What desires are you hiding from yourself, and from others?

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

Happy Sunday, Soothers. So. What do you want? Like, actually WANT? Desire, with all of your heart? Dream about? Think about…


Stop murdering your village of weirdos.

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

Happy Sunday, Soothers. The idea for this week’s Soother percolated in my brain after reading this (as per usual) excellent advice essay from Heather Havrilesky…


Three intriguing exercises to try.

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

How to, you know, actually start this whole self-acceptance thing.

Happy Sunday, Soothers. Self-acceptance! Self-self, acceptance! We all KNOW self-acceptance and self-compassion are keys to improving our lives, our mental health, our self-love, all the good…


Struggling with burden mentality.

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

Happy Sunday, Soothers. As I’ve been enrolling the Soothe mastermind, and going more deeply into coaching with some 1:1 clients, I’m seeing a pendulum swing too far…


A chart for people who struggle with thinking patterns based on fear or self-pity

This summer, I wrote an essay titled “Instead of positive thinking, try this.” I posited that positive thinking wasn’t useful, and in fact, can be harmful. I then offered a framework for thinking in more useful ways.

I still think that holds, and it’s something I’ve been delving more into as I prepare to kick off my mastermind group this September. You see, I don’t believe in quote-unquote positive thinking. …


You can get better at making decisions, just not how you’ve been taught.

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

Happy Sunday, Soothers. In my own personal work, and that of my clients, I naturally deal with a lot of black and white thinking. A lot of perfectionism. A lot of…


A plan for (finally) dropping the victim narrative

I use this term a lot in my work with coaching clients: despair mode.

I see folks slip into this place so easily. A mode of freak out. Of self pity. Of negativity. Of spiraling out about worst-case scenarios. Of what’s-the-point-ism. Of fear.

For most of my 40-plus years, this was my default, too. I was addicted to worst-case scenarios, of my own inability to change anything in my life, to my victim narrative.

What despair mode encouraged me to live in was two states: learned helplessness, and learned hopelessness.

The first, learned helplessness — well, if you read my…


The difference between indulging and processing emotions.

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

Do you struggle with indulgent emotions?

Something I struggled with for a very long time was self-pity.

I was an expert at stewing on how I’d been wronged; why things…


When did you first know you were supposed to change?

This article is cross-posted from my weekly newsletter, The Sunday Soother, a newsletter about clarity, intention, and useful tips for creating more meaning in your life that goes out every Sunday morning. Subscribe here. I am also a coach who works with sensitive people so they can stop second-guessing, make decisions confidently and live the life they’ve always dreamed of. You can learn more about working with me here.

When did you first realize that you were expected to change?

For me, it was 1990, and I had just turned 10 years old.

Up until that point, I had been a…


You’ve know that journaling has great benefits. But how do you even start?

It might surprise you that as someone who teaches journaling and recommends it so frequently, the practice used to feel hard, confusing, painful, and weird to me. I was extremely resistant to it. I couldn’t see the use of journaling; my mind was already loud and chaotic and full of thoughts racing over one another and I didn’t get the point of writing them down on paper.

I think one reason I was resistant was that I just didn’t know how to start. It seemed overwhelming. I was just supposed to pick up a pen, stare down a blank page…

Catherine Andrews

Teaching awakening + healing through vulnerability + self-compassion. Finding hope in a messy world. Author of the Sunday Soother. http://catherinedandrews.com

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