It’s Okay to Let Something Go

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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

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Who Do You Love?

Great West Financial asked the dental community a beautiful question: 

Who do you love?*

*And, of course, what a life insurance policy from Great West Financial means to you in the context of love.

Well, dentists and dental students across the nation answered, pouring their hearts across the digital screen in 100 words or less. And I am honored to share that my Valentine’s response was among the 22 winning responses!

“I haven’t yet found the love of my life – other than my little morkie puppy, of course! But I love the idea that one day I will be in love, and one day I will be able to share with my love the serenity of knowing we are in the reliable hands of Great West Financial.  If that’s not an ”I love you” gift, I don’t know what is!”

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So there you have it: the latest quote to decorate life insurance policies everywhere 😂

But now, I have a challenge for YOU:

In 100 words or less, tell us about the person you love. He, she, it, or just the idea is such a gift in your life.

P.S. Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, and more! What a perfect time to give yourself and your loved ones a gift. Head on over to A Smile Blooms on Etsy to pick out your very own inspirational magnets, and to get your very own Values Journal with engaging exercises and meditations that guide you on a valued life.

Affordable. Enjoyable. Meaningful.

Just right.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Body Positive Women Do These 10 Things Every Day!

We have all been there: ten minutes before a party, throwing every dress on the floor trying to find the magical one that doesn’t make our backside too large or our stomach too prominent. Yeah, so we bought a dress for this occasion just last week, but suddenly, it doesn’t fit right.

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And it’s not because our bodies have changed! Rather, it’s because our mindset has changed.

Maybe we are a bit more tired this evening. Maybe we had a rough day on the job. Whatever it is, we lost sight of how drop-dead gorgeous we are inside and out! And it’s time we get that body confidence back.

So I went straight to the experts — the women in my life — and compiled a list of the 10 Things Body Positive Women Do EVERY DAY!

CLICK HERE to read the blog post on the Psych Central World of Psychology Blog.

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

#NoStigma: Lessons from a patient

What our patients can teach us…

On Psych rotation, I asked a woman with Anorexia Nervosa, how do you do it? Every day, you fight back. Every day, you bite back. Every morning, you wake up choosing again to recover. And that choice has made you stronger. Every day you grow stronger!

The woman, though, wouldn’t answer. Not immediately. Instead, she took my hand, and she looked me in the eye, and she said, “Dear, I hope you never understand. I hope you never know. I hope Ana never steals the years of your life that she took from me.”

But then, she did share, and described aloud a list of 68 Thoughts in the Head of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa, specifically 68 thoughts from her life as a newlywed, 68 thoughts she shared with her spouse. She told me to process the experience slowly, because it hurts – anorexia hurts – and it’s hard – the isolation is hard – but she also told me to remember: my friend, her joy, is still in there. And boy is she strong, stronger than she may even believe!

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CLICK HERE to read the list that she spoke to me.

(This post was written and published with the permission of all parties involved. Anonymity is preserved to respect the rights of others involved in this conversation.)

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

For when things get hard

I received a call recently.  From an old friend.  In tears.  Contemplating . . . everything.

Take a deep breath.  She is safe.

But she said something to me in those moments of turmoil.  She called herself weak.  And, really, I couldn’t argue, because it was 2 a.m.  And she was overwhelmed.  And we were both tired.  And she was depressed on top of that.  Surely, if only from carrying that burden, she was weak.  But, I couldn’t just agree.

Because, the thing is, her weakness – the weakness of exhaustion, the weakness of fear –  was real.  AND it was temporary.  It was something we have all experienced – in moments of panic, in nights of exhaustion.  Yes, her weakness was at an extreme – and she is now safe – but her weakness wasn’t foreign, and it wasn’t innate.  It was natural.  And transient.

And by the strength to hang in there, her weakness is something she’ll beat.

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This letter posted with permission of a dear friend.   ‘Because you are a writer,’ she says, ‘and today, I am a muse.’ 

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.