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How Good is "The Good Girl Syndrome"

Posted by Dawn Morningstar on

How Good is the “Good Girl Syndrome?” Over the years, many girls were taught: good girls don’t say that, good girls don’t do that. Good girls don’t talk like that. Good girls remain quiet, don’t make waves, get it right the first time, and don’t cause problems for others. Who were these good girls anyway? As a little g...

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From Taboo to Enlightenment

Posted by Dawn Morningstar on

A Facebook post pointed out that it was considered taboo to talk about religion and politics, and that instead we should have been taught how to have thoughtful conversations about these very topics. 

As a result of the duality we’ve created by not talking about fundamental beliefs, a boiling chasm of division continues to heat up and widen.

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What Cannot Be Said...

Posted by Dawn Morningstar on

After what is estimated to be 10,000 years of patriarchy, isn’t it about time we question that system and change what needs to be changed? This is the time to have the hard conversations and yes, the bold ones, about all kinds of issues that will create a shared balance of power for all. 

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A Shift in the Myth

Posted by Dawn Morningstar on

Being involved in many women’s groups and circles, and having conversations with friends and family over the years, I’d heard something that is feeling more like a myth than reality.Have you ever heard it said (usually by a woman) that other women cannot be trusted? That women are competitive and conniving? That they are out to get one another? I remembered hearing versions of this idea shared by older women in my family when I was a little girl. And then I heard it repeated by many other women through the years.Women, historically and with few exceptions, have had little...

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The Upside to Receiving Help

Posted by Dawn Morningstar on

Most people love helping others. It’s in our nature. Yet what is it about asking for or receiving help that can be such a challenge for us?This lesson landed squarely in my life on Friday.When I came out of my coaching appointment and saw my parked car smashed beyond recognition, my brain could not process what I was seeing. I think I was in a mild state of shock.I later found out that a distracted driver (witnesses say she was texting) driving a pick-up truck with children in it, had hit my car with such force that it pushed the...

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