As I’ve grown up, I’ve found myself outgrowing certain toxic relationships in my life, thankfully. Connections I made at one stage in life now make me simply ask myself:
When I first started working after college, I remember chatting with my new coworkers over lunch—and so many of them would talk about not getting a good night’s sleep.
As a recovering people-pleaser, saying no was my worst nightmare for many (most) years of my life. I’d been conditioned to put others before myself, to give and sacrifice, and to keep the people around me happy.
Like everyone, I feel so sad about the recent suicides in the past week (and months and years). Kate Spade, Avicii, and Anthony Bourdain were all creative, talented, and beautiful souls who used their gifts to touch so many people in the world.