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How to Move on When Someone Says Unkind Things About Your Body or You

I overheard the conversation from the hall. No one knew I was there. Well, except me. I could hear her telling my mom that my sister and I were chunky. And “getting rather large” and it’d be best if we lost some weight, especially “Corinne.” I was 11-years-old. At 11, I hadn’t heard of this concept of ‘weight.’ Let alone, someone “getting rather large.” Sure, I was teased a lot by other little kids. Who would make jokes about my frizzy hair or bad acne. I had horrible, horrible acne. ...

A Mistake Most Women Trying to Feel Healthier & Happier Make

  My husband’s legs are smaller than mine. I remember when I first realized this during our dating days. I walked right up next to him, put my thigh next to his thigh and exclaimed, “My legs are bigger than yours!” My ego wanted him to say, “No, they’re not.” Even though I knew they were. But instead, he said, “Yea, so?” I stared at him a few seconds not knowing what to say. I felt hurt and frustrated at the same time. But, I knew these feelings weren’t logical. ...

Are Your Too-Small Jeans Keeping You Stuck?

I used to have this pair of jeans. They were tiny and not representative of my body’s true frame, like at all. But I clung onto them. For the simple fact that they were small, I used to be able to fit into them and to be totally honest because I hoped to maybe be able to wear them again… But then, one random day, I realized I was never going to wear them again. And, it was more than OK. Because the crazy things I did to fit into ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...