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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness.

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Five for Friday :: 12 November 2010

November 12, 2010 2 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul

I don’t know about you, but I always find that the adjustment to darker evenings is a difficult one. I rely heavily on sunshine not only for Vitamin D, but for motivation to get fresh air and take in the sights and sounds outside my door. But like any change, soon enough this adjustment will be a distant memory and we’ll settle comfortably into a routine. In the meantime, it’s okay to spend some time indoors, snuggle up with a warm blanket and your laptop, and check out these awesomely inspiring and/or interesting posts.

candles two Photo Credit :: Wilson Fotografie


  • Over on the fbomb, a community for young women who care about their rights and want to be heard, a post by Tessa G. caught my attention and made me literally read it three times. She tells a provocative tale of loving someone who is unsafe. Fiction or non-fiction, this is a powerful story that speaks to the complexity of violence.
  • Rebecca at From Here. To There. In Purple. wrote a beautiful post on her love of baking, which goes much deeper than a plate of cookies. She speaks of how it relates to her memories, physical sensations, and her recovery.
  • Have you heard of the site, Five Rules for Life? The idea is that people from all over can share their top five rules for living a happy life. I haven’t submitted mine yet, but you know how I like to pick a top five… ahem… Thanks to Analiese from Tulips and Tea for bringing it to my attention!
  • Psychology Today featured a really thorough article on how to recover from trauma this week. One of my favorite points (and what I consider one of the most important):

Whatever inner resources people need to mobilize for recovery, they still can not accomplish the task alone. Depression and trauma are disconnective disorders. They do not improve in isolation. To fix them you have to be connected to others.


  • On Owning Pink, founder Lissa Rankin talks about her journey to be her most authentic self, even when that means the loss of important relationships. I love how she describes the feelings of vitality she derives by stopping trying to pretend she’s anything else but what she is.


Reader Comment of the Week :: Margarita on The illusion of control

…Control is totally an illusion. Just like counting calories and excessive exercise, it gives us this false security blanket that we’re strong and we can control the universe (even if our lives are crumbling). It lets us be numb to everything else. In our society, being vulnerable is viewed as being weak, which is interesting because it takes, I think, a lot of courage to be vulnerable and open. Being vulnerable means being honest, too.

p.s. Don’t forget to take part in the Self-Discovery, Word by Word series on vulnerability.

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Have a fabulous rest of the week and as always, please share what amazing things you’ve written or read this week!


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  1. Christie {Honoring Health}
    5 years ago

    I am still adjusting to the daylight change. Getting enough sunlight is really important for my wellbeing. I am hoping this winter will be easier on my spirit since I won’t be stuck in a windowless office for all of the daylight hours, though.

    I actually just bundled up and braved the cold for a walk and interestingly enough, it was really invigorating. I feel really good about doing it and think getting over my fear of exercising in the cold will pay off in my ability to focus and get some things done!

    end ramble/
    Christie {Honoring Health} recently posted..The Change You Wish To See


  2. Julie
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the link to Five Rules for Life! I can’t wait to read more of it.


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