How mental health affects girls and women

Posted by Sarah Young
I reached out to a few girls and women, between the ages of 20-35 years, and asked them about their experiences with being forced to live up to expectations, and the effect it has had on their mental health. Academic pressure Scoring good grades and being the best at academics is something most students try to live up to, regardless of how terribly pressuring the situation can get. Being compared to peers, and forced to

How to narrow your ideas to choose one

Posted by Sarah Young
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” ~Scott Belsky In virtually every human pursuit, from personal growth to the arts to business, ideas and the execution of those ideas is what drives us forward. And when it comes to ideas, there are basically two kinds of people: Those who struggle to come up with what feels like good ideas Those gifted with a ton of ideas, but who struggle to pick the right

Are You Being Your Authentic Self?

Posted by Sarah Young
“The most confused we ever get is when we try to convince our heads of something that we know in our hearts is a lie.” ~Karen Moning It’s painful and stressful to feel like you’re living a lie. Like you’re hiding how you really feel, saying what you think other people want to hear, and doing things you don’t actually want to do—just because you think you’re supposed to. But sometimes we don’t recognize we’re

Quiet Does Not Equal Weak

Posted by Sarah Young
“Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.” ~Unknown This quote seems counterintuitive, right? For many years, I, too, scoffed at the idea. Having dealt with social anxiety throughout my life, I know firsthand what it’s like to feel weak, powerless, and trapped because of it. As a child, I remember clinging to my mom’s leg and using her body to hide from strangers. Then, as I got older, this shy behavior manifested

Is Over-Sharing an Expectation?

Posted by Sarah Young
“Be yourself. Life is precious as it is. All the elements for your happiness are already here. There is no need to run, strive, search, or struggle. Just be.” Thich Nhat Hanh  We show off our best moments—another sunshine shot from the beach, big smiles, cocktails and all. We try to be controversial. We ride the wave of the latest trend, showing we’re ‘on point’ and ‘in the know.’  We hit send. We repeat. As social creatures we

When Women Support Each Other We Rise

Posted by Sarah Young
Each day you have a choice: support, silence or compete with other females. You can look at the pie and think that if someone gets a bigger piece of it, it is less for you. Or you can look at the pie and see that there is enough for everyone. I choose the latter! We live in an era of #MeToo, but in reality 44% of a woman’s personal friends and social networks cut her down. Women