Spirituality and Self-help

WHY FINDING YOUR WHY IS SO IMPORTANT

WHY FINDING YOUR WHY IS SO IMPORTANT It’s incredibly inspiring watching a person’s face light up when they explain what they are passionate about. Hearing what led them to this passion, and their overall background story is extremely exciting. The source behind that fervor is called “Your Why”. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what your profession is, every person has a Why – a source of motivation that drives you to be the best version of yourself. Whether it is family, faith, friends, or a burning desire to succeed within your field, identifying your Why will help you achieve your goals. When pinpointing your own personal Why, ask yourself these questions: What motivates you to work hard? Who do you think of when you need inspiration to power through a long workday? What are ...

THE CORNER MAN

THE CORNER MAN In boxing they have a term called “The Corner Man.” This individual acts like a coach. He stands in the corner observing, analyzing, putting days, months, years even of hard work into action just to make sure his teammate wins the battle. Most people overlook this team member even though they are perhaps the most vital part of the team. The boxing athlete returns to their side time and time again. Refueling them with words of empowerment. Motivation. Encouragement. To fight. Fight. Fight. Win. Win. Win. Squirt some water into the athlete’s mouth and all eyes are off of The Corner Man and back on the boxer fighting the fierce battle. What most oversees is the critical part in the entire match The Corner Man plays. The entire time this individual is analyzing not only their te...

SHINING SOUL

Why hello! I’m writing this on little Friday aka Thursday. Does anyone else call it that to trick yourselves into thinking you’re closer to the weekend than you actually are or is that just me? Despite feeling slightly stressed about the upcoming holiday season and me being extremely unprepared for it, I have a very exciting weekend ahead. If you’ve read my other posts I’m sure you can assume what I’m most looking forward to. DRUMROLL PLEASE…… Yep—you guessed it, SOULCYCLE! I’m headed to Chicago to see an old friend, tap it back Saturday morning in class, and attend the Renegade Craft Fair.  Fingers crossed I knock out a bunch of Christmas shopping for friends and family while there (and maybe a few presents for myself, too). We are also fully prepared to eat and drink our way through the ...

SELF-ACCEPTANCE

Total self-acceptance is one of the hardest things to achieve. We disguise the darkest parts of ourselves from others. The things we are ashamed of. The things we can’t change, but wish we could. Maybe you aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, smart enough. Maybe you’ve made a mistake you can’t take back. Maybe you’ve tried and failed on so many occasions you’ve lost count. We are so hard on ourselves. We stare at the broken pieces too often. There is nothing more we love to do than dwell on what we could have been. And to the outside world we go on living our lives as if they are perfect. Perfect family, perfect relationship, perfect self, perfect social media photo. You all know you’re guilty. But on the inside we are struggling with those things we see as imperfections. I am ...

ON BECOMING A WOMAN

Do you want to know when I finally became a woman? When I started owning my dreams and defending what I loved regardless of what was popular, what was normal, what was expected at my age and what others wanted for me. I finally became a woman when I accepted my past and stopped letting people try to rewrite history. When I started standing up for who I was and not letting myself be portrayed for who I was not. I finally became a woman when I knew everything that made me up was enough. It was special and it was deserving of love. If I couldn’t find love – I would always be enough – because I am firm in my convictions and unwavering in who I am…. XX A.L.D. Come Find Me @harnessmagazine @invokethyquote Click on hashtags #ALD to see more by me

IF I KNEW THEN WHAT I KNOW NOW: WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MY 14 YEAR OLD SELF

One day you will wake up and seriously question who you are. You will then realize that life has been a series of choices, and your actions and the people who have walked in and out of your life have moulded you into the person you have become. You will think about every moment that has passed, good or bad. You will think about every missed opportunity, and every gained experience. You will contemplate every fear that manifested itself to become part of your reality, and every failure that broke you down just a little bit further away from the person you someday thought you would become. You will also be reminded of all the barriers you overcame, the ways in which you surprised yourself by experiencing things you never dreamed you ever would, and you will smile over the realization that yo...

HAPPY…ISH

Happy…ish “Am I happy?”….The words currently running through my head after a happy hour turned into a massive hangover. One beer…two beers…not going to mention, how many more beers…and two tequila shots later.  My life has felt like groundhogs day for awhile. Wake up, work, probably work late, miss my yoga class, vow to wake up early, sleep through my alarms, work and work late and the cycle continues. I sound like I’m complaining – it’s not all bad. I have great family and friends, I travel on weekends, I have a stable job and a solid income and live in a great city.  What more could a girl ask for? But there’s something missing. I know I’m stuck and I know there’s somewhere else I need to be.  But how do you leave your life for something else? Am I suffering from “grass is greener” syndr...

SHINING SOUL

Perhaps it was Sunday’s time change, or Tuesday’s election, or it was simply the way the stars were aligned but this week has been one filled with mixed signals. Some signals have caused me to stop and think about my actions, some signals that have prompted me to evaluate relationships, and some signals that have provided me with rare clarity. I promise I have a lot to say, and you’ll see plenty more from my spinning soul in the weeks to come, but for now I have this: Oddly enough the tone of this post would normally leave me wanting to categorize it as “Soul Spinning”; but I am left with a faint sense of hope. I will finish my week with a shining soul because flowers grow back, even after being stepped on. And so will you. xx, KFT Author: Kristin Tracey Instagram: @nitsirkft If you wish t...

LEAN IN

Lean In Sitting in my Public Relations capstone class as a soon-to-be graduate, I realize that I am surrounded by women, with the sole exception of one male student sitting in the back row. In our collegiate program, I can count the men pursuing degrees in PR on one hand. Within the industry, nearly 72 percent of all public relations professionals are women, according to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Yet only 30% of women are CEOs of Public Relations agencies or organizations. Our nation has struggled with gender inequity for generations. Statistically, women earn $0.77 for every $1.00 that a man earns in the same position. Men are more likely to be given a raise or promotion over their female counterparts. These statistics can be attributed to different factors including...

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

I’ve thought a great deal about what to write. Maybe it would be an introduction to Harness Magazine. Perhaps, an article on how to use our forum or why I decided to create this platform. I thought and thought and thought…but nothing. Time seemed to fly by quicker than I could catch it; and all of a sudden the launch was here – but still no article. I couldn’t find the article anywhere – not in my mind – not in my heart – not in the blank screen sitting before me. I would wake up in the morning and look at myself in the mirror announce today would be the day, but time would slip right through my fingers. Night would arrive and sweetly serenade me to lay in bed and eat candy. Allowing my mind to waste away and probably my abs. Tonight proved to be no different except that I chos...

5 MYTHS ABOUT SELF-ACCEPTANCE YOU SHOULD STOP BELIEVING RIGHT NOW

5 Myths About Self-Acceptance You Should Stop Believing Right Now Self-acceptance is a hot topic these days. “It is what it is . . .” “Just accept it.” “Let it go.” “Love yourself.” We hear these phrases all the time. They’re in song lyrics. We see them on t-shirts. Brands use them in ad campaigns. You’ve probably even re-posted variations of these on your Instagram. In our stressed out and “always on” society, these phrases definitely resonate. There’s no doubt about that. But what is less clear, is HOW to actually put these ideas into practice. In a way, we’ve almost commoditized the idea of self-acceptance. Preaching self-acceptance has become trendy. . . even cliche. It seems as if everyone is doing it. And if everyone is doing it, it can’t be that hard, right?? But easier said than do...

MY SPINNING SOUL

My Spinning Soul In the past 2 years I have: lost a close family member, quit my job in LA, moved across the country (back to Ohio, where I’m from), found a new job, got a tattoo, ran a ½ Marathon, bought my first house, rode 100 miles on a bike, and written my first blog post (that you are reading RIGHT NOW). HAVE I MENTIONED I JUST TURNED 29 LAST MONTH?! Sounds like I have I have it all together and should be singing life praises all day every day, right? Well, not so much. Let me explain… When I try to describe how I feel to close family and friends, it’s hard to do. Am I unhappy? No. Am I lost? Maybe. Am I sad? No. Am I lonely? No. The best way I can describe it is from a movie scene where the character is standing in Times Square and everything is spinning around her, as if she is in ...

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