New Twists on Classic Relationship Advice

I recently went to an outdoor wedding at a golf course set in an idyllic area surrounded by trees. The young couple toasted pink champagne (the bride’s fave), and we clapped as they shared their first dance to “At Last”. You could smell lavender from the bushes decorating the perimeter of the club house. If…

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How to identify and create a plan for your goals.

There are two ways to think about the phrase “last four months.” Some of you might think, Yes, four months left, while others might think, Crap, only four months left! As a glass-half-full kind of person, I offer you this encouragement. A new school year signifies the end of summer, but it is also a…

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How to Live an Excuse-free Life

If you stopped 20 random people in the grocery store and asked them what their dream is, I bet few would be able to articulate one. And I get it. It’s much easier to focus on your 87,000 daily responsibilities than to purposely add more on. I GET IT. Some of us weren’t taught to…

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How to Stop Caring About Other People’s Opinions

Do you find that your list of pet peeves grows as you get older? I’m raising my hand. One of my new pet peeves is when people care about other people’s opinions about them. Let me share an example. My parents in law live in a retirement community complete with exercise center, a clubhouse, and…

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Fear of Losing Your Partner’s Love

This is such a big topic that I almost don’t where to start. Memes on Pinterest show pictures of squirrels holding nuts with “follow your dreams” written above their heads. (You don’t know where I’m going with this, do you?) Motivational speakers and fitness instructors implore us to “not make yourself small so others can…

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Ten Tips for Practicing Self-Care

A few weeks ago, I hurriedly took a shower and got dressed to go to the movies with my husband. I decided to “dress up.” I planned a sequin tank with a summer skirt and heels. I thought I was ahead of the game by shaving my legs, until my seven-year-old son Sebastian got a…

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I Love My Body & The Body Image Continuum

When I gave birth to my two-year-old daughter, Julia, I weighed 243 pounds. In fourth grade and throughout my first diet, I weighed 102 pounds. When I was in seventh grade, I tipped the scale at 165. When I got married, I weighed 148. Today, as I type this, I am 200.6 pounds. It hurts…

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3 Reasons Why We Fear Success

At first glance, the phrase “fear of success” seems counter-intuitive. Who would be afraid of success? Doesn’t everyone want to be successful and reach their goals? It seems more typical to fear failure, right? The more I contemplated this phenomenon, though, the more it makes sense. Keep reading for three reasons why we fear success…

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Formidable Female Manifesto

I see you. Perhaps you are in the dreaded “middle-age” zone and are 35 or older. Maybe you have children, a significant other, or an established career. Your life is set. You no longer think of yourself too much outside of those parameters. Some of your underwear probably has holes, and you likely only have…

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