stop being a people pleaser

As is typical of highly sensitive people, I used to abhor conflict and confrontation. I was pretty much completely incapable of saying no to someone’s face. Instead of standing up for what I wanted or what I believed in, I would just smile. To the point that I had a trail of abandoned relationships behind

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highly sensitive child

The other day, my husband and I announced an upcoming family trip to New York City to our three kids. The girls immediately started jumping up and down with excitement, but my son’s reaction was more subdued. “What’s up, buddy? You don’t look very excited.” I said. “It’s going to be really crowded and noisy,

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highly sensitive person marriage

The topic of today’s post is highly sensitive person marriage. Or more specifically, an HSP being married to a non-HSP. This combination of temperaments often leads to some unique struggles. Like how to make it work when you and your partner have TOTALLY different ideas about what constitutes an ideal level of activity and stimulation?!?

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No, you are not too sensitive and here's why.

No, you are not too sensitive! Your sensitivity is a gift and you are okay exactly the way you are! Nice sentiment, right? Something you wish you could believe? But not quite there yet? If so, you are not alone. Before highly sensitive people learn acceptance, they way too often battle thoughts like these: I’m

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highly sensitive person books

Looking for highly sensitive person books?  Well, look no more, because I got you covered. 😉 I think reading HSP books is kind of like going back to school to get the life training you never got but should have.  Starting in childhood, most highly sensitive people have been taught to follow lifestyles that are better

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How to balance conflicting needs as an HSP-HSS

If I had to describe my experience as a highly sensitive high sensation seeker (HSP-HSS) in two words, those two words would be inner and conflict. There’s the side of me that needs calm, quiet, and simple routines. But then there’s the side of me that gets bored by repetition and is constantly seeking new

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Being a highly sensitive person comes with both positives and negatives.   And I’m sure most of you are intimately familiar with the negatives.  The sickening impact of chemical smells, bright lights, and irritating sounds.  The fact that your stress response is triggered over a pin dropping.  The burden of feeling other people’s feelings in your

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You might imagine that someone who calls themselves an HSP coach and a mentor has their own crap figured out. And yeah, I would say I have managed to climb a few crucial rungs up the personal growth ladder. But I actually believe that the main reason I’m qualified to serve as anyone’s guide is

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Are you a highly sensitive person wondering if self-employment would be right for you? If so, you are not alone. Many highly sensitive people struggle with the physical and emotional overstimulation imposed on them by conventional workplaces and dream of striking out on their own. I was once one of those dreamers myself! After much

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It’s probably not terribly shocking to you to hear that, as a highly sensitive person, I have struggled with a fair amount of excessive stress over the course of my life. After hitting rock bottom about six years ago, I spent quite a while in what I like to call “hermit mode”. Taking on a

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