Keep Running
Aug08

Keep Running

When going through a breakup, one of the most terrifying thoughts that might come to our mind is: When will it stop hurting, and how can I feel better already?  Now, although I often wonder what life would be like if there was an antidote for heartbreak; nevertheless, every time such a thought comes to mind, I remind myself that pain–heartbreak might actually be good for me. Now, I understand that many would counter argue my...

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My Kind of Love
Jul25

My Kind of Love

 I dedicate this column to my mother who has always taught me to do all things with love.     If I was to survey hundreds of people worldwide as to what love actually means to them, I would gather a variety of responses. However, if one was to ask me that very same question, my response would be: Love is selfless, vulnerable, and extremely sensitive. The reasoning behind my thinking is solely based on my upbringing and my...

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The Dying Swan
Jul11

The Dying Swan

I grew up in Ukraine where my greatest memories live beneath the footprints of those who walk on the very same soil I once played on, and the trees I once climbed in order to reach the sun. I moved to America in September of 1996, but to this day I learned perhaps one of the most significant lessons of my life by the frozen lake in the village that my grandparents live in. When I was 8 years of age, my grandfather took my brother and...

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Bees Sting… and so Does Fear
Jun27

Bees Sting… and so Does Fear

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to know about the land of bees. All I knew as a child was that generation after generation, my family cared for bees—they were beekeepers. I actually recall getting stung by a bee right by my eye; my face swelled up so big that I looked like a character straight out of a horror film. At that moment, I was petrified to look at myself in the mirror because I believed that my face would...

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Fairy Tales & Politics
Jun13

Fairy Tales & Politics

One cannot deny that there is a new trend taking place within our society. The trend is: women no longer need men in order to feel fulfilled. As little girls’, we were enamored with fairy tales and happily ever after; we know every Disney princess and the challenges each one is faced with in order to win the prince. We believe in their journey, because believe in the bond between lovers. But something shifted within ourselves and we...

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Introducing Svieta Ishchenko
Jun12

Introducing Svieta Ishchenko

I am excited to announce a new Grown Up Truth Family addition – Svieta Ishchenko! Svieta is working on her master’s from the University of San Francisco in Marriage and Family Therapy. Holding two BA degrees in both International Relations and Child & Adolescent Development, when Svieta is not studying and working, you can find her hiking with her two dogs and trying to relate to their complications as well. Svieta...

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