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Practicing What I "Preach"

As a psychologist, I am trying to sit in my own grief and reflect and be humble and grateful. đź’”


I am literally heartbroken.... I know he is the second major figure recently to commit suicide, but this news has legitimately crushed me. Those who know me well know that my running joke for years has been that I want to basically be the female version of Anthony Bourdain (sans the drug years). His shows and career invigorated in me, not only my love for food and snarky commentary, but the realized profound truth of stepping outside our own personal bubble and walking a mile in someone else's world. Watching him travel, and eat, and interact, and speak about his experiences would help move me out of my stages of complacency....helped me to continu


e striving for more outside of my own door. I am so profoundly saddened today by his passing and yet so eternally grateful to continue the professional psychological work that i do to help others who may be struggling with similar challenges. I am also so grateful for the legacy he left, or at least for what he has done for me (and others who he has touched in his own way).


I will miss seeing his newest adventures, and watching the mischevious way he could push the boundaries yet be welcomed into other's homes. I will miss the eloquent way he spoke and wrote about the essence of life.


I will continue to have my own adventures...I will continue to explore, and capture, and write about my thoughts and feelings and the people who are along for the journey. I will continue to carry him with me and most importantly i will continue to work with and support those who are dealing with sadness and depression.


"Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind."


- No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain

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