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Networking whilst dealing with social anxiety

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Social anxiety is a powerful force that can make it difficult to network. It’s something that we can all feel at one time or another, but for people with Social Anxiety Disorder, the fear of social situations can be debilitating. Social anxiety may be triggered by any type of social situation and may result in […]

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Ways of Debunking Impostor Syndrome

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Disclaimer: Mental health will be talked about as a topic. I am not a mental health professional, these are only my opinions and personal experiences I am sharing. He cried out and slumped to his knees to ask, “Why is this happening to me?” He had just brought home his baby girl only 10 days […]

My Brain Is a Container Ship

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Last week (the last part of March 2021, if you’re reading this later), the container ship Ever Given got stuck in the Suez Canal. (Cue Billy Joe’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” line: trouble in the Suez!) Today it occurred to me that my brain is a lot like that ship. Stuck in a canal. […]

An ADHD Diagnosis – My Story

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At Big Orange Heart we invite others to share their stories with us. After all, we exist for YOU and for you to share stories that help with positive mental, physical, and work health. Some stories are harder to read than others, because the content may be triggering or difficult to digest. For those stories, […]


A decade ago, I found myself being introduced to multi-level marketing. Yes, somehow I found myself at one of those “talks” – full of well-intentioned people fully believing this business model was the key to success, the key to giving you what you wanted if only you worked for it. The foundation of their belief […]