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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Fears – If I see them from a distance, I will usually find a way to go around them or gear myself up to head right into them. This goes for all kinds of fears, from spiders to sickness, from public speaking to confrontations. It seems at first like I am handling my fears pretty well. See a spider outside the house, find another path to walk on; see a spider inside the house, with broom in one hand and bug spray in another, I prep for a gladiator fight. But if it appears out of nowhere right in front of me, I scream and I jump and I run like I am in the Olympics!

Not every fear comes announcing its arrival. I have had migraines for about 15 years, and at first, it manifested itself with a headache and eventual nausea. (more…)

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By Jerrica Ching

I recently had a conversation with a coworker on the difficulties that I have with uttering the two-letter word of “no.”  Beginning in my undergraduate years, I struggled with not associating this word with lack of competence or confidence, and found myself feeling guilty and second-guessing my decisions when I use it.  Why is a tiny two-letter word so hard to say sometimes?

Through my work as a mental health therapist I often share with clients that some behaviors are motivated by fear.  The anxious person refuses to go outside out of fear that something awful will happen.  I also stress with clients that even though our mind can rationalize that nothing awful has ever happened or will happen, sometimes going out of one’s comfort zone can elicit a brand new sense of fear.  (more…)

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By Vivian Mabuni

The book about my cancer journey is finished. The editorial team will begin the editing process this month. When God began opening the doors for the book to be birthed, I had to learn a whole new world: query letters, book proposals, literary agents, pub boards, platform, shopping a manuscript, and on and on. (more…)

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