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U!Shine Vienna Becomes a Toddler!

May 3, 2018 is the day Michelle and I signed U!Shine Vienna into creation. We sat opposite our lawyers who laughed at us while we excitedly took pictures of each other signing the documents and freaking out. Then we left the building and screamed on the sidewalk. It was a good day.

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A Quick Note On Failure and Feeling Good Anyway

Several weeks ago, I met with Simon Horowitz, the British muscle man behind the name ‘FitBritVienna,’ to offer up a collaboration to start U!Shine Vienna’s spring season. The two of us came up with what we thought to be a good idea, got our details straight, and set the bar at a limit of thirty participants. My co-founder, Michelle, put it up on Eventbrite and we, as always, eagerly awaited for the ticket sales to come rolling in.

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An Evening in Chairs & Pairs

I’ve said it before, and I’ll keep saying it until, well, always: We are made for each other.

We are communal beings who thrive when we’re actively engaged in healthy and helpful relationships and communities. However, there’s a cruel irony that takes place when we, as individuals, encounter life’s challenges and either forget to lean into or lack a safe community for support, thus leaving us to deal with our stuff on our own.

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Mindful Photography

There are three figs. They’re lined up on my white table. Not quite green and not quite red, they’re an in-between color, that point where red and green meet and mix. There are patches of green. Patches of red. Patches of brown. I stand still, and look closer. 

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Two Evenings in Blue

Depression has a number of assumptions made about it--

“Depression is just a fancy way of saying you’re lazy.”

“Depression isn’t really a big deal.”

“Depression is easy to get over. Just get out of bed and you’ll be fine.”

To anyone who’s been depressed or watched a loved one suffer from this particular brain illness, the widely popularized assumptions above only further keep these individuals in isolation. Assumptions are just that: assumptions, not the truth. Those familiar with the illness know depression is much more complex, challenging, and isolating than the world around us believes.

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Separation and Opportunity for a Journey Towards Self- Love

“Most people see the problem of love primarily as that of being loved, rather than that of loving, of one’s capacity to love. Hence the problem to them is how to be loved, how to be lovable.”  ― Erich Fromm, The Art of Loving

Romantic relationships for most individuals are incredibly intense experiences, especially the ending of a relationship. Relationships are often mirrors that reflect precisely the wounds that have injured us in the past. The ability of self-love is often also reflected by the relationship and the love we received from our primary caregivers.

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The Gut Check Concept

“A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” ― Rosalynn Carter

Let’s take a moment to acknowledge two truths: One, we need relationships. Two, relationships are hard work.

Any human being who has ever known another is aware of the double-edged sword that is being in a relationship. Though beautiful and necessary to our survival, relationships are messy, confrontational, and even at times, painful.

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