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101 Ways to Know You’re Changing for the Better

How do you know you’re changing and growing for the better? Well, the first key to noticing any of your growth is self-reflection. It’s through self-reflection that we have the ability to recognize our growth. And it is in stillness that we discover our dreams, our visions, and our very own being. Because to put it quite frankly, if you never pause to notice where you’ve been or where you’re going, but most importantly where you are, you will miss the most important piece to self-discovery – stillness.   You ...

If “Off-Limit” Foods are Sabotaging You, Read This

Peanut butter used to be my “vice.” I always wanted it, but never let myself have it. At the time, it just didn’t fit into my self-imposed diet plan. It was too high-calorie. Too small of a portion size. Too much fat. During my time in-between undergrad and grad school, I used to waitress and bartend at the Harvard Club. Bartending always threw me for a loop because I never knew any of the drinks customers were ordering. If it wasn’t wine or a martini … I’d be asking the ...

7 Traits of Body-Positive People

The night that I went to the gym to work off a 100-calorie pack of pretzels was the night I realized I was in deep and something needed to change. There had to be a different way. I could begin learning to love and accept myself and fuel myself properly with not only good nutrition, but self-love, self-kindness, and compassion, or I could carry on like this – a slave to the number on the scale who was miserable, despite having arrived at her “goal” weight. Thus, my journey began ...

One of the Most Useful Self-Love Tools Women Get Wrong

When I first learned about mantras and affirmations I thought they were a  joke. I’m supposed to just say something to myself over and over and over again and it’s going to become a reality?? Ummmm … I think not. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a mantra is: “A word or phrase that is repeated often or that expresses someone’s basic beliefs.” The definition of an affirmation is “the act of affirming”. To affirm means to “say that something is true in a confident way.”   In ...

Body & Self-Love Advice Every Woman Needs

The other day I received an email from a reader that hit me hard. It echoed so many of the same thoughts and beliefs I had at her age. But more importantly, I think so many of us echo these same thoughts and beliefs –  at any age. If you’ve ever felt like your body was holding you back, your body wasn’t good enough, or your disordered relationship with food and your body image was taking over, keep reading. This one is for you.   THE QUESTION (names removed to preserve ...

7 Things to Remember When You “Feel Fat”

A few weeks ago, I was at a wedding. Telling my fiancé that I felt bloated, fat, and gross. I wore a little black dress that was 10 years old. It was rather tight and to be frank, it was that time of the month. He told me I was ridiculous. He told me I  “looked beautiful.” Then … on the plane ride home … my pants split … like all the way. One. Big. Ol’ rip. MAJOR eeek. My fears bubbled up… OMG was my body really that much different ...

Dating? The Most Important Thing to Remember When Your Date Stops Calling

Today, I’m answering a reader’s question that’s very near and dear to my heart. Because it’s something that I personally struggled with when I was dating. And something that when I got over, seriously transformed my entire dating world. But more importantly, it’s something that I find we do when we don’t  have enough self-love, self-confidence, or self-care. So if you’ve ever found yourself wondering what you did wrong (or what’s wrong with you) to cause the person you’re seeing to randomly disappear, read on. You don’t want to miss ...

101 Ways to Practice Self-Love

Self-love is a tricky thing. We all want it. We all need it. But, how do we get it? Because it’s not just something you can go to the store to buy. Below you’ll find a list of 101 things on how to practice self-love. Ranging from things you can do, videos you can watch, podcasts you can listen to, ways of thinking you can adopt, books you can read, challenges you can do, mindset shifts you can use, and much, much more. As always, read with an open mind, ...

The Importance of Self Care and Putting Your Own Needs First (It Doesn’t Make You a Bad Person!)

A beautiful guest post by a beautiful writer, Jennifer Baxter. (If just reading the words “putting your own needs first” in that title made you cringe a little, this post is for you.) Are you the type of person who does everything for everyone? You cook the meals, you clean the house, you take on the extra projects at work, you coach the kids’ sporting events, you volunteer… and then at the very end of the day, if you have any time or energy left, you might pay attention to ...

12 Traits of Authentically Kind, Strong Women

A large part of my work is coaching women to get MORE. More happiness, more life, more laughter, more self-love, and more self-acceptance. Allowing them to deepen their connection with themselves and ultimately, become stronger. But what does stronger mean? While it can mean different things for different people, there are 12 traits I almost always consistently see amongst kind, caring, compassionate, strong women…   1. They don’t take things personally Instead they understand that others’ are on their own path and the reason that person is coming off as ...