Kerry Graham

Bio

Kerry Graham lives, teaches, writes, runs, and photographs in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has appeared in The Three Quarter Review, Spry, elephant journal, A Quiet Courage and Vine Leaves Literary Journal, among others. Connect with her on Instagram and Twitter: @mskerrygraham.

Kerry Graham Articles

More than simply maintaining high expectations, I force myself to be an overachiever.

Why I’m A Relentless Overachiever

More than simply maintaining high expectations, I force myself to be an overachiever.

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For over five years, I endured these attacks with no knowledge of how to end them, or why they began.

My Evolving Relationship With Anxiety

For over five years, I endured these attacks. A therapist identified the source of this physical and mental torment: anxiety.

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Self-Love Is A Survival Skill

My lack of self-love had never stopped me from loving anyone else, but, by loving myself, I could now love everyone, and everything, more profoundly.

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How I’m Unlearning To People-Please

I do not remember a time in my life when I was not a people-pleaser. I apologize often, and unnecessarily. I'm finally unlearning to people-please!

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I am doing this at the risk of people who may criticize or question me, because at least some part of me knows: If I don’t, something worse will happen to me, and soon.

The First Time I Cared About Myself More Than The Consequences

Despite the possible consequences, I am allowing myself more than a mere moment to recuperate.

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Despite my newfound awareness that I must practice self-compassion, I simply do not feel worthy of it.

Why I Must Commit To Self-Compassion

Will practicing self-compassion make me feel, or become, selfish? I cannot discern when to hold myself accountable versus when to cut myself slack.

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