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The Truth About Losing Weight & Finding Love

In my late teens and early twenties, I was obsessed with counting calories. I didn’t even see food. I saw calories. In other words, I was entirely focused on calories. So calories were all I saw. In my mid-twenties, I’d obsess whether or not the new guy I was dating liked me back. Here, my focus was on someone else’s feelings (or lack of them) for me. And since I was insecure and fearful of being alone, all I saw were signs that my new romantic interest just wasn’t that ...

Dating & Want to Throw in the Towel? Read This.

A few years ago, the man I thought I’d marry, dumped me like a hot pancake. One unexpected night, he shared the news with me at our kitchen table that he was no longer in love and the next morning he was gone. I wouldn’t see him again until a month or so later when we overlapped briefly in our moving out schedules with a heartfelt, tear-felt “goodbye.” I had thought I was (hands raised, pumping with joy in the air) forever done with dating. After this scenario, that just ...

The Blame Game: Do You Have it All Wrong?

I’m in the middle of recording my course, Ditch the Diet. Get MORE. And let me tell you, with two dogs randomly barking, a cat who likes to follow me around everywhere, a fiancé coming in and out, and with a microphone that picks up every little movement, sound, and flip of paper … recording is taking much longer than anticipated. Every opportunity I get for use of a quiet office space or dogs being removed from the home (or walked!), I jump on it, like a spot in ...

The Things We Aren’t Taught

  Yesterday, I was talking to my dad on the phone. Deep in conversation (our conversations are more like mutual therapy sessions), he says something along the lines of, “No parent ever tells their kid when they’re little, ‘Welcome to the world, life is going to be hard.’ But that’s the fact of the matter. You’re going to have peaks, and you’re going to have valleys and the hope is that your peaks are more often than your valleys. But they’re both a part of life.” I pause, waiting. I ...

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 ...

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 ...