Just because your potential is unlimited does not mean that your work to actualize it must be endless.

Somewhere in the rhetoric of becoming who we desire to be, we’ve forgotten the virtues of stillness, of brevity, of the very fine balance between having too much or too little, a…


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It’s okay if you aren’t ready to move at full speed just yet.

As you begin to see so many people pick up and carry on with their lives so effortlessly, I hope that this is your reminder that it’s okay to move slowly through transition. …


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The truth about perfection is that we only want it so that others might not hurt us for the lack of it.

We don’t crave perfection because it’s an authentic expression of who we are. We use perfection as a defense not only against other people’s potential criticisms, but also…


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What if, in the moments you feel most alone, you began to realize that you are also free? What if you could finally see that you are completely unburdened from the expectations of others, able to define and redefine yourself, to explore life on your own terms, to hear the…


Everything that is truly right for you will make you feel at peace.

Everything that is meant for you will feel like a deep exhale, as though you are returning home to a place you forgot existed. We so often yearn and want for the things that help us escape…


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Almost every last one of us lives with the assumption that if something is not right for us, it will simply be pulled away in time. …


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The past that you believe is currently holding you back is nothing but a memory.

It’s an image that lives in your mind and in your mind alone.

The past is not a painting in a museum. It is not a portrait that we can gaze at and identify each…


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At the heart of discomfort is the potential for great wisdom. Every time we find ourselves feeling jealous, angry, regretful, resentful, self-hating, judgmental, closed-minded, and hopeless, we are also being handed an opportunity to transform our mindsets and change our lives.

These emotions are not punishments, they’re signals of the…


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Ideas are like visitors.

At least, that’s the way Elizabeth Gilbert puts it.

To her, ideas are entities separate from the mind and self. (She’s also noted that the Romans used to think of “genius” as creative spirits that live in the walls of an artist’s home.)

That linguistic separation…


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The world isn’t withholding your future from you. The universe doesn’t delay. There are no purgatories in life, no waiting periods.

There is only the space between realizing where you’re meant to be and feeling you’re ready to go there. This is where you phase out of denial, release the…

Brianna Wiest

Author of 101 Essays That Will Change The Way You Think, The Mountain Is You and others. Visit briannawiest.com to find my books and more.

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