Dara is a certified Life Coach with a degree in communications from the University of Florida. She has studied self-development for almost a decade and loves variety, connection and adventure. Born in Miami, Florida, she has created work for herself in the U.S., Canada and Australia. She currently resides in Melbourne, AU and practices yoga and meditation regularly. Visit her website at www.darasimkin.com. Or connect with her through her social media channels.

The Pain of Procrastination

Think about pain and pleasure and how it relates to your life. Let’s look at procrastination. We’ve all done it, we all do it, we’re all going to do it again. How many times have you procrastinated? You kept putting off not smoking. You said the diet will start on Monday. But why put this stuff off? There is no better time than the present.

It’s because procrastination is an avoidance strategy. We do something else instead of doing what we need to do. Why? Because we rather do more to avoid pain than seek out pleasure.

Let’s take a look at short term vs long term gain. Often when something is ‘worth it’ it takes commitment, time, usually a bit of blood, sweat and tears. Things that are worth it are hard. Exercising for instance is a lot like that. I’m sure many of you have procrastinated when thinking you could stand to work out or eat healthier.

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This Is What It Takes To Be A Good Leader


What does it take to be a good leader? When I think of a leader I think of someone who is organised, responsible, dependable. But leadership is changing. It has changed, and it will continue to change as our consciousness evolves. There is a new leadership paradigm happening right now, and it’s not about who is on top.

We live in such an exciting time where the opportunity for self-development is everywhere. We have resources at our fingertips to guide us and help us grow into better leaders.


Before we can even begin to think about being a great leader we need to lay a solid foundation, because a good leader has many layers – like an onion. When someone is a phenomenal leader, it bring tears to your eyes. Think about leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. Quite the tearjerkers.

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Overcoming the Stigma of Mental Illness

One of the best ways to get through challenging times is to talk about it. The more guilt that is placed around mental illness, the more shame we create for those who have it. The sooner we accept mental illness as a real disease, the sooner we support those who need it most.

Someone very close to me has been recently diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder. Bipolar II is a milder case of Bipolar I and is defined as being present if the person experiences episodes of both hypomania and depression but no manic episodes. The severity of the highs does not lead to hospitalization (Black Dog Institute).

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