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3 Tools (You’re Not Using) to Become the Happiest Healthiest Version of You

  The holidays can bring up a lot of funky feelings – from lack to fear of gaining weight (how many articles do we need to see about beating holiday weight gain?) to overwhelm. Lack, fear, and overwhelm – a sure-fire mix to feel not good enough, not thin enough, and getting weird with our food – whether that be overeating, skipping meals and snacks, creating a bunch of food rules that keep us stuck, or eating for comfort.   I’ve been there. It’s painful. It hurts. And it leaves ...

How I Live On Purpose

  In this fun interview, I’m sharing how I live on purpose in support of my friend Dr. Danielle Dowling and her new book The Soul Sessions, a 5-week guide to crafting greater joy and making big things happen. Get a free sample here !   How do you let go of the chase for perfection? By remembering that there’s no such thing as perfect. And that once you get to that “perfect place” there’s always another “perfect” you want to get to. The cycle is never ending. It’s the ...

Are Your Beliefs What’s Really Keeping You Stuck in Dieting Craziness?

  We all have beliefs, stories and thoughts that make us who we are today. Sometimes they hold us back; sometimes they propel us forward. Which do yours do for you?   Mine were holding me back… I remember it like it was yesterday. But it was over 12 years ago now. It was about 9 p.m. on a Friday, and I was hungry (so hungry). So, I ate the only thing I had around, which I wasn’t petrified of eating this late – a 100-calorie pack of fat-free pretzels. ...

A Game Changer for Compassionate Women

  Growing up, I always wanted everyone to like me. As a tween, before going to bed, I’d think about all my good friends – I had about 4 or 5 – and I’d go around quickly in my mind making sure “we were good.” Had I said anything to hurt their feelings? Did they sound happy to talk to me on the phone? Did my different opinion make them upset?   From a very young age, I feared speaking my opinion; honoring my truth; and voicing my feelings when ...

12 Unexpected Ways to Transform Your Relationship with Food & Yourself

  In my teens and most of my early twenties , I used to be totally weird with food. I had all these rules. I had to eat this for lunch, only this many calories for a snack, and if I ate too much, I’d “work it off” the next day in the gym. The worst part though was the games I’d play. I’d deprive, deprive, deprive to stick to “the plan” and then by the time I got around what I really wanted – I’d pig out. One of ...

Feeling Like a Loser? Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing

  When I first started on my (spiritual) journey, I was naive. At the same time, I was beating myself up and occasionally, felt like a loser.   I believed the more I challenged the beliefs holding me back, reframed my thoughts for the better, mediated, prayed, practiced mindfulness, lived self-kindness, moved my body out of love, and spoke my truth –  I’d be in a constant state of amazing energy. I wasn’t always in a constant state of amazingness. Did these things help me stay in a good place? ...

25 Things I Do To Love My Body (And How You Can Too)

In kindergarten, our class bully would sit behind me and pull out my hair tie – daily – just like clockwork. Leaving my French braid, side ponytail, or occasional half-up, half-down look to become unraveled. Throughout grade school, I was teased. I was somewhat chunky and just did my own thing. The teasing never bothered me, odd enough. In middle school and early high school, my “care-free, I-like-me attitude,” attracted friends. And as always, I was happy with who I was and what I looked like. It wasn’t until later ...

One Secret Every Woman Trying to Love Themselves Should Know

Jamming food in your mouth, in the car, scrambling to get to your appointment on time.  Feeling panicked.   Finally getting home, STARVING  (went too long without eating) – devouring chips, Cheez-Its, peanut butter, grapes – or whatever the heck is around. Aftermath = feeling pretty gross.   Pushing your body to workout because you despise your “big, stubby thighs.” Not because you love your body and want to feel vibrant, energetic, and strong. Feeling like you want to flip that switch.   Realizing some of the things and people in ...

Why I Stopped Comparing Myself to Others

This post is a guest post by Dr. Danielle Dowling & originally appeared here   Many of us are slaves to comparison. I’m not as thin as So-and-so I don’t earn as much as she does I’m not as funny or as intelligent I’m not as tall or as pretty The list goes on. And on. I totally get it. I do it too – but (thankfully) not as often ...

5 Surprising Questions for Body Love

This piece was originally a guest post I wrote for The Body Book     Women come to me to transform their relationship with their body and ultimately, themselves.   They’re tired of not feeling good enough, exhausted from trying to figure out how to eat “right,” and they’re ready to end the body bashing.   Sound familiar?   Here’s the thing, feeling good in your skin isn’t about being a size 2, it’s about nourishing your soul from the inside out and appreciating who you are (exactly as you ...