{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”

{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A 5 Minute Meditation

5-minutesStop what you are doing and take one really juicy breath. Right now. I’m not kidding. Close your eyes and settle into its beauty. I am always amazed at the power of one purposeful breath. It can completely transform your energy in a positive way and considering the chaos of the holidays, this is the perfect time for a reminder to hit pause and reset so let’s do it. Right now. No excuses. Continue reading “{Breathe} Mindful Monday: A 5 Minute Meditation”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Owning our Stories

owning our stories We all have stories. Some of them are true though some are not and many of them become muddled over time. The thing that we often forget is that we are not shackled to these stories–no matter how tragic or hurtful or scary or triumphant they might be. Our stories, though a part of our personal journey, do not define us and they most certainly do not need to define who we would like to be. Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Owning our Stories”

{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Daring Greatly

“What would you be glad you did–even if you failed?” Brené Brown

So, a pretty big thing happened a week or so ago. I had the opportunity to do a cooking segment on Good Morning America. Yeah, it was a big deal. The opportunity stirred up a number of emotions that, while normal, were pretty uncomfortable in the moment. Let’s be honest. I was crazy nervous. There was this battle of epic proportions happening in my head and fortunately, after years of practice… the strong, confident voice was the loudest. I was literally telling myself to “dare greatly” as the camera man counted down the seconds to the segment. I share this with all of you because most of us can relate. We have heard those sparring voices in our head. You know, the one that says “I am enough” which is quickly shot down by that jerky voice that tells us we are not worthy. Continue reading “{Thrive} Mindful Monday: Daring Greatly”