Posts by Amy Beth Acker

Amy Beth Acker, LCSW, is a psychotherapist, integrative life coach, Embodied Healing Systems Practitioner, and author of the book The Way of the Peaceful Woman. She specializes in working with high-achievers, over-functioners, and ambitious humans. She loves guiding her clients to divine relationships, confident leadership, and personal freedom. For more information, please visit amybethacker.com (therapy site) or ofwhoweare.com (coaching site). You can also find her on Instagram @ofwhoweare.

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When Life Feels Hard and Unfair: 4 Lessons That Helped Me Cope

“Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.” ~William James

Two years ago, I gave birth to my second daughter via a planned C-section at thirty-seven weeks.

My first daughter had been born via emergency C-section after seventeen hours of unmedicated labor. I had very much wanted a natural, intervention-free birth. Due to a number of issues, the surgery was so complicated that I was told it would be dangerous to ever go into labor, much less have a natural birth ever again.

Of course, this was devastating for me.

Still, I …

How We Can Stop Judging Others and Ourselves

“There is no path to peace. Peace is the path.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

We live in a world of ticker headlines, 24/7 news, and constantly updating Instagram and Facebook feeds. We are constantly making snap-decision judgment calls, categorizing what we see into “good,” “bad,” or “unimportant.”

In a second, we can see an image and believe we have all we need to form a fully realized opinion.

It’s in our biological wiring to judge everything we see—it’s how we have survived for generations upon generations. We are in a constant state of scanning our environment for threats and attempting to efficiently …