Author: Johanna Schram

I Needed to Change, But Not in the Way I Thought

“Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” — Pema Chödrön I thought going to college was going to be a chance for a fresh start. I guess it was, but not in the way I’d envisioned. I grew up in a small town. It seemed impossible to escape who I was in a place where pretty much everyone knew me. I was quiet and tended to stick close to one or two friends instead of being popular. I was known...

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6 Ideas That are Changing the Way I Experience Fear

I sat in my car next to the tennis courts watching other people arrive. My hands shook and my stomach churned. I told myself I would get out of my car and walk onto the courts the second the clock on the dashboard switched to 8:30. I had just joined a meetup group and was at the park that morning to play tennis for the first time in years with people I had never met. And I was terrified. It seems silly to be afraid of such a little thing like meeting people to play a game. But it’s...

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