self esteem

10 Signs You Might Be Addicted to Approval

December 11, 2013

Click image to enlarge! 1. You think you can read minds. I believe telepathy exists. One time my husband touched my back and the word “courage” popped into my head. I asked him what he was thinking at the time and he said, “be brave.” But that’s about it for me when it comes to […]

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[Guest Post] How I Learned to Sing My Own Song

February 7, 2013

[Note from Amy: Nancy was one of the earliest members of “Be Brazen,” my five week coaching program which is now available as a home study here. Since I love case studies (since it’s so much better hearing about coaching programs from the actual participants, right?!) I was excited to share her experience here.] I […]

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Want Abundance? How To Feel Worthy of it First

November 21, 2012

“I’m not good enough. I don’t have what it takes. I’m a fraud…” We all seem to be singing the same tune. If you boil it down, here is what we tell ourselves: “I am not enough.” We use our “flaws,” or “mistakes” as evidence to prove it true. Scarcity Thinking This is scarcity thinking […]

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You Are So Not The Boss of Me

October 10, 2012

Guest post by Adriane Nichols (Note from Amy: Adriane Nichols is a current participant in my five week coaching program, Be Brazen. She is a bad-ass brazenista who happens to be freakishly down to earth and whose writing is always a joy for me to read, even irreverent emails sent after witnessing bizarre traffic infractions.) […]

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The true story of how I lost my mother and found a tribe

July 11, 2012

Hi. My name is Amy and I am addicted to approval. I have been in recovery for about three years. But once an addict, always an addict as they say. I didn’t always think of myself as an approval addict. I lived most of my life in denial. I was the golden child. In high […]

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Stuck? Ridiculously Obvious Advice You Will Thank Me For (and 5 Tips to Get You Moving)

June 27, 2012

I buy a lot of books. A lot. I download them. I get them in audio. I frequent the bookstore. Martha Beck jokes that if the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) were to classify my little habit as an officially recognized disorder, it would be called… Delusional Literary Purchase Syndrome “The conviction […]

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How I learned to love Little Miss Bossy

April 16, 2012

Do you know the children’s book series with those cute little characters called Mr. Happy, or Little Miss Giggles? A few years back Urban Outfitters was selling adult sized t-shirts of them. I asked my husband which character he would pick for me. I was convinced he’d say Little Miss Sunshine, of course. He replied […]

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Take Pride in Your Dorky Side!

December 7, 2011

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” – Quote from Almost Famous You’re probably acquainted with your inner critic or your inner child or even your inner lizard… but today I’d like to introduce you to someone else I think you ought to know. […]

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What’s Your Approval Seeking Personality Type

November 11, 2011

In my work with approval addicts I’ve noticed several approval seeking personality types. I created the 7 approval seeking personality types below as a tool to help my clients become more aware of what they do. These aren’t meant to be mutually exclusive categories. You might find you identify with several. Take a look at […]

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On Forgiveness

October 18, 2011

I had the opportunity to review Walter E. Jacobson’s Forgive to Win for his book launch today. It’s a thought provoking little book that got me thinking a lot about the concept of forgiveness. Forgiveness  a Path to Self-love? Since self-love is often a huge challenge for many of my clients, I found Jacobson’s take […]

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