the next step? Are you stuck? Or are you in the messy middle, overwhelmed with grief, feeling like the tears and …

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Why Am I Uncomfortable Getting Close To People? (And What Can I Do About It?)

Originally published on ACEs Connection on April 22, 2017 By HILARY JACOBS HENDEL. Many of us are hesitant to get emotionally close to others. Getting close means sharing feelings, thoughts, wishes and dreads – sharing our true selves, flaws and all, with someone who accepts us as we are. Yet …

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An Open Letter to the Usher at the Theatre Who Asked Me if “I Was the Sick Girl”

Dear Miss, First of all, for being an usher tonight. I’ve always had an admiration for what you do, and for the whole world of the Great White Way. Tonight, I was really excited to see one of my favorite musicals being revived on Broadway. I used to live for …

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My Woman of the Year phone call

On Friday afternoon, Congressman Garemendi’s office called me and told me I won the Woman of the Year award for his district. I started crying immediately and Chris started repeating, “Wow mom, Wow”. I managed a thank you within my quivering voice and hung up. My son’s eyes were so big, as …

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