{Thrive} Here’s Why You Should Try Reiki

Every night before bed, Hudson asks me to give him good vibes, good spirits and good energy. In other words, his nightly Reiki treatment. Grounding, clearing and calming, regular Reiki sessions were a huge part of my healing process and they continues to be a part of our self-care practices. I’m sure some of you are are asking, what is Reiki? I get it. I had never heard of this gentle yet profound,  healing modality prior to my battle with chronic illness. That being said, I’m sure you have just as many questions as I did. Continue reading “{Thrive} Here’s Why You Should Try Reiki”

{Breathe} Mindful Moments: 12 Ways To Love Yourself Today

One of the biggest challenges we all face in our day-to-day lives is learning to love ourselves. Crazy, right? I know this to be true from my own healing journey as well as the time I spend working with and talking to all of you. Another truth? No one is free from suffering but we can control the way we support ourselves through it. And, our inability to love ourselves will surely exacerbate the suffering making self-love and self-compassion a skill that is 100% worth learning. Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Moments: 12 Ways To Love Yourself Today”

{Breathe} A Simple Exercise in Body Love

I recently asked a teenage client to share three parts of her body that she loved. She paused, looked at me with startled and fearful eyes and replied, “Really?” Yes, really. I could empathize with her reaction because this exercise used to be really hard for me too. Honestly, there are days when it still is, and that is why it’s so important. The real work comes when we start to bring our awareness to the parts of our body that feel difficult to love and change the story.  Continue reading “{Breathe} A Simple Exercise in Body Love”

{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within

My healing process has shined a glaringly bright light on the many emotions I experience each day. Two that seemed to show up quite regularly (and still can), are fear and criticism.  I was white knuckled and extremely hard on myself, especially when it came to my desire to heal faster. I thought if I controlled every little thing, including my emotions, that I could will anything undesirable away. This would make my whole body tense, like my grip on life was literally so tight I couldn’t breathe. I was drowning in fear but the thing is, I couldn’t will or reason any of it away. I could not steer the ship no matter how tight I held on. It just made the whole journey harder. The breakthrough moment came when I decided to let go. It’s cliche, but it’s everything. I threw up my hands, exhaled and surrendered to the ride. Then I made the choice to truly love myself which I now realize was something I had never done. Continue reading “{Breathe} How To Heal: Loosen Your Grip and Love From Within”

{Thrive} 3 Reasons You Should Throw Out Your Scale

Why I Don't Weigh Myself We are nearing the end of January which means your New Years Resolution may be waning a bit. That’s okay. It happens to most of us. And you’re in luck because I have a better idea for you. It’s more achievable action than resolution. Stop weighing yourself. I want you to throw out your scale. Today. You could even set it on fire if that feels more compelling. It does to me but I am all about the big farewell when it comes to your scale. Wouldn’t that feel good? How freeing! Seriously, unleash your fury on this small but mighty metric that has ridiculed you for too long. Evict it from your life…never to be seen again. Your scale deserves to die a horrible death for the way it has been making you feel. Frustrated. Ashamed. Inadequate. Defeated. I am going to let you in on a little secret. You are none of these things. You are beautiful and worthy and enough. No matter the number. Not convinced? Scared to let it go? I get it. The act of weighing ourselves can become a nasty habit that is really hard to break. That isn’t a reason to hold on to it though. Weighing yourself doesn’t serve you in a positive way. Are  you are ready to be well and healthy, from the inside out? This is a great first step. It’s time to take back the control. To take back your self-worth. It’s time to throw out your scale. Here’s why: Continue reading “{Thrive} 3 Reasons You Should Throw Out Your Scale”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Self-Love Challenge

youSelf-love is awkward. It feels indulgent and strange. The thing is, self-love is the foundation of any wellness practice because you will not be motivated to care for yourself in a thoughtful way unless you truly love and respect yourself. Let’s start now. We can do this together because, honestly, it feels just as vulnerable for me… Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: Self-Love Challenge”