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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Let It Go and Forgive Yourself

I’m going to invoke a song that will not leave your head for the remainder of the day. Or week. In the words of Queen Elsa of Arendelle, “Let it go! Let it go! Can’t hold it back anymore!” You’re welcome. Consider it my gift to you. In short, whatever you may be holding onto…

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2 Huge Reasons Why we Don’t Pursue our Goals

I write today’s blog with a heavy heart because, frankly, it’s a heavy topic. I can rattle off 10 reasons why we are too afraid to pursue new goals and dreams, but they don’t get bigger than these two: We are afraid of how our path will affect our significant others and children. Heavy, right?…

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3-Point Plan for Establishing Wellness Goals

Sounds simple, right? Then why aren’t you doing it? So many of the things we know are good for us are simplistic in concept, but we stumble in taking action. Sometimes you need to hear the same thing 8 times before conquering it for good. Let’s dive in to your 8th and final time. Here is…

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Why we put ourselves down when complimented

 Allow me to paint a picture of two successful women who still find it necessary to put themselves down and why we put ourselves down when complimented:  As a High School Counselor and Independent College Counselor, I visit 15-ish colleges a year to share firsthand knowledge with my students. Recently I was in line during…

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Why You Need to Stop Hitting the Snooze Button

Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic by explaining why you need to stop hitting the snooze button, but it’s impacting our entire day without us even knowing it. Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: 5:00 am (or whatever time for you) the alarm goes off. We think to ourselves; I hate you, alarm, and…

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