Trust: Easily Broken, Seemingly Impossible to Repair.

Trust: Easily Broken and Seemingly Impossible to Repair. So, How Do You Pick Up The Pieces and Move On When It’s Gone?

Waiting for someone else to prove that you’re safe to trust again won’t help rebuild it. So, when it feels like you’ve lost it forever, where do you start? At 33, I finally stumbled across the first step in a chain reaction of events that helped me address my trust issues and move...

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Shedding the Weight

Shedding the Weight

Reconnecting with myself to re-learn my body’s love language. It might help with my acne, but could this be the key to a long-lasting, happy relationship too?

I’m officially going in to the last week of my 8 week acne challenge, and while I’d love to say I found the magic bullet, I can’t lie. If there is one thing I know now more than ever, it’s that there’s no “one size...

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The Art of Compromising

The Art of Compromising

They say compromise is the key to a happy relationship, but could it help cure my adult-onset acne?

It’s been 6 weeks now since that dark, rainy night. I sat on the couch, curled up in my favorite soft blanket, watching tv and cuddling with my dog. It was a “Netflix & chill” kinda night. Just me, enjoying time with myself, and my dog.

I was in a first-date mindset that night — the kind where you...

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For Love of the Fight: Unconscious Self-Sabotage

For Love of the Fight: Unconscious Self-Sabotage

Hell bent on being my own worst enemy, I can’t help but wonder: Was it self-sabotage or was I f*cking things up because I needed to get out?

We’ve all been there before. You work so hard for something and as soon as you’re about to get it, you f*ck things up and it’s gone. All of us has a self-saboteur that feeds on our insecurities. Whether it’s a stupid decision that lost you a promotion you...

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Acne Woes— Trial and Error, But Mostly Just Error

Acne Woes— Trial and Error, But Mostly Just Error

As I sit here drinking my daily cup of bone broth, I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what was going on with my body last last week. Nothing extraordinary or exciting happened, but I was feeling off. I’m half way through my 8 week challenge, so ideally my skin would be consistently showing signs of repair. And in some cases it is, the scars from my burns in week 1 are beginning to fade and...

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Acne Scars — Battle Wounds or Badge of Honor?

Acne Scars — Battle Wounds or Badge of Honor?

Acne Scars — Battle Wound or Badge of Honor?

Remember when we were kids and getting a scar felt like wearing a badge of honor? I remember getting hurt and thinking, “at least I’ll remember how much fun I was having forever.” More adventurous kids would climb trees and then fall and break an arm or an ankle, and I was always so envious of them. They were so brave they didn’t care about getting hurt...

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Was I Using Cover-Up or Was I Covering Up?

Was I Using Cover-Up or Was I Covering Up?

Last week after the burns on my face cleared up, I decided to stop using concealer in hopes that giving my skin a chance to breathe might help it heal. My breakouts were still clearly visible but I was feeling defeated by my many unsuccessful attempts to cover up my blemishes, and my Tizo 3mineral sunscreen is tinted, so I figured if I’m going to do this I need to go all-in. My concealer is...

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Hoping Getting Worse Means Getting Better — Below the Surface with Adult Onset Acne

Hoping Getting Worse Means Getting Better — Below the Surface with Adult Onset Acne

Hoping that Getting Worse Means Getting Better

It was a rough week for my new relationship guys, I’m not gonna lie. Half way through the week my breakouts had almost doubled and I made the all-too-common mistake of trying to take my coverup off with an Oxy pad — which was a horrible idea. My already sensitive skin flared up and turned my breakouts into what looked like burn spots all across my...

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#WeAreAllDaughters: Susanna, mom and life coach for special needs families

#WeAreAllDaughters: Susanna, mom and life coach for special needs families

“I am a mixed race (native Taiwanese + European), multi-cultural, single ‘mompreneur’ happily (and proudly!) in her mid-40s raising a pre-teen daughter on the autism spectrum. I am devoted to changing the conversation within the special needs world to one where there is...

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Below the Surface with Adult Onset Acne — the Struggle is Real.

Below the Surface with Adult Onset Acne — the Struggle is Real.

I was at war with my body for the last 5 years and it was the most exhausting battle I’ve ever fought. We are taught to strive for perfection and seek approval from the outside, and if something isn’t perfect then we told it’s bad or incorrect. We compare our lives to others and beat ourselves up when we feel like we haven’t achieved...

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What is success, really?

What is success, really?

For years, I’d been too busy to sit and read a book. I had no time to get lost in a good story or better yet, read a book that reinvigorated my spirit or inspired me to expand my view of the world and grow as a person. But when I left my job in Digital Marketing in 2018 to start Daughters with...

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We can’t rely on medical treatment when we get sick. Now what?

We can’t rely on medical treatment when we get sick. Now what?

My parents come from a generation of medical specialists who were trained to diagnose illness through hands-on, interpersonal communication. They used their experience and expertise to make a diagnosis and ran tests to confirm them, rather than running unnecessary tests to diagnose an illness. My dad is an ER doctor and my mom an ER...

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