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A Meditation on Not Being a Dick to Yourself

It’s possible to hold yourself accountable with compassion

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A few days ago, I was sitting at the piano. It had been a while. I used to play pretty regularly, but these days I’m not what you’d call a musician. I’ll jam with my husband every once in a while, noodling with things by ear and messing around with…




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Mollie Birney, M.A.

Mollie Birney, M.A.

Clinical Coach in private practice — life coaching with an eye towards mental health. @molliebirney

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