I'm a firm believer that reading (or listening) to books is an ideal way to interrupt the non-stop chatter of the mind. Through that interruption of our old patterns, we have a better chance to create new and healthier ones. Here's a list of books, in no particular order, that have resonated with me and… Continue reading 15 Books to Jumpstart a Stronger Self
Starting a podcast is where it's at right now. Why wouldn't it be? You have the ability to create entertainment using your own unique voice and toss it into the iTunes store for anyone to access. This medium in particular satisfies a need for increasingly elusive real conversation, it can be a way to learn… Continue reading How to Start a Podcast: Equipment Options and Helpful Tips
Ever asked yourself that? Ever had a day where every social interaction you have just doesn't land right? Maybe you're having more than a few days like that. I don't know your life. What I do know is that I've been hyper aware of how often I'm choosing to avoid people these days. If I… Continue reading Why Am I So Awkward?
If I had to use one word to describe dreams it would be: Elusive. The things just don’t want to stick around. They're like a used up Post-It or an irresponsible step-father. They take over your mind at night, run amok, and then slip away like a thief in the night the second you return… Continue reading How to Remember Your Dreams and Use Them to Your Advantage
This week I've been thinking about insecurity, AKA: the act of being too hard on yourself, and how we can work on overcoming doubtful thoughts about ourselves and where we are in our lives. First of all, let's accept that it's gonna creep up on us from time to time. We all get insecure and, ya know, maybe a… Continue reading 5 Ways to Overcome Insecurity
We're small. We're incredible. But...ridiculously small. Don't you forget it. It's vital that we keep this notion at the edge of our awareness because it instills us with a powerful sense of humility. Through humility, we can begin to more deeply and consciously appreciate the little things. What better way to exist than to live deeply in… Continue reading What If We Focused on the Big Picture?
Perhaps a more fitting name for this post would be, "Things I Started to Learn in my 20's and Still Need to Remind Myself of on a Regular Basis". But, that title doesn't quite roll off the tongue, does it? Let's be honest. The 30's aren't even old these days. I know many 30-something's (including… Continue reading 20 Things I Learned in my 20’s
After all this time, it's finally up and running! My new podcast, "We're All Human with Courtney Diamond" is available for streaming and download on iTunes. If you like the content of the blog, then you'll enjoy listening in as I talk to guests about life, relationships, creativity, struggles, insecurities, and what it takes to… Continue reading The Podcast is Live on iTunes!
I'm becoming de-sensitized to six packs. Yeah, I said it. I see the abs. They're there. I see them as an accomplishment and they're great, but they're just not what they used to be. Granted, I live in a city that glorifies an ideal body and I'm on the Instagrams flicking through seemingly endless pictures of intensely fit… Continue reading Why You Don’t Need a Perfect Body
Saddle up for a little honesty, kids. It's time to get real about what's going on in the streets. Sometimes people don't text back. Crazy, right? It's called ghosting and it's a damn epidemic, ya'll. I do it and I've experienced the other side of it. Quite frankly, I don't know of a friend that… Continue reading 10 Reasons They Didn’t Text Back
It's ridiculous to think that you can avoid sadness. In fact, it's counter-productive. The real question is: "How will you handle it when it arrives?" No amount of beauty, money, confidence, or power will protect you from the occasional visit from Sadness. It will come for us from time to time, reminding us how fragile we are… Continue reading Building Strength Through Sadness
The New Year approaches. Can you feel it? The arrival of a new year makes us feel like we've got a "fresh start". You find yourself reflecting on what you did over the last 12 months…and what you didn’t do. I, for one, have had some incredible experiences this year. We're talking things that I couldn't have… Continue reading 2016 Reflections and Resolutions
The first step to getting unstuck is to realize that being stuck doesn't really exist. Being stuck is a feeling and a mental construct. Usually the main reason that we begin to feel stuck is because we've forgotten that we have the ability to make decisions. These can be small, everyday, routine decisions. Or they… Continue reading How to Get Unstuck
My time is valuable. And, so is yours. I've become incredibly conscious of the way I spend my time. Who I'm spending it with. What I'm spending my time on. Why I'm spending my time that way. I've developed a talent for saying "no" to things I don't want or need to do. More importantly,… Continue reading What Do You Want?
I've been asked so many times, "What's the best way to approach a woman in a bar?" What I really hear? "How do I approach a woman in a bar without being annoying or having to face a harsh rejection?" For the men who don't hit on 27 different women a night, I'm sure it can… Continue reading How to Approach a Woman in a Bar
First of all, let's acknowledge that there's nothing wrong with being single. In fact, there are a lot of perks. Full control of the TV remote and nobody touches your leftovers, just to name a few. Secondly, let's remember that being single is better than being in a dead-end or unhealthy relationship. Staying involved in anything in life… Continue reading 5 Reasons I’m Still Single
We don't usually speak of loneliness. There's a stigma to it, isn't there? A certain shame attached. As though being lonely makes you pathetic or unwanted. That couldn't be farther from the truth. We all experience loneliness and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. It is a lack of connection. Mental, physical, emotional. One of… Continue reading The Truth About Loneliness
"Never say never." I certainly try not to. In fact, if I ever slip up and hear myself using that word, I get an immediate little nervous twinge. Saying "never" feels like throwing a challenge out into The Universe. And you know how The Universe loves irony. I picture it as something that doesn't like to be… Continue reading Never Think That You Can’t Adapt
Do you want to avoid some of the trials and tribulations of the dating world? Do you prefer a life with less useless drama? Yeah, me too. (If you said, "Nah, son. Bring on the struggle", just stop reading here.) Now, I'm a woman who's seen her own share of disappointments in the dating world and… Continue reading The Top 15 Dating Red Flags to Look Out For
I've been shy all my life. Most people in my life now wouldn't realize it. That's intentional and the result of genuine effort. When I was a kid, I missed out on so many things because of it. I wasn't able to stand up for myself. I denied myself opportunities and experiences. I'd stand there holding my mom's… Continue reading How I Stopped Holding Myself Back