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The Skinny by Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.” Brene Brown Vulnerable. What do you think when you read that word? Take a moment and see what comes to you, how it feels in your body, how you perceive that word. Vulnerable stimulates a world of thoughts and ideas. Most of us don’t give ourselves [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Self Loathing Rears it’s Ugly Head -- If you would have asked me before last Friday if I would “punish” myself for my being overweight, I would have responded mightily, “NO!” If you had interviewed me further about my own issues of self-loathing, I would have responded that I really have less incidents of self-loathing and try very hard to not spend one minute hating myself. I would [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

In my family, we all struggle to be motivated to accomplish things that we don’t find “interesting.” This is a common struggle with people on the spectrum, including ADHD. We are able to sustain motivation for a small amount of time, and then we lose it. We are however, very motivated by anything that interests us. We can sustain motivation and become highly competent. My son struggles [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Living in Exponential Times -- We live in a time where information is being garnered and put out at supersonic speed. We literally cannot keep up with the outflow of information now available. We must slow down and deliberately pay attention to how this information stream is affecting our lives and our children’s lives. How can we navigate without being sucked under? How can we manage [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

There is a saying, “mind the gap.” It was originally brought about by the subway system in London, reminding passengers to pay attention to the space between the platform and the train.  I’ve heard several speeches where people have expressed this phrase as a metaphor for being mindful. Today I’m thinking about "minding the gap" in terms of something different. I would like to suggest [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Perhaps goal setting should be changed to “focus setting” or “focus intention” since to accomplish any goal we have to ask ourselves, “Where is my focus? Who or what receives my attention?” If you have a goal, say to lose weight, and yet the only thing you are doing is weighing yourself, well that obviously won’t be enough. You must spend time to focus on the desired outcome and [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Why is it that we feel we can’t ever make mistakes? Why is it so painful? Did you ever think when you made a mistake, “Oh others have made this mistake as well?” I tend to feel very isolated in those times and full of judgment. I can’t even think that others have made mistakes, I’m so lost in my own condemnation as if I should have know better, could have done better, could have been a [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Of Course You Doubt Yourself-You’re Trying to be Perfect! Trying to “be perfect” is a no win proposition. Stop please. Among the many problems of trying to be and do all perfectly is that you are inherently imperfect. Being imperfect is actually part of your entitled humanity. Entitled humanity? What does that mean? It means that you were created with certain flaws on purpose. And your life [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

Living with a Generous Spirit -- “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King Jr. Many religions talk about being generous to those less fortunate. We are reminded at this time of year to be monetarily generous to charities. But what does it mean to live generously? How does one live with [...]

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

The Skinny – Amy Brunell

We are in the season of madness. Everyone, everywhere shopping, driving, doing, doing, doing. Sure, let’s miss our holiday to spend the night camped out on the sidewalk, and break windows (3rd Street Promenade's Urban Outfitters) rushing in to buy, buy and see what else to buy. Let’s not forget about the people who have to miss their holidays for stores to open early for us to buy [...]

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