Self-Esteem & Self-Compassion

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Holding Space for Yourself: What is Yours to Know and Hold and Keep

Today I’m writing about an intuitive, creative and metaphorical approach to holding space for yourself. I’ll explain what holding space means, and share my own recent experience of it. It may help you feel more in tune with your own deeper needs, deeper nature and deeper boundaries. Many wise words have been written about holding…

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It’s Time to Embrace Your Quiet Knowing

You have a quiet knowing deep within that has always been present. It’s there. It has always been there. It will always be there. It winds through the dusky-dawn junctions of knowing and not knowing. It’s of you. And in you. And circling through you. Always. Your quiet knowing that has always been present. But sometimes, without…

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25 heartfelt wise women quotes for midlife

Can you believe that in my 13 years as a blog writer I’ve never put together a quote post? For some reason the stars have aligned today and I’ve gathered up 25 heartfelt wise women quotes for midlife. As I was sorting through the quotes I realized that I wished I’d done this sooner. Because…

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Women's counselor and life coach Patty Bechtold shares 11 ways to feel good about yourself at

How to Feel Good About Yourself (11 Things)

How to Feel Good About Yourself (11 Things). Updated 12/31/21 Well, 2020 was quite a year, wasn’t it? If you’re feeling exhausted, take heart and take care. Truly, I don’t think we even know yet the toll that the emotional exhaustion of the last year has taken. And considering all the things that have happened, it’s…

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Santa Rosa Therapist Patty Bechtold writes about feeling like you don't fit in and explores words that can help at

Feeling like you don’t fit in?

Here we are almost at the end of 2020, and you might be feeling like you don’t fit in.  The holidays have arrived, but it all feels kind of surreal. Life goes on, but we’re in the midst of an unrelenting limbo. Times like these definitely provoke feelings that we don’t fit in. For ages…

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