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The Body Image Checkup: How to Love Yourself More

For those of you who have been reading along over the past few months, you know that when I was twelve my dad went to prison. You also know that my Christian school wasn’t too fond of my dad being a criminal. They didn’t believe that the daughter of a felon should be the valedictorian,…

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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Have you been working out lately? Naturally, in the year of Covid, my usual exercise haunts are quieter than ever. Treadmills are empty. Pilates reformers are going unused. And, I continue to have a lot more personal space around my yoga mat—as I’ve been doing my downdogs at home.  It’s important, especially this year, to…

Keeping Your Spirits Bright This Holiday Season

In the days of Covid it’s easy to lose your holiday spirit. Even though a vaccine is on the horizon, they say it’s going to be a long, lonely winter before we feel its positive impact. So we’re told not to gather. Not to visit. Not to toast one another. Even the age-old tradition of…

How to Supercharge Your Immune System

In the days of Covid, I haven’t been sick once. Not a cold, sinus infection, or the flu. It could be because I’m not traveling. Or, because I’m constantly washing my hands and wearing a mask. Or maybe because I’m not hugging people.  But I really think it’s because I supercharge my immune system. It’s…

Why We Should Forgive

We all do it from time to time.  Whether we’ve felt slighted in a relationship or insulted by an in-law at Thanksgiving, we all hold grudges.  A lot of why we hold grudges and refuse to forgive is subconscious. We walk around like a victim portraying a false sense of valor for the pain that…

How to Fight Scurvy & Other Lessons From the Pilgrims

Once upon a time, there was a group of people who dreamed of a life without limitations. They were a prayerful bunch of entrepreneurs and risk takers who wanted a freedom they had never experienced but knew was theirs for the taking. The Pilgrims wanted the freedom to worship as they chose. Freedom to own…

The Dos and Don’ts For a Happier Thanksgiving

The days before a big holiday can feel overwhelming. We’re rushing around shopping, fighting traffic, and cooking—all while trying to be socially safe. Add to that, the cleaning and prepping and the family drama that usually ensues.  To keep things at a happier, more peaceful vibe this Thanksgiving, here are a few dos and don’ts….

Love and How to Choose Differently—For Real This Time

Do all your relationships have a common theme? Maybe you give too much? Maybe you’re insecure? Maybe you don’t really trust and give yourself completely? Do you feel like in all your romantic relationships you’re dating the same person over and over again? No matter who you’re with, you’re having the same arguments and are…

The Importance of Being Lovable

Love is everything! It’s the common denominator of our existence—the energy that fuels us and the world around us. How do we attract more love? By being more lovable!  Being lovable allows us to attract the type of love we desire. Whether it’s a romantic love or a deeper love with friends and family, being…

EFT Tapping for Turbulent Times

Loving ourselves throughout our lifetime is a wonderful but challenging endeavor. And the big question is––how do we continue to love ourselves through everything, especially the big emotions of self-doubt, fear, and anxiety? It’s so difficult, isn’t it?  I’ve experienced this many times in my life, especially lately when the world is serving up so…

Self-Love Happens Every Day

Sometimes loving ourselves is difficult. While we show compassion and understanding to others, we rarely show it to ourselves. We pay compliments to others but hardly to ourselves. We long to be with others and show our love, but don’t show love for ourselves.  Why?  A lot of it comes from how we were raised….

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