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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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Self-Care in the Face of an Election

Oh, it’s that time again. When the mud is slinging, and people are berating and talking over each other. And if you watched the first presidential debate, you probably, like the rest of us, went to bed with a headache and woke up with a hangover caused by confusion and disbelief.  Every four years we…

Stop Being So Mean to Yourself

We all have that voice in our head. You know the one I’m talking about––the mean, critical one that makes us feel unworthy and less-than. And for many of us, unfortunately, that mean voice is our default setting.  Whether this negative self-talk is due to childhood trauma, stress, or dysfunctional relationships, it’s difficult to break…

The Very Best Tools to Calm Down

We’re wrapping up our fight or flight adventure this week and I want to leave you with a few ideas and products that have helped me shift out of fight or flight, calm my nervous system, and stay at peace. (If you missed any of the last blog posts and want a primer on shifting…

Animals Absorb Our Energy

Animals are special creatures. Like us, they are sources of spiritual power that both absorb and reflect the energy that surrounds them. For many of us, animals are an outlet of joy and happiness. A little girl gets her first dog and the two become inseparable, spending time playing and swimming. A young man living…

Is Relaxing Foreign to You? Here’s Your Passport to Peace

More than a few years ago while lying poolside and staring at the Costa Rican mountains, I worried why I was so tired. Was I sick? Was I getting sick? What was wrong with me? The hypochondriac in me rolled over and said to my husband David, “I’m so tired. I must be sick.” He…

From Surviving to Thriving: How You Can Shift Out of Fight or Flight

George and Betty’s doors were buttoned up tightly the day I stood on the side of my house metamorphosing into a twelve-year-old hustler. But smoke billowed from my neighbors’ chimney, so I knew they were home. They were my best option for getting cash—cash I needed to buy food for me and my brother and…

5 Ways to Go from Overwhelmed to Joyful

Are you overwhelmed? Have you lost your va va voom? Are everyday tasks bringing you down flat? It’s easy to fall into the unhappy lull of go go go and do do do. Even during the days of coronavirus, when we’re supposedly slowing down and staying home, feeling overwhelmed is a real thing. Add to…

In Compassion Lies Divinity

Sometimes we’re just so human. You know what I mean—those times when other people’s habits, perspectives, and political views get the best of us and we say hurtful things. But also within our humanness, deep inside all our impatience and judgment, we have something else, something better. We have compassion.  Compassion is so powerful! It’s…

Are You Living in the Shallow?

Have you ever seen a parrotfish up close and in person? They are magnificent! Also called the “rainbows of the sea,” they flash neon pink, yellow, and blue, while playfully inviting you to follow them deep into the sea. Parrotfish are able to change their sex when needed for procreation and make pajamas out of…

Everything You Need Is Already Inside of You

So often in life when we encounter an obstacle or are confronted with a tough decision, we look outside ourselves for answers. We call a friend, fire off an email to a colleague, or search Google.  Rarely do we ever trust ourselves to solve life’s most difficult questions. We don’t listen to our own wisdom…

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