{Thrive} “Manifest Joy” November Mini-Retreat!

Manifest Joy Retreat“Gratitude is the flashlight that leads us through the darkness” – Deepak Chopra

I continue to be in awe of the power of gratitude. Gratitude practices help us stay in the flow of grace and allow us to stay grounded and present moment. Gratitude connects us with the FACT that everything we have is everything we need and everything we need is everything that we have. With this in mind, my dear friend and colleague Julia and I created this accessible retreat to give you the opportunity to explore gratitude and abundance with us. Continue reading “{Thrive} “Manifest Joy” November Mini-Retreat!”

{Thrive} Change is hard, isn’t it?

I’ve been MIA. You may or may not have noticed but the truth is that doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that I am eager to reconnect with with all of you. I haven’t had much to say over the past many months and I know that’s okay. Just like it’s okay to not always be okay. We all get stuck in the mud sometimes and the past several months have felt muddy. Muddy and hard and confusing but I’ve been doing my best to trust the process and the lessons that lie within all of these moments. And by moments I mean a lot of transition. Change is so hard, isn’t it? Continue reading “{Thrive} Change is hard, isn’t it?”

{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”