Hello, Anxiety. Showing up again uninvited and empty-handed. Creating a feeling of non-belonging where it doesn't belong. Tightening a vice in my chest where air should be flowing freely. Turning insignificant decisions into behemoth choice beasts. Causing me to worry about things that will never come to fruition. Telling me I'm not good enough because… Continue reading Why Am I So Anxious?
What exactly is a "niche", you ask? It's defined as a "comfortable or suitable position in life or employment" or as a "product or service that appeals to a small, specialized section of the population." It's the thing that all search engines, marketers, and advice-givers want you to define for yourself because, without having made… Continue reading Do I Have to Have a Niche?
I quit my full-time job to be a full-time me. I'm not the first person to do that and I certainly won't be the last but, when you make these kinds of choices, people tend to have questions. Questions: "You mean you don't have another full-time job lined up right now?" "Aren't you terrified?" Answers:… Continue reading Why I Quit My Job
How many times have you been told not to compare yourself to others? Give or take about a million and two times? I'm just guesstimating here. It's harder than ever to avoid comparing our lives when they're more on display than ever before. But, here's one of the best reasons I've found to try and… Continue reading Why You Have to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other People
Meditation ain't just for buddhist monks anymore. It's hit the mainstream harder than ever through celeb endorsement, mindfulness apps, and brain sensing headbands. But, plenty of people still think it's a waste of time or choose to avoid it because they assume it has to come packaged with religious undertones. Nope. It's more than that.… Continue reading What I Learned From a Month of Meditation
Who are you when the world isn't looking? Who do you become in the moments after the door closes behind you after a long day at work? Who are you when that door shuts, the lock clicks satisfyingly into place, and you're free to be alone and un-judged by the eyes of others? What facades… Continue reading Everyone Wants to Be Loved.
Indecisiveness creates room for excuses. Eating better. Working out. Tidying up the home space. Crossing things off that To-Do list. I’ll tell you one thing: If I’m flip-flopping on the decision of what to do, you better believe there’s a better chance I’ll make the lazy/unhealthy/tasty one. It’s the path of least resistance. The pleasure… Continue reading How to Create Better Habits with Less Thought
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
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?
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!
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 New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions
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