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If You Feel Lonely & Want to Make New Friends but Don’t Know Where to Start

Do you ever feel lonely? I do. Especially being someone who works from home. You see – the thing is – I thought it was only me… But the more I started talking about loneliness with girlfriends (or even random people at local coffee shops, on my walks, or at yoga), I soon discovered I wasn’t alone. And when I saw that 72% of adults admitted to feeling lonely … I thought OMG – I’m even more NOT alone in these random creeping feelings of loneliness. Which really got me ...

Not Everyone is Going to Like YOU … & it’s OK

Here’s a not-so-secret secret: OCD runs in my family. And for me – as weird as it sounds – my childhood obsession with whether or not my friends liked me was one sure-fire way to spot it. In middle school, I’d sit cross-legged, alone in my room, and mentally run through my friends, like I was going down a list. For each friend, I’d ask myself, “Are they mad at me? Do they like me?” Repeat, repeat, repeat. Typically, I’d do about three or four exhausting rounds of this… Today, ...

You Can Do Hard Things

It was 2015 and here I was. On the verge of turning 30. And I was moving back home with my parents in light of my newly single status. This was not how I envisioned entering my third decade of life. In fact, it was the exact opposite. I was supposed to feel like my life was coming together, not unraveling… Well, the unraveling started to shift one slightly depressive evening, after I came home from my first date, since entering singledom. He was a nice guy who I “met” ...

Is Wanting to Lose Weight a Bad Thing?

A few weeks ago, I was on instagram doing “the usual scroll” when a certain post from a fellow instagrammer caught my eye. I can’t remember the full message, but the essence of the post was that wanting to lose weight was not good, and you should only want to focus on loving yourself. A few comments in on this post, a young woman strongly disagreed with the user who had posted it. She asked, “If you know you’re unhealthy, are you saying that wanting to lose weight is a ...

It’s Never Too Late

It was three years ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I had just come home from a hot yoga class. I’d been crying in the class. It was one of those cries where your sadness encompasses your whole body to the point you feel numb, and you don’t have any energy left to give. So when you finally release your sadness, your face doesn’t move much. Hot tears simply stream down your cheeks. For me, being in a hot yoga class was a great thing. It meant ...

Want to Feel Loved, Successful & Confident? Do These 3 Things

I’ve been going to yoga just about every day for almost 3 years now. I still can’t do a flying half moon pose … or lots of other poses for that matter. And you know what? It’s fine. I don’t really care. But, I do care that I show up. That I try, have fun, connect with myself, and walk out of that room feeling less in my head space and more in my heart space. You see, even being a yoga teacher, I’m still a student in every way ...

3 Ways to Stop Feeling Shame About Your Weight and Body

A few weeks ago, I got married. It was a beautiful day. Even though I wasn’t the best bride in-planning (thank you, now husband!), I had a great time with lots of laughs and some very good stories. A couple of those stories are that the back closure of my dress popped off and I broke a chair  – ha! After the wedding, I was joking with a girlfriend that thank god my body image issues are behind me. If they weren’t, my breaking a chair and busting through my ...

Dropping the Idea of How “IT” Should Look: YES. It’s Possible for You.

  Here, I was. On the side of the road. In my hometown. Being pulled over for driving 5 miles above the speed limit (eye roll). As the officer came up to my car, asking me why I was speeding, I apologized. I told him I didn’t realize I was speeding and that I was just trying to make it to my yoga class on time. He asked for my license and registration and walked to his car. He came back shortly, handing over my license and registration.   Officer: ...

When a Comment About Your Weight is Made…

Just as I was walking back from dinner, my girlfriend shot me a text about a comment someone made on my new Facebook profile photo. “Jane Doe’s {name changed for privacy} Facebook comment? I mean come on. Don’t ask that on Facebook.” I had no idea what she was talking about. I deleted the app a couple months back. But, my girlfriend had me intrigued … and a little concerned. What in the world could have been said? I downloaded Facebook and saw the comment… It was from a woman, ...

Be The One Who Shows Up

When I was 16, I wanted to work at this restaurant called Java Grill. It was a burrito joint that did burgers, smoothies, and coffee drinks. It was a seat yourself, grab your food behind the counter kind of place. It was about a 20 minute walk from my house and I could get tips. I wanted a job and I wanted my own money.  So, one random summer day, I went in and applied to be a counter person. Right after I handed in my application, I was told ...